As winter draws in and Christmas beckons, indoor plants, floral and foliage decorations assume greater significance. David Coton suggests how you can transform your home with the colourful interest of seasonal plants.
Robert Hall, Senior Partner at GardenSite, had the pleasure of visiting Harrogate Christmas & Gift Fair on Sunday 12th January along with his wife Kay and business partner Simon Whitehead.
Though we don't actually plan to purchase much on the day, we do a lot of groundwork and make decisions that will shape our Christmas buying policy.
Premier Decorations are one of our major suppliers and we always visit early in the day, and Sunday was no exception. Premier have their own hall and they fill it to bursting point. We were particularly interested in the new Christmas trees that they had added to the range along with the fibre optic pictures and tapestries, the illuminated outdoor trees and the lights.
I have the luxury of being a Premier customer from very many years ago so I have seen their range evolve and expand. However I am always pleased to meet with Pravin Patel (Director) who gave me an update on trading up to Christmas 2013 for Premier. They had sold through very many lines, as they always seem to do, and Pravin indicated that even the last few weeks before Christmas showed sustained growth even though sales can fall away as Christmas approaches. Once again it had been another very successful year for Premier Decorations.
Neither Pravin nor Premier like to look back too far and consistently look to invest in the future. Testament to this is the massive product catalogue that they have published for the 2014 season.
Driving buying prices down for retailers has always been core to the Premier philosophy with special show offers as well as reductions on many lines. This means even better value for money for the consumers that consistently buy Premier Decoations Christmas products.
Premier have already celebrated 25 years of successful trading with a fabulous celebration in Mayfair. I suspect there will be many more. Customer service is key to their success as well as product quality and Sabine Moutiama (Customer Services Manager) has been looking after our account since she joined the company some 3 years ago. Thank you Sabine, we think you are a star.
Premier will also be exhibiting at the Spring Fair in Birmingham in February where they traditionally have an even bigger stand than at Harrogate. I also understand there will some more new products to see, so well worth another visit.
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.