In the past Christmas decorations were limited to streamers and fairy lights but now, as Robert Hall has discovered, there is a huge selection of novelty lights that can add brightness and fun to your celebrations.
All the signs are that Christmas will be copper coloured in 2015, with Nathan James Dodd seeing metallic hues, particularly copper, taking over from the traditional red and green decorations.
For anyone who wants to be on trend over this coming festive season, there is an impressive range of decorations reflecting richly vibrant copper in the GardenSite.co.uk Christmas collection.
Konstsmide are world famous for designing the most delightful illuminated Christmas decorations and their Copper Metal Candlestick is a contemporary take on a tremendously elegant design.
Such a beautiful object will decorate your table or mantelpiece in an understated and stylish manner, and the five bright candles can also welcome guests if placed in your window.
A Copper Flowers Light Set is another beautiful Christmas piece that can be positioned to wonderful effect on a table top or flat surface, each metal flower adding marvellous seasonal warmth.
Also from Konstsmide is the 24 Ball Light Set that looks fabulous in its own right and can also be arranged creatively with other decorations. As with the other products, this is battery operated with intense LEDs that makes the copper sparkle.
Hang the garlands on the wall or lay them as a centrepiece on the dining table, where they will magically twinkle and add glitz to the festivities.
This Christmas it's clear why copper decorations have increased in popularity, particularly as the metal has such exceptional qualities, an undoubted richness that has natural lustre.
With such an alluring russet appearance, brought to life by brilliant LEDs, it's no wonder that copper is in demand and on trend.
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.