Burbage metal and wooden gates, fencing and railing have recently been added to GardenSite, and last week David Coton took the opportunity to visit their Cannock base.
Garden memorials are becoming more popular in the UK, as people choose to remember their pets or their loved ones with a stone ornament. Nathan James Dodd reviews the stone range of memorial ornaments sold on GardenSite that can be used as a planter, water feature or sundial.
Stone garden memorials finished in bathstone or portland, are an alternative to traditional grave stones and markers. With a stone or perspex plaque inscribed with a name and dates, they can also incorporate the ashes of a loved one or faithful friend. Other decorative items can be added, including flowers and a photograph.
A large circular Memorial Bird Bath with a pretty decorated rim stands on top of a pedestal with attractive moulding on the top and base. This is a very tasteful way to remember someone special, with birds bathing and drinking the memorial will be a constant source of movement and interest. The image show this product.
On this memorial a Celestrial Sundial takes the place of the bird bath. The sun dial is a beautifully crafted piece, entirely appropriate to use as memorial, reflecting that even though you are remembering someone you loved, time stops for no one.
The Memorial Classical Sundial, that's placed on an impressive pedestal, is handsomely crafted using Roman numerals. The memorial's classic proportions and high quality workmanship are a perfect last resting place for a special person or well loved pet, with the details of their life inscribed for all to see.
This Planter, perhaps containing your loved one's favourite plants or flowers, can be the ideal memorial, a permanent reminder of their life that lives on. The stone Memorial Planter is beautifully formed with a prominent overhanging rim, gadrooning and other decoration.
This stone Water Feature Memorial certainly catches the eye and will engage people with its stylish design. Used in conjunction with a memorial pedestal, something special is created with the water's sheen sparkling in the sunshine against smooth cast stone.
A very discreet and traditional Memorial Block decorated with rope moulding along the edges and around a flower container. The gold effect vase contrasts wonderfully well with the stone that is also available in terracotta, and will look lovely when filled with colourful flowers.
In order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our wildlife, there's a selection of habitats and boxes you can purchase that are specifically designed to attract various small animals and insects to your garden. Here we look at some of the products available which also make unusual and very engaging gifts.
With warmer weather and an early Easter, the garden centre is busy at the moment with customers stocking up on summer bedding plants - snapdragons, cornflowers, cosmos, verbena, phlox, petunia, As well as filling planters, hanging baskets and borders with colour that will last all summer, there are always plenty of jobs to do in the garden during April and David Coton has these suggestions.
Every gardener must have noticed a decline in the bee population over recent years. Intensive farming that demands the use of toxic chemicals, climate change and parasite infestation have all been put forward as potential causes, it's a worrying trend but one that we can all help to reverse.
As an excellent alternative to conventional products, Trimetals' storage solutions blend top quality manufacture with contemporary style. Their range has now been extended to include two new maintenance free sheds and Robert Hall has all the details.