Happy Easter from Primrose!

Happy Easter from Primrose!

Whether you’re celebrating with family or just relaxing, we hope you’ll have a fantastic time this Easter holiday.

If you’re looking for a day out this Easter and are local to the Henley-on-Thames area, we’d love to see you stop by our new concession area at Toad Hall garden centre. We’ve also got a voucher for a free tea or coffee on us. Read more about it in our blogpost.

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Perfect Bonfire Night Accessories!

Bonfire Night!

Halloween is almost over, but exciting autumnal festivities continue. Time to put away the pumpkins and reignite your festive mood for Bonfire Night! Celebrate in style and warmth with our garden heating and lighting ideas!

Here’s the recipe for your stylish Bonfire Night:

Fire Bowls and Fire Pits from £27.95!

wedding-meCat works in the marketing team and is responsible for online marketing, social media and the newsletter.

She spends most of her time reading about a variety of interesting facts, such as oddly named Canadian towns, obscure holidays and unusual gardening.

She mostly writes about Primrose news and current events.

See all of Cat’s posts.

5 Accessories to Turn Your Garden into a Stunning Alfresco Dining Room

garden lights
Image by Wonderlane

Throwing a party is always fun – but especially when it is a garden party.  With your garden, there are many things you can do to transform it into a beautiful party location. Just a few special items and thought-out finishing touches will turn your garden into something so magical that your guests will not want to leave.  After reading about these wonderful accessories and the atmosphere they could create for you, your parties will never be the same again.

1. Low Voltage LED Light Net

Drape these sweet little lights over your hedges, trees or shrubs to create a magical and romantic effect, just like those created in the movies.  If your garden doesn’t have  greenery at hand, then hang them from your walls or fences, creating a relaxing atmosphere and calming ambience for your guests.

These lights are low voltage, so they will not be too bright and glaring, leading to soft lighting that will set the mood rather than blind anyone!  White lights would be the perfect colour choice, because it is versatile and soothing, which is what you want for a relaxed garden party.

2. Mosaic Fire Pit

A mosaic fire pit is both practical and picturesque.  This is a unique accessory that will make the atmosphere of your garden party absolutely amazing.  You can use it as a table, which would show off the beautiful mosaic pattern, or you could use it as a fire pit, which would keep your guests warm and produce a shimmering fire.  The fire pit also has a removable grill, which can be used as a barbecue.

3. Indian Garden Parasol

An Indian garden parasol is the perfect centrepiece for a garden party.  The gorgeous details, combined with the beautiful colours, will make your garden look all the more special, while providing shade for your guests.

4. Good Quality Tablecloth

Buying a good quality tablecloth will help to make your garden party look beautiful.  A good quality tablecloth improves the overall presentation, as it looks fresh, crisp and slick on top of the tables, displaying the food and drink. A colourful, enticing tablecloth can make your delicious buffet spread look even tastier!

Why not try a natural white table cloth? Or bright vibrant colours and patterns? Once you’ve got your theme, you can create a look which will captivate your guests and make your party a night to remember.

5. Vintage Style Glassware

Your party wouldn’t be complete without the necessary accessories to serve food and drink to your guests.  Displays, glassware and serving utensils are the finishing touches that pull everything together, so consider using special items that are beautiful .

If you  prefer products that are unique and colourful, yet with a classic twist, then how about vintage style glassware?  A small number of vintage style goblets, dessert bowls and cake plates would be eye-catching additions to brighten up your tables.

These are just a small number of the accessories you could use to transform your garden into a stunning party location, with a magical atmosphere for all your guests to enjoy.  Are there any accessories you would recommend? Share your thoughts below.

 

Shaniqua is a lifestyle blogger from London, who likes to write plays in her spare time.  She enjoys planning and hosting parties and recommends Wipe Easy Tablecloths.

The Outdoor En-Suite

Over the past few years we’ve had some building work done on our house. Unfortunately it took longer than expected, so in the thousand years that the builder was with us I built up quite a stock of expectation about what I could do when the world righted itself. I also built up a stock of surplus household fittings for one reason or another. One of those was a large bath that had been relegated to the back garden due to it having a chip out of the side. A new one was delivered but we kept hold of the old one as I figured it would make a pretty good plant pot.
Plants under netting
Then a little while ago one of my neighbours very kindly popped over with a load of strawberry plants. She’d planted them out and they’d run wild so she was trying to get rid of a few. I was over the moon and decided to plant them in the bath. I put the bath on a few bricks to raise it for drainage and then started to fill it with bits of masonry and bricks, polystyrene and compost, anything really that I could hide in the bottom of the bath rather than taking to the tip.
Outdoor En-Suite
I planted the strawberry plants in the bath and covered it over with netting so the birds couldn’t get to it and I’m pleased to say that, despite all the rain we’ve been having, the strawberries are thriving. We’ve been picking quite a few of them and we even made ice-cream with them. The raspberries are all starting to ripen too so it’s mixed berries for pudding.
Delicious homegrown strawberries
I also found a butler sink going cheap that I’ve put to good use as an outside sink underneath the outside tap. It’s perfect for sitting pots in when they need a good soaking and for filling up so the children can do some of the watering for me, though they seem to prefer using the hose so they can soak each other.
Sink and rockery garden
To finish off the set I somehow ended up with not one but two toilets that weren’t needed. One of them had a crack in it but the other was just surplus. Now I know builders, friends and loved ones all think I’m nuts but I quite fancy using these unusual porcelain pots in the garden. I’ve been trying to decide what to put in them and where to put them in the garden. I did consider planting my Jerusalem artichokes in them but didn’t think it would be palatable to eat a tuber that was wrested from a u-bend so now I’m thinking maybe alpines might work but if anyone has any suggestions please let me know.

Thanks,
Lisa

Fairy Folk support the National Garden Sleep Out

Here’s a special story from Di to all the children who slept out!
This way to the Fairy Garden
Hello all you brave Primrose people who valiantly slept out on July 28th, to raise awareness of two great causes, Just a Drop and Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and a very special ‘Hello’ to all you children out there who had such a brilliant time! We are the fairies that live at the bottom of Di’s garden (Yes, honestly, so please believe in us!)

When Di told us about the great National SleepOut, we thought it was a new Olympic sport and something that we’d excel in! Surely we would be gold medal winners, as we sleep out in Di’s garden 365 nights a year, so we are well qualified! But Di, our owner and caretaker, was a touch sad… She felt she was far too old to partake in such an event — after all she’s pushing the grand old age of… Shhhh–We daren’t tell! She suffers from “Gardener’s Back”, and at the end of a hard day working in the garden, she deserves a good night’s sleep in a comfy bed (it’s an age thing, or so she tells us!) So, we felt it was up to us, on her behalf, to fly the flag and do our bit for the SleepOut!

Fairy Statues in the Garden

Union Flag waving in the sun in the garden
As there’s only a few of us real fairies living at the bottom of the garden, we needed to gather the troops and formulate our own “Garden Team GB” to represent the little folk all over the country who live in gardens, and sleep out in all weathers.

First we approached the Angels who live in the arbour (they are well sheltered and a bit soft).

Angels in an Arbour

They agreed: “Oh most certainly,” they said. “If it’ll help raise awareness for Just a Drop and Bumblebee Conservation Trust, we’re all for it! Will there be buttercup wine and fairy cakes?”

Then we asked the statues. They’re a bit stony faced normally and don’t have much to do with us, but for once they agreed! “Yes, if it’s for a good cause we are happy to oblige! But please make sure you photograph us from our good side, because some of us are a little cracked and in need of Botox fillers.”

Statue resting under flowers in the garden

Next we asked the wild gnome (he’s a bit mad, but ‘armless’…).

Broken gnome resting at the bottom of the garden

“No probs!” he replied, “Don’t get out much these days; I just sit here under this prickly rose, waiting for Di to prune back the thorny stems…”

Gnarled Old Ivy Man was up for it too…

Gnarled Ivy Man Statue in Garden

Not to mention Alice, the Mad Hatter, and White Rabbit, who as usual, complained he was “Late! Late!! Very, very late!!” but still managed to get to the SleepOut on time! Alice kindly brought a bottle, and the Mad Hatter sang a few songs to get the party going.

Alice in Wonderland, Mad Hatter, and Rabbit garden statues

And so it was that this ramshackle collection of garden ornaments came to life and supported the National Garden SleepOut! For all of their lives they’d slept outside in Di’s garden, and endured all that the weather had thrown at them. Now, their moment had come! Recognition at last! They’d trained long and hard (some had slept outside for 25 years or more!), had their share of setbacks (and been repaired with super glue), and the birds had done you-know-what on them! But on Sunday morning, July 29th, Victory was theirs! They’d taken part in a very special Garden SleepOut! Well done Garden Team GB, and cheers to all the Little Folk across our green and pleasant land!

Di