After the recent spell of hot weather, David Coton was glad to see the recent rain freshening up the Garden Centre and he has these suggestions for some of the jobs that need to be done during August.
Blagdon have recently released a line of battery powered water features and fountains, something revolutionary in the aquatics industry and something I believe will be quite popular in the future.
Solar powered water features have become more and more popular, especially as the technology has improved and with the addition of battery back up devices which store the power to be used when the sun has set, however they have never seemed all that efficient to myself if I'm honest and I've been quite sceptical about them.
That was until I had a chance to see first hand from Chris, our Blagdon representative, the new line of battery powered water features and fountains they have released. He came in and generously demonstrated to us how they work and how easy it is to set them up.
The fountain that he set up for us was the Blagdon Liberty Waterfall Urn battery powered water feature, he opened the box and proceeded to show us the parts. To be honest the fountain is ready to go out of the box, you simply remove the plastic protective packaging and put the battery in place, then add water.
A remote control is included with your unit, this remote control allows you to switch on the fountain and also set it to run for two, three or four hours at a time everyday. An adapter is included for charging the lithium ion battery and it comes 45% charged, so it's ready to go once unpacked.
Going back to my opening paragraphs, I mentioned I had been sceptical about solar powered water features until I saw these and that is where the optional add-on Blagdon Liberty solar panel comes in. This can be plugged into your battery and will run the fountain whilst also charging the battery, which can run for 14 hours off one single charge whether mains or solar charged.
The panel is not a necessity but I'd definitely recommend it for anyone who plans to have their fountain outside as I don't think solar panels look too bad. You won't need to charge your water feature by the mains, just leave the solar panel to charge it and it's ready for you when you want to turn it on.
GardenSite also sell a wide range of Water Features to suit any location or garden design. Have a look at their wide range of stone and resin features online or visit the aquatics superstore at their garden centre to see their display of Henri and Massarelli water features.
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.
Although gardening activity in February may not be so frenetic as during the summer months, there's still plenty to be done and here at the Garden Centre we are already receiving new stock in readiness for spring which is just around the corner. David Coton suggests the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.
Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is frosty and overcast, Andy Taylor suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.
Showcasing young musical talent, this year's Winter Concert at Arthur Terry School was an outstanding success and took place against the stunning backdrop of a Christmas Tree donated by GardenSite.