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pexels-photo-793012 Are you considering moving homes in the near future? But you worry that you will not or cannot take your hard-grown plants with you? In the modern world, it is becoming more and more common to also ensure you are moving plants when you move homes. People put lots of time, effort and dedication into these garden spaces and so are loathe to leave them behind when it is time to move on. So, with this in mind, here is the best way to start moving plants when you decide to relocate or sell your home:

Decide What to Take

It is likely that you do not want to take every plant with you in your garden when you move, but those that are important to you or are particular expensive/hard to come by/difficult to grow. Sentimentality plays a major role in why we want to move our gardens with us when we leave. So, choose the plants you can’t part with and mark them out for yourself. If possible, leave a few plants or foliage in place for the new owners. Also, it is important to ensure that the garden you are moving to can cater to your current plants and foliage. Investigating the soil type of your new property, before moving can help you decide which plants, if any, are suitable to move with you.

Plan Ahead

Moving can be a stressful period and takes a lot of organisation, planning and manpower to achieve for a standard home. So, including the garden in a move as well can be a difficult enterprise. This is why planning as far ahead as possible is necessary when it comes to moving plants from one garden to another. A couple of months before moving, you should:
  • Prune or otherwise restrict the growth of the plants you wish to move.
  • Take cuttings from your favourite plants (in case of accidents or otherwise during the move).
  • Re-pot plants or move those flowers that are in plant beds into pots in preparation for the move.
  • Inform your removal company beforehand that you are moving plants, so that they can accommodate plants (as they can take up quite a bit of space in a moving van).

Digging Up

If you need to dig up roots of your plants or even a tree, then you should do this at least a week or even a month ahead of time to ensure the process is completed in time for the move – leaving this until last minute can mean having to leave some plants with stubborn roots behind. Place these roots inside of a plastic sheet and ensure the soil is moist for as long as it remains in this condition. If you are moving during cold or frosty weather, then wrap the roots in an extra sheet or type of wrapping in order to ensure extra insolation.

Storing Moving Plants?

If you are planning to store furniture or other household items in a storage unit between moves, or in order to save space as you settle in, then it is advised you don’t do this for your plants. They would not survive well in a dark storage unit for an indefinite period of time. Some storage companies have an outside area for plants, but you need to arrange this with them beforehand in order to be sure and not risk losing your favourite plants during on the move. Of course, you will also need to remember to move the rest of your outdoor garden furniture along with any of your chosen plants or foliage for moving. Or if you are looking for new furniture to go in your new space, then you can always browse our extensive range of modern garden furniture.

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!

A photo of the word Spring in calligraphy, on a pink background with white roses surrounding it. Forget those cold days as we are hopping into more sunny times. As Spring is well and truly here, it is only a matter of time before Summer brings those warm days in the garden once more. With that in mind, is your garden ready for it, or is it still in ‘ultra winter mode’? Well, simply follow these simple last-minute steps to get your garden from zero to hero just in time for your outdoor fun times. Barbecue weather, here we come! From picking out luxury furniture to adding a little bit of personality to your garden space, let’s spice up your outdoors right now!

Another Chapter

Nothing will impress your guests more than having a completely freshly designed garden. Not only this will show off your planning skills, but also how much you care about your space, which is not something to underestimate. After all, it shows a certain sense of pride! Go on then, plan your spring garden from scratch, with new furniture, decorations and plants!

The F Factor

‘F’ stands for furniture, and in this case outdoor wicker garden furniture. This will give your garden the look you want to give it: for example, if you wanna give it a minimalistic but technical feel, then a glass table combined with light coloured chairs should work. If you are more into wood furniture for a natural look, then you should still prefer light colours, but keep an eye on patterns, as they have to be coherent with the rest of the furniture.

A Living Room Outside

Your garden should tempt your guests to just stay outside whether they are just popping to say “Hi” or attending a fabulous party held in honour of your new garden decor. When planning your new space, think about this and decorate it as much as you can, as this will be best for it. A nice and simple way to add instant style would be adding a lot of different small decorations, just like the ones you have in your living room!

Your Personal Touch

Following trends is always nice, but so is having your personal taste, don’t forget! Your garden should have elements that remind you of your personality, your hobbies, and ultimately you as an individual. For example, if you are a musician, having your old acoustic guitar outside could be fantastic and ultra classy, plus it truly reflects you as a person. And imagine how people will react if you have a flower or two growing inside!

Don’t Exaggerate

No one is expecting your garden to be a design masterpiece since it’s still a simple garden in your place. Try, as said before, to just put your personal touch in it, update it every season and don’t forget, you are the person that needs to like your garden design, so don’t simply follow the latest trends. Follow your gardening heart!

clean_1280x853 Now that it is spring, you are probably deliberating whether to go through the decluttering phrase in your home. Over the winter, it is understandable that you did not have the chance to sort out your conservatory. Well, now is better than never! Here is what to consider when it comes to getting the dust out your conservatory.

A Breath of Fresh Air

A lot of dust may have amounted in areas you kept missing over the last few winter months. One simple way to tackle this issue is to open your windows! This way it can freshen up the atmosphere in an instant, and give that clean feeling that you have been striving for. You can also increase more sunlight in your conservatory by throwing your curtains hero. Whilst you are at it, you can get the feather duster out and aim for those curtain railings.

Giving Your Soft Furnishings a Beating

Sometimes, the hoover may not do the job you expect it to do when it comes to the small areas. So, when it comes to your rugs, throws and curtains, take the materials outside and give them a beating! This way, you do not create a mess. Otherwise, if they still feel dirty, do consider washing them in your washing machine, or taking them to the dry cleaners to not ruin them.

Adding Springs Plants to the Collection!

Placing flowers around the room helps to bring a pop of colour to your surroundings, and in enhancing the presence of your furniture. Consider spring bulbs such as Hyacinths, or even tropical plants such as Bromeliad. It adds some extra scent in the air too, and this way you will not need to rely on the air freshener!

Tending to the Garden

You and your companions can not ignore the garden whilst you are in your conservatory. Now the weather is beginning to change, it’s time for those garden parties to begin. You can start brushing the dead leaves from the patio, and do some weeding as the damp soil makes it easier to tackle.

New Furniture

After some decluttering, you may find yourself some space to fill. Have a look at some of the rattan furniture such as chairs. After all, you would still want to put your feet up at the end of the day. Particularly after a long and deep clean!

pexels-photo-132468 Keeping with the conservatory theme from last week, in the blog How to Grow Plants in Your Conservatory, this time we will explore a more tropical theme for your conservatory plants. When making our spaces beautiful with flowers, we must consider that some are more suitable for the indoors and others for outside. Tropical plants, for example, are less likely to thrive in the outdoor British weather. That is why, if we want to enjoy their beauty, we must allow them to thrive in an indoor space, like a conservatory. So, with that in mind, what are the best tropical plants to make your conservatory a certified tropical paradise?

Hibiscus

Typically a native of China, the hibiscus plant is a little delicate in the climate of the UK. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to grow them in your conservatory and help them to thrive as much as possible. Available in a multitude of colours – this tropical plant is particularly magnificent in its bright red bloom form – they can be slightly delicate. During the lighter and warmer parts of the year, you need to be sure to lightly mist them with water on a regular basis. Otherwise, you may find they become slightly wilted or dehydrated.

Bromeliad

A southern American import, the Bromeliad plant is something which is often referred to and known as ‘air plant’. This means that they are more typically found growing on other trees, with long, narrow leaves, that help to absorb lots of nutrients and light. As such, they are actually very colourful for several months of the year. Allowing you to enjoy a splash of colour for a longer period than most other plants you might grow. They need to be moisturised at all times. However, be sure to only water the soil when it becomes completely dried out for best results.

Ginger Lily

If you want something with a lush foliage, strong scent and flowers in every colour – then, the Ginger Lily tropical plant is a perfect addition to your conservatory. They also have the benefit of being extremely easy plants to grow in the warmth of your conservatory – as they can cope well both in a container and in a bed of soil. To grow reliably, the ginger lily does need a little bit of heat. So, you may find that your conservatory is actually the perfect space for them. Of course, you will need a beautiful seating area from which you can enjoy this small tropical plant paradise that you are creating. A nice wicker sofa is sure to pull the room together, offering a focal point for you to grow your plants around and make into possibly the best reading spot in the whole house. After all, the best part about growing such beautiful things is getting to enjoy them once they have fully bloomed.

75867-potted-plants-2_1280x848 The conservatory is becoming a true treasure to many a British household. Acting as a gateway to the outside world, even when less-than-ideal temperatures may be keeping you inside. And, let’s face it, for Britain that is more often than we would like to think. Which is why it is not surprising that many people are also using this space as a place to grow plants. Inside the safe haven of a conservatory, many plants can grow and thrive without fear of a sudden cold spurt. Which is why choosing to grow something in your conservatory is only natural.

The Greenhouse Effect

A typical conservatory area has lots of glass panels, making it ideal to act as a sort-of greenhouse when the colder months are upon us. The glass traps sunlight – even when it is only minimal – keeping the space warm, allowing plants to thrive. This space will more often than not be the warmest room in your home for this exact reason when winter is not in full bloom.

What Plants?

The temperature of your conservatory will affect what type of plants you are able to grow in it. All plants have an optimum temperature, so it is always best to check what this is before committing to growing a particular plant. Most plants are happiest above 5°C, however, so if you have a minimum conservatory temperature around this then you should be fine.
  • Peaches
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Beans and peas
  • Chillies
Many of these are no fuss type plants, allowing you to sit back and relax as they enjoy the warmth that indoors has to offer.

Optimum Temperature

Of course, during summer you may find that your conservatory becomes too hot for your growing efforts. When this happens it is important to have a shaded spot in your conservatory to offer respite for your plants. Whether this is through blinds or by simply putting them behind your conservatory furniture. Shade is almost as important to growing plants as the sun, so keep an eye on this during the growing process. Humidity goes hand in hand with temperature, also. Protecting your growing plants from damage is vital during the warmer periods of the year. As such, during this time, a lot of plants benefit from a daily misting of lukewarm water.

Keep Pests at Bay

Of course, one of the biggest downsides to growing plants indoors is the fact that they may or may not attract pests. A regular cleaning of window sills and the windows themselves is necessary, as pests can live on both. Dusty windows are also not able to let light into your conservatory as effectively, so it is always best to clean them to prevent this issue on a regular basis.   Overall, the conservatory is an ideal space to let loose your green thumb. As we near Spring, now is an ideal time to get started on your plant growing process and have them garden-ready when the summertime blooms in full.

Did you know conservatories designs are originated from orangeries? Orangeries can compliment your property without drastically the main design of your home. In addition, it can enhance your home by adding more warmth and insulation. The classic orangeries have come back in popularity in recent years, and it does not seem to be slowing down! Look below for some fresh spring ideas to re-energize your orangery…

Indoor plants

As the natural sunlight beams through the glazed roof, having indoor plants can add something special to your private space. With spring beckoning, how can you not be allured by the fresh scent of spring flowers? Try flowers such as orchids and African violets, and Azaleas. You can even grow trees indoors such as oranges, lemons and even cherries! For something low maintenance, consider succulent planters, and trailing plants such as ivy.

Floral prints

Floral prints are back in revival this year! It can enhance the botanical appearance borrowed from the outdoors all year around. Have a browse through our orangery furniture selection for a wide choice of rattan furniture for that natural look and instant comfort throughout the seasons.

Glowing ideas

To make further use of your orangery all year, adding lighting can bring a warm glow to your home in the evenings. Have a look at some floor lamps for lighting to suit your needs, particularly vintage style lamps if you want to stay on trend. Otherwise, consider investing in dimmable downlights for that ambience and cosy atmosphere as you see fit.

Soft furnishings

Give your orangery a new lease of life by replacing or adding soft furnishings such as cushions and blankets for that extra level of comfort. You can stick to neutral tones to allow other colours from your indoor planters, and floral printed furniture to pop out around the room. Consider adding a neutral tone coloured rug to add further insulation, or even a bookcase so you can enjoy reading in your secluded environment. If you want to switch it up and entertain your guests, don’t be afraid to add bold prints and colours through artworks around the walls to create a lively atmosphere.    

With all space you have outside, have you ever felt it is not reaching the full in the potential you would like? Here are some ideas to add as we are reaching near the end of winter, and waiting for spring to blossom!

Vary your spring bulbs collection!

If you don’t have any spring bulbs, you can always pop down to your nearest local garden centre or plant nurseries to select the flowers that tickle your fancy, such as tulips, hyacinths and bluebells. By assorting these flowers all over your garden, there’ll be pops of colour blooming brightening your outdoor space. Just in time for the new season.  

Adding outdoor furniture

Have you been thinking of utilizing your patio space? When it comes to redecorating, it can be a struggle on finding outdoor furniture that would compliment both the back garden and housing exterior. Then again, wicker garden furniture in neutral tones are a timeless garden classic, as it can look quaint and be practical at the same time. This helps a lot in the purchasing process, as it is flexible to move about when it comes to deciding where to place your furniture.

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Spring cleaning your back garden

Now the sun is slowly brightening up our days, it can be daunting when you stare outside to a messy and unattended garden. When you get a chance, or perhaps as a light workout, try raking in those leaves and rooting out those perennial weeds to make way for your spring bulbs collection.

Helping the wildlife with a nesting box

To attract wildlife in your back garden, possessing a nesting box is great for birds – particularly in the winter months. Make sure to place your nesting box in a shaded spot, facing either in the north and east to protect the birds from strong sunlight and that they don’t overheat. If you already own one, be sure to clean your empty nest box using boiling hot water to kill fleas and parasites, which will protect future hatchlings in the season.

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Plant a tree

For better air quality, never underestimate trees! You can get started by planting bare root plant trees and shrubs, so you can eventually deal with the heat and pest in the coming seasons. For more inspiration, take a look at some pins on Pinterest and some interior design magazines. By planning now, you can eventually gain another safe space for the warmer seasons ahead.  

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The snowbells are out and the days are getting longer, which means that soon you may be sitting out in your garden enjoying the growing heat. However, your furniture – whether it sits out in your garden or on a patio – has seen a lot of damage over the course of winter thanks to the varying weather and is less than clean. Which means that it needs a little tender loving care before it’s usable again. With that in mind, how do you go about bringing a new shine to your furniture after a long winter up against the elements or in storage? Restoring Wooden Furniture The humble garden bench is a staple of any garden, public walkway and sprawling park. It faces wind, rain, heavy sun and the occasional downfall of snow with no complaint. However, it can soon begin to see the signs of wear and tear that is associated with such harsh and varying weather conditions. Metal Cleaning The worst part about having metal furniture is that rust and other things can easily begin to build up on the surface of your furniture. Which means that, ultimately, you will have to partake in cleaning at least once a year if not more for this furniture. If a lot of rust has built up over the winter, then the task may seem more daunting than it should. But, it doesn’t have to be! Here are a few steps to follow:
  • Make a mixture of washing up liquid and warm water.
  • Scrub the metal surface with a hard brush – particularly the rusty parts.
  • Rinse the furniture once scrubbed.
  • If any rust persists, then scrub again.
Once you are happy with the results, then you can repaint the piece to cover up any blemishes that are left on the metal after. New Life to Plastics Plastic is a much more long-suffering type of material, which should last much longer than most materials, and cleaning is much easier as a result. Mildew, marks and other weather blemishes are likely the worse of what you will see on this furniture. Use a simple, soft, sponge with slightly warm water before gently scrubbing. Most if not all of the dirt should come away with this basic cleaning technique. For harsher or more permanent stains, however, a mixture of baking soda with the warm water should suffice. If this does not work either, then a weakened solution of bleach may have to be applied. Cleaning Rattan Rattan furniture is one of the best looking pieces of furniture that you can have in your garden, but like with a lot of outdoor furniture, it can get unclean pretty easily. Luckily, the cleaning process is also perfectly simple. The most common problems facing your rattan furniture include dust, stains, sun damage, other basic wear and tear. Your furniture is water resistant as a rule, so don’t worry about having to use a mild soap and water solution in order to clean your rattan furniture effectively. Gentle, slow motions, with a sponge, should be more than enough to remove most dirt and stains from your rattan. Otherwise, the best thing you can do for your rattan furniture is to keep it covered during the rougher weather. And there you have it! No matter what type of furniture you have adorning your garden, it’s not impossible for it to be clean and beautiful by the time Spring comes – just so long as you are willing to put in a little elbow grease!

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The days are getting brighter, shorter and just a little bit warmer. That means that Spring is right around the corner. And that also means that you will be considering how best to prepare your conservatory for the increased use it is about to experience. With that in mind, what can you do to make your conservatory a much more beautiful space in time to enjoy throughout spring?

Early Spring Cleaning

Cleaning is what spring is all about, something which you can’t avoid even if you really want to. It’s out with all the old rubbish and in with some beautiful minimalism. This is especially the case if your conservatory has been out of use over winter, due to the cold, and seems to have accumulated a season’s worth of this and that.

Plantlife

Life is always a great way to make space feel more living. In this case, a range of beautiful plantlife is the best way to both brighten up a plain conservatory space and bring a little freshness to this conservatory space. Colourful additions such as azalea, chrysanthemum and even ferns can make your conservatory suddenly feel alive. Better yet, the sunny and warmer condition of the conservatory is the perfect condition for many of these plants to thrive.

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Blinds

Sometimes the glaring sun can be too much and make a conservatory far too warm to actually be used on a daily basis. Especially as the sun stays higher and longer in the sky, you may feel like your conservatory is more a sauna than a pleasant place to sit most days.

Cosy Factor

Of course, nothing says comfortable conservatory like having a cosy selection of furniture and a wash of cushions. An example of this is our Brasilia range, the perfect rattan weave to suit all of your indoor needs. From a sofa to a lamp table, there are plenty of pieces to suit whatever space your conservatory has to offer. Offering both style and comfort, there is no better way to get comfy than with a full set of conservatory furniture.

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Redecoration

At the end of the day, nothing says Spring more than a fresh start. Which means a touch of redecoration is never more perfect, nor more needed, than when Spring starts blooming. A new lick of paint, a good rug or simply replacing the furniture can breathe new life into space overnight. Even the little things, such as a new ornament, can make space feel almost new again.   Overall, preparing your conservatory for Spring is the perfect lead up for preparing the rest of your house for the season. At the very least, it gives you somewhere to escape to once trying to clean the rest of your home becomes too much to cope with.

As we mentioned last week, the rattan revival is on. What was once regarded as a traditional addition, the recent rattan resurgence has crept into homes by offering a touchable woven texture and a soft wood-like accent to many interiors across the nation. A cost-effective option, take a look at the below tips that will inspire you to inject some rattan into your home.

Luxury in Layers

Rattan Infused With Luxury Layering A woven rattan addition, whether it’s a subtle headboard or a coffee table, rattan can add a neutral, soft detailing into any room. When you mix this texture with wood, velvet, mirror glass or even linen, it adds a high-end appeal while maintaining a refined contrast in the space.

Choose Classy & Casual

slider-image-2 Deck out your dining room, garden or decking with a set of cane chairs for classy cosiness with an informal feel. Whether its accompanying seats or a full rattan dining set, furniture that allows for the gathering of the whole family can’t be beaten. An inviting, casual and friendly place to socialize with everyone is simply what rattan offers so well. The modern-day sets available allow for comfort as well as practicality so you can stay chatting around the table long after the foods gone!  

The Eye-Catching Accent

Dijon in Ivory_5239 Make a room pop with a focal piece that packs a punch. The Scandinavian chilled style is a dominant interior design mag tip and by adding some woven rattan furniture into your chic home, it truly doesn’t disappoint. This quirky armchair, sporting a throwback style offers that unique vintage feels which fits perfectly in contrasting or complimentary settings. Paired with a sharp accent colour or fabric, you can draw guests in from the moment they come through the door.  

Bring Spaces Together

Arlington Chair Lifestyle Utilize rattan in the same way as you would add accessories. Rattan is a natural looking, inoffensive material that dials down the sterility of painted surfaces and busy environments. By incorporating a touch of organic softness, simplicity footstools or armchairs add an effortless rustic emphasis that blends any space together. As you can see here, some unused space in a room, is a great place to throw in an intriguing chair that when pair with other striking accessories, creates a welcoming sanctuary in your home.

The cold tormenting temperature may be taking its toll on us but rattan is still weaving its way into being one of the hottest home design trends for 2018. Here at Desser & Co, we’ve put together some fantastic tips on how to infuse rattan into your home. See here how you can create that idyllic, cosy setting that is a perfect retreat from the wet and windy weather!

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Weave It into Your Rooms

The key to this year’s trend is to mix that rich rattan item with a couple of key pieces to blend the foundations of the room. Whether it’s a rattan sofa set in your orangery or a stunning armchair that acts as the focal point of the room – like our Henley Chair – you need to complement the piece with neutral linen, coffee tables, rugs, accent throws and scatter cushions. By combining the raw colour, natural contours and shape of the rattan with more modern fabrics it creates a striking and chic room feature that immediately catches the eye. Stick to a colour palette with the bulk of your complimentary accessories but allow for one hard hitting accent colour that draws your eye to your rattan range.  

Wickers Winter Tones

Something that is storming interior Pinterest boards across the nation is the new take on rattan. This look screams contemporary class as designers are adding dark metal and black accents with rattan to give the pieces a moodier edge rather than a summer tropical feel that is commonly seen in conservatories. The reason why we love rattan so much is that is works seamlessly with seasonal trend colours, especially in winter as the more natural pieces lend themselves to earthy tone such an olive green and terracotta, not to mention cool blues.

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Add Luxury With Layers

Rattan is a great way to do winter styling without being too heavy. The wonders of its look means that it is highly interchanged throughout the seasons, making it easy to transition from the summer into the cooler months. While rattan remains, the layers can change. For winter, add luxury with layers by throwing a blanket or sheepskin accessory over your rattan chair. Mixed with a classy ornament, some candles to set the scene, you can decorate your range and matching table to encompass what the winter is really about, getting cosy on the couch!  

Practicality 

In high traffic homes, it is easy for messes to be created. Today people’s hectic lives mean that the last thing they want to do is to be constantly cleaning when they could be relaxing after a hard day. This is why when rattan introduced into a home, it is an instant favourite. Once weaved in, dust your set regularly with a cloth or bristled brush. A low maintenance material, a quick wipe or vacuum can automatically get your suite looking back to showroom quality! If in need of a deeper clean, or if you’re restoring a vintage rattan find, use a mild detergent or furniture cleaner to spot clean, making sure you allow the furniture to dry out properly afterwards.

30255-holding-radish_1280x848 As you plan for the future of your garden in Spring, no doubt sustainability will be a big factor on your mind. In the modern world achieving a sustainable and low maintenance garden space is a big goal for many garden owners. Which is why it is important to set yourself up for this goal from the outset of your gardening effort. Here are some practical tips from the team here at Desser & Co for starting and maintaining your own sustainable garden space:

Avoid All Chemicals

It is easy to start out wanting to grow a sustainable garden, but there is a very real possibility that along the way you may consider it. Especially if pests become prevalent or your flowers/vegetables are not growing as much as you would like. Chemicals as a whole can create massive damage and are harmful to your garden (and you). This means also avoiding killing weeds and other pests in your garden with toxic pesticides. No matter how annoying they may be.

Reuse Creatively

Reusing resources is the hallmark of a sustainable garden space. Pots and other gardening supplies are created using a lot of energy, so using them and reusing them for as long as possible is a great to get the most out of this initial investment. Or avoid them altogether from the outset of your gardening efforts by researching the supplies that you buy! You can also make the effort to renew indoor items for the outdoor space. After all, a lampshade for a flower pot is both aesthetically pleasing and great for the environment.

Harvest Your Own Water

The hose you use to water your garden has a big impact on the environment. Whereas, not using it can have a terrible impact on your garden. The perfect compromise is to harvest your own water. Methods for this include putting out buckets or large tubs during rainfall or investing in an all-out rainwater tank. Or using mulch instead of soil, as it is much more permeable.

Zero Waste

A zero-waste garden is an ultimate step towards sustainability. No rubbish bins, no landfills and no dump will ever see an iota of scrap from your garden. Everything that decomposes is recycled back into the soil, in a true circle of life. Accept the challenge by simply removing the bin from your garden. See how it goes! You may have to remove a twig or two every now and again, but try and keep it as low as possible.

Sustainable Furniture

Here at Desser & Co, we ensure that all of our wicker and rattan furniture is sustainably sourced. Our wicker conservatory furniture promotes Fair Trade ethics, whilst also abiding by a low carbon emission business plan. All of our rattan is also sustainably sourced from the world’s largest rattan supplier, Indonesia. We work closely with suppliers to ensure that sustainability is a priority in the local communities, giving the communities a constant source of income and a sustained economy. Meaning all of our customers are able to have environmentally friendly furnishings. Overall, sustainability in gardening can be your own way to give back to the environment and protect it for future generations. All it requires is a little work and the drive to be a more environmentally friendly gardener.

Destress with gardening With the dawn of the New Year, getting your garden in order will be the resolution for many. So, here are the important steps you must take to prep your garden for the Spring growing season:

Create a Grow Calendar

Knowing the right time to plant and grow your different flowers, herbs and vegetables are important in order to achieve the best growth possible. Especially if you are buying a number of different seeds with varying grow times. Most will need to be germinated or planted in the middle of Spring (around May), so it is important to know when to start growing them indoors and when to transfer them outside. Buy or create a calendar for your plants, using the information that comes with the seeds to help determine your schedule. A garden diary can also be used alongside this to determine the success of your garden over time. It may seem like a lot of effort, but planning early can help to ensure the success of your garden in Spring and Summer.

Grow Seedlings Indoors

If you plan on growing any flowers, herbs or vegetables, chances are they will not take well to immediately growing in outdoor soil. In the weeks leading up to Spring, you should start by growing your seeds into seedlings indoors. This doesn’t have to be a time-consuming endeavour, simply choose a selection of paper cups, add drainage holes and put on a tray with newspaper. Then simply add soil and the seeds of your choosing. Keep this tray in a warm place with no direct sunlight. Water regularly and after a couple of weeks, you will find yourself with a healthy bunch of seedlings. Once Spring arrives, you can transfer these from the pot directly into your soil for a Summer bloom.

Work the Soil

Plants will not grow well if the soil you plant them in is not well-prepared beforehand. But, knowing when to work the soil in order to be ready to plant in Spring can also be difficult. Do it too early and you risk the soil being too wet, making it compact and harder for your plants to take root when you do plant them. To test this, simply get a handful of soil and squeeze. If when pressed the clump breaks apart easily when it is dry enough to work with, if it sticks together then it is too wet. Once your soil is dry enough, then you can start work by removing weeds, any large stones and dead plants. Use these to produce new compost for Summer growth. A broad garden fork is ideal to help break up the surface of your soil, as it will speed up the work and evenly distribute the soil – or you could use a tine tiller. As soon as these steps are taken in Spring you will be ready to plant your seedlings. If you plan to grow Spring flowers, then as soon as you finish this work is also an ideal time to plant your bulbs in the newly worked soil.   Here at Desser & Co, we know how much hard work comes into creating a beautiful garden space. Ensuring you get the right high-quality outdoor furniture to go alongside all of this effort, then, is vitally important. After all, what better way to enjoy the fruits of your labour than to sit and admire it throughout the summer on beautiful wicker furniture.

Natural rattan is without a doubt one of the most triumphed materials used in modern day furniture making. A highly reliable and easy material to work with, it is simply perfect for forming furniture pieces for your home or garden. Desser ORLEANS Range close up shot with champagne glasses As an extremely durable material, for decades now it has been utilized to manufacture rattan furniture and as it won’t splinter, it has proved a highly cost-effective and strong item that can withstand the harshness of the UK’s weather conditions.   As a result of all of its benefits, it is no wonder why the country has seen a surge of synthetic rattan garden furniture on sale over the past few years. As it is almost normality now for consumers when shopping for outdoor ranges, it is bringing about the question of whether people should buy natural or synthetic garden rattan furniture. As both forms have their benefits, you may be wondering why you’d pick the synthetic over the natural or ‘real’ version if you like. Well, it, of course, comes down to practicality and cost. Rattan garden furniture is continuously growing in popularity and manufacturers wanted to achieve the distinctive timeless look and feel of natural rattan at a fraction of the cost so it could be available to the masses. Furthermore, synthetic or poly rattan ranges are not susceptible to mould like the real thing is, and it is very easy to clean with just warm water and washing up liquid. The plays a big factor when you consider that natural rattan won’t retain its ‘out the box’ quality due to the varying outdoor conditions where it is vulnerable to the effects of moisture.   Here at Desser & Co, we have designed high quality and high in comfort synthetic ranges for generations now. Whilst we know that outdoor suites have to look amazing, we equally know how important it is that these collections are practical and offer the best value for money. When it comes to synthetic garden furniture, we are proud to offer ranges that maintain the look and feel of natural rattan combined with that long-lasting durability that has made it such a popular material in the outdoor furniture industry. Due to the robustness and flexibility of the material, we are able to offer ranges in a variety of different colours to meet all tastes, all whilst maintaining that toughness that is associated with natural rattan. slider-image-6 One of the common misconceptions is that because these ranges are cheaper than natural ones, it means that the quality suffers. This couldn’t be further from the truth as it is the material that cuts the cost, not the quality of craftsmanship. With UV light protection – that you don’t get from natural pieces – synthetic rattan is the perfect choice for conservatory’s, orangeries or your garden as your suite will not fade in the rare bits of sun that we actually get!   We encourage you to take a look at our luxury synthetic rattan furniture ranges and see how impressive they are. As you’ll find, they look identical to natural ranges, they’re woven in the same way and the variety in design will mean that there is a modern, perfect piece for you.

With the right care, your garden decking can last for years. It might take a little bit of preparation and upkeep, but the results will be worth it when you get to enjoy your garden decking throughout the spring, summer and autumn months. If you are concerned about the recent snowfall and freezing conditions, there’s still plenty of things you can do to protect your deck, even if you aren’t able to take steps like applying a coat of protective seal. Follow these quick and simple steps to protect your deck this winter.

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Clear the clutter

It’s important to clear your deck of clutter in the winter months as it can lead to moisture building up and damaging the wood and joists. Pots and planters and particularly problematic as they can lead to weakened spots in the wood. Move all pots and planters indoors to help protect your plants and then clear the deck of any leaves or branches. Unless you are planning to use your garden dining furniture throughout the winter, it’s a good idea to put this in storage, too.

Apply a sealant

If there is a break in the weather and you get a chance, it’s a good idea to apply a quick coat of sealant to ensure your deck is protected from the elements. You will need to thoroughly clean the deck and then apply a layer of water-based sealant.  If you don’t have time, or if the weather won’t allow it, then you can cover your deck with a tarpaulin to help keep it dry. Make sure you check under the tarpaulin throughout the winter to ensure there aren’t any areas of damp or mildew.

Shovel the snow

If you leave snow on your deck, the process of melting and refreezing can cause irreversible damage to the boards and joists. Also, if you don’t sweep away snow while it is still possible to do so then you can end up with a large block of ice on your deck that is much more difficult to shift. Shoveling or sweeping away the snow after every storm is the best way to ensure your deck is protected.

Look out for mould

A rotten decking board can quickly lead to an injury if not dealt with quickly. When spring comes around again, thoroughly inspect your deck for signs of mould or mildew and replace any boards before they become a safety hazard. Ensure you give your deck time to dry out before bringing your pots, planters and outdoor furniture back onto the deck.

A line of candy canes, in a festive outdoor backdrop. No matter how cold it gets – or snowy depending on what part of the country you are currently in – every good Christmas party somehow wanders outside. After all, nothing is better than cooling down and enjoying the scenery after a long day inside. At Desser & Co we know how important a great festive season is. So, with that in mind here are a few ideas to help bring your garden to life during the festivities, no matter how cold it might be!  

Outdoor Christmas Tree

This takes some forward thinking or forward planting as the case may be, but an outdoor Christmas tree would be a delightful addition to your festivities. Especially if you make the effort to put lights on and make it as vibrant as your indoor variation. Of course, you may have some non-Christmas tree shaped evergreens in your garden already. In which case, they will work just as well for this particular decoration. Getting a star on top might be an issue, but with some creative manoeuvring, you could have a glittering display for all of your family to enjoy. Perhaps don’t put the presents under the tree, however, unless you want soggy gifts.  

Blankets

Sitting around a fire in on your outdoor wicker furniture can be a great way to tell stories and enjoy spending time with your family. However, the fact that it will be very chilly is a fact. That doesn’t mean that it is off limits though. A good blanket, or two or three, can be a great way to keep everyone warm no matter if it snows or not. If it’s very, very, cold then a heated blanket can also be a lifesaver for your family.  

Signs

‘Santa Stop Here’ is a classic, but there are plenty of other great signs that can be used to spruce up your garden space. The more fun it is the better your friends and family will love it. Especially if there are children attending, as you can even invest in a fairy door to ignite their imagination over the Christmas night.  

Lighting

Warm lighting has a wonderful effect of tricking the brain to feel the cold less. Or, at least, that is what you can tell your guests. Buy a string of festoon lighting for a truly sophisticated look (avoid fairy lights at all cost). Of course, you could also choose to use lanterns for a truly festive look. But, depending on whether or not you use traditional or modern you may find their light fading fast.   So, whether or not you want to put the jingle into the bells this Christmas or just want to free up space in your home during a party, decorating your garden could be the best way to do it.
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