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.
Outdoor Christmas lights brighten the deepest mid-winter, follow Nathan James Dodd's advice and you can achieve a stunning show that will be the envy of your neighbourhood.
Everyone is familiar with traditional white or multi-coloured festoon lights decorating houses all over the country each year. These have now been brought up to date with the use of LEDs and maybe this year it's time to consider decorating the outside of your house with other Christmas lights that benefit from new technology to create dazzling effects.
Stunningly bright and extremely versatile, LEDs have certainly stretched the limits of lighting displays over recent years and Christmas wouldn’t now be the same without these intense stars lighting up the sky.
An extendable LED light system represents the ultimate in reliable outdoor Christmas lighting. Robustly constructed using heavyweight cabling and weatherproof connectors, it is flexible enough to cover your house with myriad of colours.
After plugging in your starter set you are only limited by your imagination with a system capable of powering up to 100 metres of lights wrapping the house in multi-coloured shimmering curtains of LEDs, strings of icicles or the illusion of falling snow.
Not only producing outstanding results the extendable light system runs on 24v, so is very easy on your pocket.
Multi-action and Static Supabright lights come in a range of highly durable sets, maximum intensity LEDs forming intense strings and clusters of the brightest lights in rainbow colours.
Icicle lights have rightly become very popular and 'snowing' icicles are surprisingly energy efficient. Snow tubes are lines of brilliant white LEDs encased in a plastic tube or icicle. The microchip controlled LEDs illuminate in rapid succession to create a fantastic effect.
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. They can be static or have many function settings bringing your display to life.
Whether you want a dramatic hi-tech light show or something more restrained, there’s plenty of ideas to choose from that will turn even the most modest house into a icy evocation of a wintery scene, making it a preferred destination for the arrival Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve.
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.