This week Robert Hall has been to the Glee Garden Trade show at the NEC in Birmingham and has reviewed the new Lotus Wheelie Bin Store; Metal Garages, Bicycle Store; Sheds and Workshops and more...
Garden Statuary comes in many forms, crafted in high quality materials, and David Coton chooses some busts, sculptures and statues that can create a genuine classical ambiance.
Their figures are inspired by Roman and Greek culture and mythology - gods, goddesses, emperors, heroic figures and mythical animals. Many are reproductions of originals at stately homes and museums.
Busts placed on pedestals and located around the garden can be tremendously effective. Caesar Augustus is portrayed as Commander-in-Chief gazing imperiously at his troops while there is also a fine bust of Brutus, Julius Caesar's assassin.
Roman emperors Antonius and Septimus are depicted in their finery and a distinguished Aristotle will not be be out of place among the other worthies.
Goddesses are represented by, amongst others, Andromeda whose life was saved by Perseus in Greek mythology, the stunningly attractive Helena, Venus the goddess of love and Diana the Huntress, both busts and full length statues.
Gods are thinner on the ground, but mythical figures such as Hercules, Eros and Apollo make an appearance together with Pan and his pipes. There's also a wonderful intoxicated and dishevelled Bacchus who can be joined by his enthusiastic adherent Bacchante.
In addition to these cast stone statues and busts, there are crushed marble and resin pieces – among them David, Venus de Milo and Aphrodite, the Greek equivalent of Venus - featured in classical poses with a smooth to the touch white alabaster finish creating a marvellous effect.
With many pedestals, planters, vases and other classical accessories to augment this selection of statuary, there is enormous scope for you to create a themed landscape that reflects classical personalities, myths and legends, bringing ancient Greece and Rome into your garden.
With warmer weather and an early Easter, the garden centre is busy at the moment with customers stocking up on summer bedding plants - snapdragons, cornflowers, cosmos, verbena, phlox, petunia, As well as filling planters, hanging baskets and borders with colour that will last all summer, there are always plenty of jobs to do in the garden during April and David Coton has these suggestions.
Every gardener must have noticed a decline in the bee population over recent years. Intensive farming that demands the use of toxic chemicals, climate change and parasite infestation have all been put forward as potential causes, it's a worrying trend but one that we can all help to reverse.
As an excellent alternative to conventional products, Trimetals' storage solutions blend top quality manufacture with contemporary style. Their range has now been extended to include two new maintenance free sheds and Robert Hall has all the details.
Zest 4 Leisure manufactures a large variety of timber garden furniture, fencing and leisure products, David Coton visited their brand new nine acre site near Chester last week to find out more about current development and future plans.