With Christmas rapidly approaching, our New Oscott Garden Centre has just taken delivery of that most seasonal of plants – the Poinsettia. These are David Hall's tips on to how to keep these beautiful plants at their colourful best.
Christmas decorations don't have to be streamers or fairy lights. Robert Hall finds that there's plenty of other vivid and colourful items to choose from that will brighten up the festive scene in your household.
Nothing will add more magic to your Christmas celebrations more than indoor Novelty Christmas Lights. These are illuminated by low voltage LEDs or battery powered with low running costs to suit everyone's budget.
There are lluminated silhouettes of traditonal figures such as Santa Claus arriving in a steam train with a wagon full of brightly wrapped presents. These are particularly effective cheerfully lighting up a window on a dark evening.
Other silhouettes feature a Merry Christmas message, a snowman posting letters, and more Santas delivering gifts and, in hat and gloves, sweeping the snow away.
Musical carousels will entrance children, and snow covered scenes, including a lovely wintery Gingerbread House or alpine village look marvellous whether animated or static.
Sparkling silver and gold acrylic pyramids full of warm white LEDs will make an attractive dining table centrepiece or placed on a window sill under a glistening star to welcome visitors.
Decorate the hallway walls or staircase with snowmen, top hatted santas and angels in pink dresses, these are brightly lit by LEDs and come in sets of ten on a string.
Sets of three different sized parcels in various colours, red, blue, green and gold, with silver red or green ribbons and bows will light up the eyes of all the children who see them. Filled with low voltage LEDs, they sparkle and enhance any room.
When the little ones go to bed, a night light is a great idea. You can now surprise your children with an accurately crafted classic mini, available in yellow or red and with a union flag proudly on top. They look great and provide a source of light that makes all the difference at night.
There's really no excuse not to light up your Christmas with any of these quality and quirky products and you can click here to see more Christmas Decorations
David Coton was recently invited to the exclusive launch of Grange's new products for 2018, the result of significant investment that the garden structures and fencing firm have received from their Polish parent company.
David Coton suggests that there are plenty of gardening jobs that need to be done in November, from why you shouldn't throw away your fallen leaves to how to take care of your vegetable patch.
In October, David Coton is getting the garden prepared for the onset of colder weather but, at the same time, the arrival of spring bulbs in the garden centre is a reminder that you should also now be planning ahead for next year.
At GLEE this year David Coton visited the VegTrug stand to find out how their specially designed space saving planters can encourage us to grow more of our own food without the use of pesticides.