Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Monthly Mood Board: Al fresco summer

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

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'al fresco summer' mood board

For the past few weeks we’ve been enjoying a blissful al fresco summer – with no end in sight so far (touch wood!). We’ve been pottering in the garden, sitting outside to eat and working on laptops from our deckchairs.

We love a blue & green theme for the garden, it works really well with a backdrop of trees, plants and flowers and creates a restful outdoor vibe.

  1. Hardwood 2m garden parasol – light blue: £29.99, Homebase
  2. Romvi LED solar powered outdoor string lights with 20 lights, green & blue shades: £10, B&Q
  3. Lexon Maizy radio: £49, Ethical Superstore
  4. Century bench: £49.90, Butlers Online
  5. Florence table – green: £419.99, Crocus
  6. Amazonas Belize hanging chair: £37.15, Tesco
  7. KitchenCraft Bar Craft ‘Vino Curvo’ wine cooler: £13.40, Wayfair
  8. Coolmovers Meadow Lane acrylic stacking glasses – pack of 4: £6.77, Auravita
  9. Charcoal bucket BBQ: £9.99, Argos
  10. Tam Tam green plastic stool: £12, Habitat

Gimme Five! Outdoor solar lights

Friday, July 11th, 2014

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selection of 5 outdoor solar lights

We’ve been enjoying sitting in deckchairs in our garden this summer. It gets direct sun until almost 7pm at this time of year. It’s been warm enough to sit out until way after the sun has gone down.

We want to get some pretty yet functional lighting to enhance our garden space and think that we’d be best served by some outdoor solar lights. No fiddly – and not to mention potentially dangerous, given our electrical knowledge  – cables and sockets to contend with. Solar lights are notorious for being a bit dim thanks to the often measly British sunshine. But we don’t mind that, we’re not after floodlights, just a nice, warm glow to give the garden added atmosphere. Here are some we’ve found…

  1. SOLVINDEN solar-powered table lamp: £9, IKEA
  2. Lola LED solar powered outdoor glass jar lantern in blue: £7, B&Q
  3. Solar outdoor string lanterns, multi: £20, John Lewis
  4. Solar post light: £16.99, Crocus
  5. Solar bamboo light: £6.99, Original Organics

Create the perfect World Cup atmosphere with Birstall

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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yellow football against a blue skyImage credit: Joe McCarthy

The World Cup only comes around once every four years; here we take a look at the top three garden accessories from Birstall Garden and Leisure Centre to help you make the most of the worldwide football celebration while it’s here.

Whether you’re creating a World Cup haven in your garden with the television outside, or watching the games inside and continuing the party in the garden afterwards, these top three products will make sure you enjoy every moment!

Weber Spirit Classic e210 gas bbq

With all of England’s World Cup games kicking off in the evening, the Weber Spirit Classic barbeque will keep all your guests satisfied with some top-notch food flavour; with two stainless steel burners the compact design has a 26,000 BTU per hour input giving a sleek yet powerful grill capable of cooking all your favourite food to perfection.

Camelot hexagonal easy-up gazebo

It’s impossible to guarantee the British weather, but you can be sure that you’ll always be dry when you’re enjoying your World Cup party with the Camelot – hexagonal easy-up gazebo. The pull down mesh nets, weatherproof frame and UV resistant canopy offer complete comfort and guarantee your World Cup celebrations won’t be called off because of the rain.

patio heater

With many of the World Cup games going on into the early hours of the morning, a patio heater is a much-needed garden accessory to keep you cosy all the way through until extra time. A ThermoFilm gas patio heater uses a high-grade stainless steel burner which heats an area of up to six metres while making only a quiet whisper, so you’ll be toasty warm without being distracted by any excess heater noise.


Get these World Cup garden must-haves now and enjoy them all summer long!

Established in 1969, Birstall has 45 years’ experience kitting out gardens & outdoor spaces and was the first online garden retailer in the UK, 15 years ago.

Gimme Five! Braziers

Friday, June 13th, 2014

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selection of 5 braziers

In last week’s Gimme Five! we featured a selection of wood-burning stoves. This week, we’re taking the fire outside and featuring braziers.

It’s summer, we’ve just had a run of sunny days, the evenings are getting longer and we’re enjoying spending time in the garden & allotment. A blazing brazier adds a bit of extra warmth and atmosphere as the sun goes down.

  1. Wrought iron brazier: £42, Agriframes
  2. Tiznit fire pit: £85, Culture Vulture
  3. Safety fire pit: £79.99, Greenfingers
  4. Poppy Forge garden brazier: £68.58, Wayfair
  5. Deep bowl BBQ and brazier: £99.95, The Handpicked Collection

Monthly Mood Board: Allotment Chic

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

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'Allotment Chic' mood board | H is for Home

Regular readers of our blog will know that we took on a very overgrown allotment just over a month ago. We’ve been down there at least once a week, digging & weeding, pruning shrubs and sewing seeds. We have an idea in mind of how we’d like it to look this time next year. We want it to be a place of refuge and relaxation, somewhere to while away the hours on long summer days. Before that can happen though we’ve got a lot more hard graft ahead of us!

  1. 7′ x 7′ (2.10 x 2.09m) Windsor corner shed: from £369.95, Shedstore
  2. Burgon & Ball tool & tuck box – petrol blue: £19.95, Ocado
  3. Pure Raindrop water butt & watering can: £199.99, Crocus
  4. Traditional Sussex trug: £54.95, Harrod Horticultural
  5. Oil drum charcoal BBQ: £44.99, Argos
  6. Wooden seedling tray: £10, Garden Trading
  7. Joseph Bentley plant labels: £2.39, Lead the Good Life
  8. WBC bee hive with gabled roof: £175, Amazon
  9. Seed saver envelopes by Memo Illustration: £7.50, Notonthehighstreet
  10. Lamboro garden wheelbarrow: £35.29, Wayfair
  11. Green ‘Verdi’ outdoor folding table & chairs set: £252, Debenhams
  12. Vintage flower seed packet country garden bunting flags: £14, Etsy