Showcasing young musical talent, this year's Winter Concert at Arthur Terry School was an outstanding success and took place against the stunning backdrop of a Christmas Tree donated by GardenSite.
You can buy so many different types of outdoor Christmas lights these days. In this blog I highlight things to consider when choosing festive lights for outside your home.
Outside Christmas lights brighten the darkest mid-winter and it’s not as difficult as you might imagine to achieve a stunning show that will add spectacular sparkle to the most joyous time of the year.
Large incandescent bulbs are the classic method of decorating the outside of your house and everyone is familiar with these plain white or multi-coloured lights.
But they are dull and inflexible in comparison with LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) that now stretch the limits of lighting displays. Christmas wouldn’t now be the same without these intense bright stars lighting up the sky. LEDs have taken over and the future is very bright and colourful.
The Konstsmide extendable 24V LED light system represents the ultimate in modern reliable outside Christmas lighting. Robustly constructed using weatherproof cabling and connectors, this system will make your garden glisten like never before.
With the new low voltage 24v, you are only limited by your imagination. Picture your garden and house covered with shimmering lights, strings of icicles or the illusion of falling snow. The photograph we use is the house of one of the partners of GardenSite, illustrating our confidence and knowledge of the Konstsmide LV Extendable Lights.
Premier are another name to look out for. Their icicle lights come in Ice White, Blue and Warm White. Sets start off at 4.6 metres (180 LEDs) and stretch to an impressive 23.6 metres (960 LEDs).
Static and multi-action high-intensity Supa bright lights provide dazzling visual effects and come in different lengths and colours from 200 lights or 20 metres to the latest very impressive 720 light set.
Cluster Lights are another fabulous way to introduce masses of light. If you gaze at the millions of stars on a clear night, that's the effect Cluster Lights have. Very small micro LEDs create a tinsel effect that smother everything with frost crystal brightness.
Rope Lighting is also a tried and tested arrangement. Weatherproof and using very strong cabling, the lights can be secured in the desired position by using small plastic tie straps.
To conserve energy or where mains power isn't available, choose solar powered lights. Excellent multi-function lighting sets operate superbly and, with solar power, the batteries are recharged during the day free of charge. Enjoy an energy (and money) saving Christmas with these great products.
Bewitching is the only word that can describe Twig and Blossom outside Christmas lights.
Shimmering white willow trees create an ethereal feel, others have delicate tracery of frosted branches that are stunning in their simplicity or resemble glittering fireworks. Flowering Japanese cherry trees possess an intricate framework of twigs and branches brought to life with bright crystal effect blossoms. Group the trees together for a strikingly beautiful display.
Outdoor sculptures, internally lit by LEDs, come in a range of characters and animals. The ever popular Father Christmas can be seen walking up to your home with his sack of parcels. Reindeer, penguins, snowmen and polar bears, will all illuminate the winter scene you have created.
Lanterns lit by LEDs combine Dickensian tradition with technological progress and can be deployed along a path or hung in trees and bushes, as can cherry lights that come in beautiful and tasteful sets of traditional red, white or a funky purple.
Solar powered, star-shaped pathway lights are a colourful addition to the garden where cables can’t be accommodated.
Whether you want dramatic hi-tech outside Christmas lights or something more restrained, there’s an outstanding selection to choose from, all benefiting from fantastic LEDs. Even the most modest house can be turned into an icy evocation of a winter's scene, making it a preferred destination for the arrival Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve.
Dazzling with colourful interest in the brilliant sunshine, this year's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show will prove to be a tremendous attraction for everyone as it caters for both keen gardeners and families who just what a day out in magnificent surroundings.
After all the dry hot weather that much of the country has experienced over the last few weeks, the lavender in David Coton's garden is at its most colourful and scented, he's cutting the flowerheads to make lavender biscuits or drying them for pot pourri. Here are more jobs you can do in the garden during July.
At this time of the year you'll find a fabulous selection of summer bedding at our Garden Centre in Birmingham. David Coton will be planting the bedding in containers this month to achieve a wonderful display of colour and here are some other jobs to do in the garden in June.
As part of a project designed to sow ideas, grow inspiration and cultivate futures, 300 London schools are growing their own picnic this summer and their reward could be a £500 voucher from GardenSite.