Month: April 2018

You may have finished your spring cleaning around the house and found yourself with various trinkets and mason jars that are no longer in use. In turn, you may be at crossroads with what to do with your garden and how to give it a fresh look. Well, consider going vintage!   By upcycling most of your items, at least you would know it will not go to waste and you can give it a second life! Read ahead for further inspiration.

Repurposing Old Items

If you find yourself with a few of old metal buckets around your household, you can use them as a planter instead of finding yourself a new plant pot! It does not take long to fill it up with soil, and you can place it with various flowers around your garden giving it an instant vintage look. What is great about repurposing old pots and items is that you can also use unconventional items such as an old colander. This is useful since they have holes at the bottom for the water to drain. You can hang these around your garden to give it a more vintage feel.

Vintage Birdcage

Birdcages are a staple of vintage gardens. Not only they give an antique feel, they can also create a botanical feel to your garden too. You can make use of them by adding string lights for that instant glow in the garden. Otherwise, you can turn this item into a nest planter by planting various flowers such as pansies and periwinkles which spreads rather than growing tall.  

Rattan furniture

For materials that give a distressed look, you should consider rattan furniture! As rattan material is durable and natural, it can create an instant shabby chic look. You can also incorporate mismatched vintage teacups and crockery on the table to complete the vintage look for your garden.

Mason jars

Due to its flexibility, mason jars have blossomed in popularity to the point it is a key staple in vintage ideas. You can add string lights in these jars and place them around the garden to highlight certain areas. Otherwise, you can place them on your rattan table with a tealight inside, which makes a lovely addition when you have your dinner in the garden. Just in time for summer!

Floral prints

Last but not least, floral prints! It is an adored addition when it comes to vintage ideas. Opt for soft prints with has neutral tones to not take away the attention from the other vintage decor in your garden. This way, it can produce a dreamy mood that is needed for a vintage styled garden. You can use these prints as a table cover on your rattan furniture too!   These vintage ideas can transform your garden in an instant, and what’s more, you don’t always need to break the bank. You can get started by shopping for our range of outdoor rattan furniture now!  

pexels-photo-542555 Conservatories are great places for relaxing, hosting dinner parties and even turning into a home office. If you’re looking to add some “wow” factor to your conservatory space, or are just looking for some conservatory ideas, there are three simple interior design trends for 2018 that are easy to add into your conservatory.

Floral Patterns

Conservatories first became popular with upper-class people in the Victorian times, when exotic plants were brought home from travels and placed in the conservatory to be cared for. Over time, conservatories changed to become a place for relaxing in. The popular floral pattern trend is truly at home in the conservatory. You can easily incorporate the floral trend into your conservatory by adding a rug or a couple of cushions or, for something a little more extravagant, you could reupholster your conservatory furniture. Adding green and pastel shades will help to seamlessly blend the outdoors and indoors, which is a perfect example of combining conservatory ideas with the outdoors.  

Vintage Lighting

Vintage Lighting is a strong trend for 2018. To add an updated look to your conservatory, try replacing your light fixtures with some copper pendant lights for a more sophisticated feel. If you’re looking for something a little cosier, add a couple of vintage lamps for a touch of elegance and luxury. Getting your conservatory lighting right is essential in creating the right atmosphere, which is crucial for entertaining and relaxing. If you’re after a more natural form of lighting, modern glass roofs will provide daylight as well as keep your conservatory cooler in the summer and warm in the winter – one of the better conservatory ideas you can have. Glass roofs provide access to natural light and look very impressive.

Dark Surfaces

Choosing a dark surface to have in your conservatory may not seem like the best option at first, but dark surfaces offer the perfect contrast to the light, airy space of a conservatory. If your kitchen is in your conservatory, then choosing dark work surfaces will keep the space on trend. If dark worktops aren’t your thing, how about dark flooring? Your choice of flooring in your conservatory will have a big effect on how warm and comfy it is, especially in the winter. Tiles are a great option as they can be easily cleaned but can make the room cold, especially in winter. A good quality laminate or wood floor will add a warmer feel, with the extra benefit of being easy to clean, which is perfect if you have pets or young children. You could also include a rug to add some extra style, which can be easily taken away or changed to suit your needs and the seasons.  

Fruit is one of those garden essentials that every gardener – novice or expert – loves to hate. After all, you can do everything right and there is no guarantee that your fruit will appear that year. Many curse the UK weather, but many also just accept that it is a luck of the draw. It can feel like a game of maybe’s and cross-your-finger for it to happen. Which isn’t how anyone wants to spend their time gardening. With that in mind, here is our quick and easy guide to growing fruit in your garden – no matter what level of gardener you are currently.

Planting Tips

No matter what method you use to plant your tree, vine or bush, you need to make sure you water them well before they even reach the planter or soil bed. A good layer of mulch – a few inches thick – is also important as it can retain moisture much longer than typical soil, meaning less need to water your fruit plants on your part (also good if you happen to forget). Mulch is also beneficial for controlling weed growth. Stakes for fruit trees, especially if you live in an area prone to windiness, is also important. This can help support it to grow as straight and possible and withstand any adverse weather that it may come to face. Avoid tightening the stake to the tree with a wire, as this can damage your fruit tree and impede its growth. After a year or two, you can remove the stake in order to allow the tree to grow its own sturdy trunk.

Pruning

Unlike some of your other flowerbed inhabitants, a fruit-bearing plant or tree will need pruning in order to keep producing. How often depends on the fruit in question. But, if you notice any dead or diseased branches, these need to be dealt with as soon as possible to prevent harm to the healthy part of your fruit producer. Pruning tends to be most effective during late Autumn, Winter or even early Spring as this is when your fruit tree, shrub or vine will be leafless and easier to handle. A prune prior to its prime growing season also gives it a chance to rejuvenate in time to produce new fruit.

Watering & Food

These plants need constant water levels more than any other type of plant in your garden. Particularly if you want them to create consistent, juicy, fruit which you will be able to eat. An irrigation system may be the best way to achieve this, as it is the least effort and allows you to reach your whole garden without fear of missing a spot. This type of system also reduces water waste in the long term, making it much more efficient. Feeding your fruit plant can be a difficult thing, as after all; what do you feed a fruit plant to ensure good overall growth and health? Understanding the type of soil in your garden or planter is the first step to determining this. Once you understand the environment, then you can add the right plant fertiliser and food necessary for growth. Never over fertilise your plants, however, as this can cause burning in the plant roots.

Pests

When growing fruit, pests can be the worst part of your maintaining your garden. As they can eat all of your hard work if left and allowed to get out of control. And pests might not necessarily be what you expect, if you have wild rabbits in that like to chew on your plants, they may very well become a pest for your allotment/garden fruit growing efforts. Erecting fences, wire meshes and other obstructions is often the easiest way to secure your garden from larger pests – especially things such as deer and rabbits. Bird netting can also stop feathered pests from eating all of your fruit. At the end of the day, once you have the fruits of your effort before you, you will want to enjoy it. Having the perfect outdoor furniture to do this from is the best way to sit and look at the fruits of your labour (pun intended).  

cherry blossoms It’s the cherry blossom season. Taking this as our inspiration this week, we are going to go east to Japan! Japanese style gardens are a truly a sight to behold. They ooze the scene of tranquillity and mystery and bring over the sense of peace as well. Unlike, cherry blossoms which are fleeting, the Japanese style gardens are here to stay and provides that endless style. So, if you feel your garden is too small and needs a major overhaul, hopefully, this can provide some great inspiration for you. It is best to start from scratch with your garden, as it requires some landscaping which allows you to be more flexible too! So, if you are ready, let’s erase the greatest myth, you do not need a wide open space to create a Japanese style garden. So, let’s get stuck in the mud and discover some of our tips here.

Stone Paths

It can be tricky to start a Japan-style garden. Adding stone paths are a must and are normally added on top of paths and even through ponds. This way it enhances the sensory experience of your Japan-style garden! You can even play around with the arrangements of the paths, and keep certain areas of your garden hidden as well! In the Japanese culture, winding stone paths are viewed as a walk of life and make you excited on what is left to come throughout the garden.

Japanese Style Plants

Around the garden, adding Japanese style plants such as nandina and bamboo are timeless plants which can be great throughout the year. You can even add small ferns with various shades of green throughout the garden to differentiate the style. You can add cloud trees too for that ethereal look. In the corner, consider planting a cherry blossom tree which will grow every year for that ultimate Japanese style look. You will have stunning sight to view in the spring bloom. In Japan, it is known for its purity and beauty!

The Sound of Water

The trickling of water is one of the main essentials in creating a Japanese garden. It creates a calm feeling with its soothing sound. You do not need to invest in a big pond. Instead, you can have a stone basin on the side, with a bamboo spout for that flow of water. That way, you can have the sound of water radiating through the atmosphere.

Japanese Style Ornaments

You can add mini Pagado-style lanterns and small stone lanterns throughout your garden. You do not need a big ornamental feature otherwise it takes away the essence of your garden. So, use sparingly such as highlighting certain areas of your garden! The great thing is you can enjoy this style of garden outdoors with our rattan furniture range, as the natural material used can complement with any outdoor theme. So, this way you can have the full Japanese zen experience whilst drinking tea from the comforts of your seat!