Although the weather is feeling decidedly chilly for the time of the year, during May the threat of frost will pass and, with spring well under way, David Coton is in no doubt that this is going to be a busy month in the garden.
Oase is a company that is passionate about water, with a huge range of products that will soon include a brand new indoor aquarium range. That's why I recently went over to Germany with my colleague Andrew Hall to visit their headquarters.
Based in Horstel, north west Germany, and founded just after the war, Oase have developed a big reputation for outdoor water installations, with impressive projects that interplay water with light and sound.
Then three years ago, after taking over Eden, an Italian manufacturer of high quality aquariums, they moved into the indoor aquatics market. Oase have subsequently developed the Eden range with the eventual aim of branding it under their own name.
Their intention to become a major player was further enhanced by the surprise acquisition of Reef One, manufacturers of the technologically advanced biOrb aquariums. 'A perfect fit' was how Oase's CEO described the biOrb purchase, with both companies striving for 'quality, unique design, service and innovation.'
I focussed with Andrew on the first major product launch of Oase's expanded operations, three Oase branded aquariums, internal and external aquarium filters, air pumps and sump pumps that are due to arrive in the UK in May
We also saw how other products such as Aquamax pumps, Filtral filters and Vitronic clarifiers are manufactured in a state-of-the-art environment.
Our attention was also drawn to the irrigations and drainage range that Oase has been working on. Marketed under the ProMax name, these products include clean and dirty water pumps together with garden and fountain pumps.
Suitable for various domestic and commercial applications from emptying swimming pools, relieving flooding to helping with recycling, these water pumps that will also be available on GardenSite soon after their UK launch.
As one of the few 5star retailers in the UK, GardenSite have been judged by Oase to have knowledgeable staff who deliver excellent customer service on a comprehensive range of products. The Oase range is available at our Aquatics Superstore in north Birmingham and also online through our Oase and BiOrb shops on GardenSite.
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.