Timber garden decking never seems to lose its popularity, and why should it, when it's such a useful way of extending your living and entertaining space. Andy Taylor explains why decking is so easy to install and how best to look after it.
Hand crafted cast stone ornaments are a superb addition to any garden, so GardenSite is naturally excited at the prospect of offering products from market leaders Chilstone during 2015. David Coton explains why their range of garden ornaments and architectural stonework is so impressive.
Reconstituted or composite stone ornaments reached great popularity in Victorian England. After the manufacturing techniques were thought to have been lost, Chilstone re-invented the processes during the 1950s.
Now based in Kent, Chilstone craftsmen produce a wide array of ornaments, sculptures and structures including fountains, urns, bird baths, temples, sundials, jardinieres, benches and pedestals.
As a testament to their fine quality, Chilstone ornaments can now be found in some of the world's great gardens.
Easily distinguished from mass produced ornaments, Chilstone products are entirely hand made with a finish identical to carved stone and they are often based on the work of great designers.
Attention to detail is paramount with accurate reproduction conveying the original item's elegance whether antique or contemporary.
Colour and texture closely resembles Portland stone, and the composition of the reconstituted stone encourages moss and lichen to enhance its appearance, developing a patina that blends into the landscape.
Interestingly, many ornaments that have acquired sufficient character increase in value and can be seen as an investment as well as a beautiful ornament.
Chilstone ornaments also make wonderful gifts to mark a special occasion or to commemorate an anniversary, perhaps marked with an inscription or bearing a plaque.
Many of their products can be seen at the Chilstone show gardens near Tunbridge Wells, however from next year you will be able to choose from their whole range through GardenSite.
Look out for further news regarding Chilstone on The Gardener blog in the new year.
Robert Hall reviews the new Halls Qube Greenhouse, stating that; this is a major evolutionary step in greenhouse design. Read his full review of the new range here.
GardenSite were once again pleased to support the Boldmere Community Festival which took place on 18 November, with the Christmas Lights switched on by Alan Gardner, well known for his appearances as TV's Autistic Gardener.
Whether it's a bleak December or the more mild weather we are becoming used to, you can still spend useful time in the garden during the last month of the year. David Coton suggests some garden jobs that can occupy the short days.
An iced over pond will have a detrimental effect on animal and plant pond life, although fish and amphibians will survive under a frozen surface for some time, ice traps gases escaping from decaying material and prevents oxygen from entering the water.