There's no doubt that television provides gardeners with inspiration, tips and good ideas, that's why we're all looking forward to new programmes and the return of old favourites during 2018.
GardenSite regularly receives requests from television companies to supply props for all types of productions. Nathan James Dodd reveals that many of your most popular and well loved programmes have featured our products.
A typical request dates from last April when we received a call from the producers of Beowulf, the prestigious thirteen part drama now showing on ITV.
The Grange Apollo Pergola wouldn't immediately come to mind as a Dark Ages' structure, but cover one in hides and this beautiful structure becomes a tent for our hero and his followers. We supplied ten pergolas for the series and you would only know their real identity from the distinctive domed shape.
In 2014, we sent the Zombie of Montclaire to Paul O'Grady for his talk show, an unusual guest for a programme more accustomed to welcoming stars of stage and screen. But it was Chelsea Flower Show Week and there is nothing so scary as this zombie when he climbs out of your flowerbed.
The same year, Big Brother on Channel 5 decided on a renaissance backdrop and asked for our assistance. We recommended some grand statues such as a Design Toscano Staverden Peacock. They also had a pair of Home and Garden Lions that were sprayed gold and placed either side of the Big Brother House gates.
Citizen Khan on the BBC, the self-appointed community leader of the capital of British Pakistan, also required lions, this time stone rather than resin from our huge range of animal garden ornaments, to decorate his Sparkhill terrace house in 2012.
When Nick Knowles and the boys from DIY SOS were renovating a house for a disabled person last year, they contacted us and aquatics expert Andrew Hall travelled to Warrington with a biOrb fish tank to complete the refurbishment.
Sarah Beeny solved her clients' storage problems in Double Your House For Half The Money with Suncast plastic outdoor storage products. In particular she chose to feature the Extra Large Wicker Deck Box and the Conniston Storage Shed.
In 2013 we came to the rescue of a couple in Blackpool after being contacted by The One Show. Someone had stolen their Christmas lights, so we donated a replacement festive display. Not quite as extensive as the famous illuminations but these Konstsmide lights, Snowflake and Icicles certainly lit up their celebrations.
Other requests have included gnomes for the Gadget Show and a fabulous Vivid Arts Gorilla for CBBC's All At Sea.
Next up in 2016, look out for the Palmako Berta Gazebo on ITV that we built for a hospital neo-natal unit.
With warmer weather and an early Easter, the garden centre is busy at the moment with customers stocking up on summer bedding plants - snapdragons, cornflowers, cosmos, verbena, phlox, petunia, As well as filling planters, hanging baskets and borders with colour that will last all summer, there are always plenty of jobs to do in the garden during April and David Coton has these suggestions.
Every gardener must have noticed a decline in the bee population over recent years. Intensive farming that demands the use of toxic chemicals, climate change and parasite infestation have all been put forward as potential causes, it's a worrying trend but one that we can all help to reverse.
As an excellent alternative to conventional products, Trimetals' storage solutions blend top quality manufacture with contemporary style. Their range has now been extended to include two new maintenance free sheds and Robert Hall has all the details.
Zest 4 Leisure manufactures a large variety of timber garden furniture, fencing and leisure products, David Coton visited their brand new nine acre site near Chester last week to find out more about current development and future plans.