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.
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.
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.