Requesting a greenhouse without glass is one of the more unusual inquiries that our Marketing Department has received, but it was all in the cause of art and we were pleased to help out local designer Julian Bull create his latest installation.
With a cold snap on the way and freezing weather predicted, Andy Taylor reviews a range of outdoor products that will prove useful over the next few weeks.
These products will help you prepare for frost, ice and snow, keeping tender plants safe, the drive clear, your pond unfrozen and a greenhouse warm.
Gardman Frost Protection Fleece will keep any plants that aren't fully hardy safe from frost damage. Lightweight, strong and easy to cut, it also protects against birds and insects.
Paraffin heaters from Parasene will heat both greenhouses and cold frames, these are essential to overwinter tender plants and for early seed sowing. Bubble wrap comes in rolls and can be used to insulate aluminium and wooden greenhouses, keeping heating costs at a very low level.
Keep your pond from freezing with a heater from our pond ice prevention shop. Here you'll find a large choice of heaters, some with a thermostat to keep costs down, together with aeration units which are a useful alternative.
Also refer to our blog on How To Keep Your Pond Ice Free. To keep an eye on whether the temperature dips below zero, a min/max Garden Thermometer or a Pond Thermometer is a good idea, with the most sophisticated able to transmit the water temperature to a receiver inside the house.
If we do have a white winter, a large Snow Shovel from Bosmere will be invaluable. It will also prove its worth during the summer, so an all round sensible purchase. Bosmere Shoe Grippers will help you stay upright, these lightweight studded attachments for the bottom of your shoes are simple yet very effective.
Grippers probably won't be needed if you have treated your path using a Winter Wizard Salt Stick, an excellent easy to use product. All you do is twist it and one stick will cover 40 square metres with salt that can be bought separately.
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.