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.
Although from the southern hemisphere, while Santa Claus hails from the North Pole, penguins are essential Christmas characters and Andy Taylor explains how to complete your decorations with this quirky flightless bird.
Black, blue and white or multi-coloured, our penguins come in a variety of sizes and will come alive when lit by LEDs.
King of our penguins is 63cm tall and comes from the Swedish manufacturers Konstsmide. It's modelled in acrylic and filled with bright LEDs.
Smaller versions are also available and all come with a transformer and plug.
Konstsmide produce several other illuminated penguins for outdoor and indoor use. They are seen waddling, standing, and laying on the ice, and there's a very sweet depiction of a mother and her baby.
Similar acrylic penguins are produced by Premier and are delivered complete with a transformer and cable for immediate use.
Particularly attractive are three colour changing moms and their offspring, blue, red or green that can be bought individually or as a set.
A baby penguin is also particularly cute and they are all house trained, so can be located in the house as well as outside.
As can be expected from Vivid Arts, their penguins are meticulously created from high quality resin.
The Emperor Penguin is tremendously impressive and will welcome your guests with his distinct black and orange plumage.
For your own penguin, visit the dedicated Christmas Penguins page on GardenSite and pick up a penguin right now.
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 2019.
The InternetRetailing Growth 2000 Report was published last week and the great news for GardenSite and our customers is that we are now listed as one of the UK's top 1000 retail websites.
Although snow has arrived at the garden centre, we will be receiving new stock during February in readiness for spring which hopefully is just around the corner, and David Coton suggests the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.
Wood burners and open fires that require a good supply of dry, well seasoned wood, have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. Log stores have therefore become increasingly essential and David Coton explains the differences between the many that are now available.