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.
Glistening and glittering, Christmas Twig Trees provide a superb backdrop of sparkling light both inside the house and in the garden. Nathan James Dodd reviews a range of trees that have increased in popularity tremendously over recent years.
Twig Trees can be naturalistic, shaped like a willow or a cherry tree, icy white or full of colourful blossom, elegantly tall or bonsai small.
Freestanding or placed on a table top, the trees look perfect in any situation, with masses of LEDs creating a remarkable effect, a dazzling addition to your Christmas decorations.
Although the design and the impact these trees have is very striking, running costs are kept low due to the LEDs' economical energy consumption.
A varied range is offered by this well known Scandinavian lighting company. Up to 2.5m (8ft 2ins) tall, 1.5m (4ft 11ins), their trees come in various styles including a remarkable weeping willow.
Placed outside the trees can line a pathway or decorate your doorway, with their LEDs sprinkling light and adding a festive glow to the surroundings.
Beautiful colourful cherry blossom trees are a Premier speciality. From 1.5m (4ft 11ins) to 2.5m (8ft 2ins) tall, the blue, pink, red and warm white LEDs combine intense light with vibrant colour to create an effervescent display.
As a centrepiece nothing will surpass the exquisite 45cm (1ft 5in) cherry tree with its zigzag stem and dainty multi-coloured blossoms, that is also available in 60cm (2ft) and 2.1m (6ft 11ins) version.
White snowflakes and leaves decorate other trees with frosty twigs and branches. This vivid tracery is tremendously effective against a dark winter background.
The two Christmas Twig Trees from Kaemingk Lumineo are very distinctive. One is an unusual Spiral Christmas Tree with white or black LED laden branches winding around the main stem. This very eye-catching tree has eight light functions and two sizes - 2.4m (7ft 11ins) or 3m (9ft 11ins).
Alternatively, you can choose a very atmospheric birch style tree that has snow covered branches and wonderful warm white illumination. There are three sizes and the tree can be located indoors or in the garden.
For more interest, there's also a Birch Tree Grove consisting of five trees that form a fascinating scene, either 90cm (2ft 11ins) or 1.25m (4ft 1in) high with 48 or 72 LEDs.
Nathan James Dodd
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.