Harness the Spring Sunshine with Solar Powered Water Features

With the weather taking a turn for the warmer and the promise of more sunny days ahead, why not think about using all that free energy to power a relaxing water feature? Imagine yourself enjoying the early summer rays, with the soothing sound of flowing water in the background.

Our range of fountains and cascades will create a relaxing atmosphere in your garden, or on a patio or balcony. The solar powered water features are all driven by direct sunlight and some also have rechargeable battery back-up, to keep the pump operating if the sun goes in.

So what should you look for in a water feature? Well that very much depends on the style of your garden or balcony, as well as personal taste. We have designs to suit every garden, from tiered cascades and pyramids to bird baths. Some features incorporate charming characters like our friendly frog, serene Buddha or pretty wood nymph. Each fountain has its own unique look with finishes including weathered stone, glazed and patterned ceramics, slate and bronze.

And as all the energy used to power the pumps is direct from the sun, you can relax knowing that your beautiful new feature is friendly to the environment, as well as to your electricity bill.

Dancing Wind Chimes is a Sweet Ornament For Garden Decoration

I have always loved Garden Decoration and Wind Chimes by Woodstock Chimes was what I coveted most, back in 1992! I am so proud to that we at Home to Garden carry the Woodstock Chimes line of beautiful hand-tuned chimes. Wind Chimes are the Grandaddy of garden decoration and have been part of Eastern culture for thousands of years.

Garden Decorations can enhance any area of your garden. Fences can be decorated with mirrors or stainless shapes that become reflecting pools of all the colour in the garden and adding a feel of extra depth to the area. Wind sculptures bring the unseen element of air movement alive as do wind chimes and brightly colored flags. Hanging Crystals catch the sunlight and turn walls and patio pavements into rainbow polka dotted landscapes!

There are practical uses for Garden Decorations, as they are used widely in Sensory Gardens at schools for disabled children and in Hospices for the terminally ill. For the disabled they provide stimulation of the senses. For terminally ill patients they provide relief from the confines of being indoors and the static environment of being confined mostly to bed. At Home to Garden, we donate many of our products to schools and hospices that want to provide outdoor Sensory Gardens for their patients and students who are in schools for the disabled and are wheel chair bound.

There is so much choice now, in the sector of garden decoration, one could turn their garden into a vertible Dysneyland! This may appeal to some and would certainly be a hit with the children or anyone who is very young at heart!  Really though, just a few well chosen pieces, whether  a beautiful wind chime or wind sculpture, reflecting mirrors, glass rainbow bubbles, will be all the focal points needed to bring a wonderful sense of interest and vitality to your garden.

Bring Adoring Taste Into Your Garden With Antic Garden Sculptures and Accessories

Garden Sculptures have been part of garden design for centuries. They provide a focal point in the most formal garden and in a small cottage garden. We have expanded our range of garden sculptures and statues over the last year and our range is now very comprehensive in choice and styles. The Chilstone Company, which is renowned for their garden sculptures and accessories, is an example of a great British company and we are proud to be supplied by them with their distinctive designs and beautiful craftsmanship.

Choosing any garden sculpture or garden accessories is a very individual endeavor as tastes vary so much, but here at Home to Garden we offer choices so varied from the most classic and timeless, to designs with a distinctly contemporary, modern look. Choosing something for yourself or as a gift to someone special is very easy with the wide choice across a full spectrum of themes and ideas. Hence, we at Home2Garden try to stay original and update our garden accessories range as often as possible.

March Gardening Tips

Time has come now to assess winter losses and plan for replacement plants to be planted. The sun is finally out and days are gradually getting wormer.

It will be good to take into account these plants which did not survive the ‘’extreme low temperatures’’ and choose more robust ones for this season.

Little and Big Jobs For March

  • Check stored fruit and vegetables and remove any damaged or mouldy produce to avoid spoiling the rest.
  • Seed potatoes are available now. Chit them (allow shoots to form) by placing them in a light, cool, frost-free place.
  • Moss will start growing on lawns before the grass, so now is the time to start killing it with ferrous sulphate.
  • This is your last chance to plant bare-rooted raspberries. Prune the canes of summer-fruiting types to 10in after planting, and autumn-fruiting varieties down to ground level. Hellebores may show distorted foliage which is the result of stop-start growth caused by lower temperatures. New shoots should now grow normally.
  • Check outdoor containers are regularly watered, particularly those sheltered by house porches or eaves.
  • Netting over brassicas may have been weakened by snow and need attention to deter ravenous birds.
  • Clear leaves from around snowdrops so you can see their flowers emerging.
  • Put up bird nesting boxes this month – it’s the last chance before tits start looking for a suitable residence.
  • Ventilate your glasshouse or conservatory on mild days to help prevent fungal problems.

Borders Work

Many of our gardens have been battered by a second hard British winter in a row, but this is a chance to reassess borders.

  • Try reintroducing old favorites better equipped to deal with cold winters as alternatives to slightly tender plants.
  • Remove lime scale from outdoor water features, by using standard lime scale detergents; you do not need anything fancy. Also for any of the Solar Powered Water Features make sure that the solar panels are clean, so they let enough light into the solar panels.
  • Olive and bay trees may fail in freezing conditions, so instead plant standard Elaeagnus ‘Quicksilver’ AGM, the evergreens Ilex aquifolium ‘JC van Tol’ AGM or Viburnum tinus ‘Gwenllian’ AGM.
  • As the sun is coming out, in exposed gardens, try lacy purple or yellow-leaved elderberry (Sambucus nigra) instead of Japanese maples. Plant shrubby lilac Syringa x laciniata or Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’ AGM instead of rosemary.
  • Dormant shrubs and perennials allow you to assess the need for structure. Trees with eye-catching bark, such as birches and maples, are beautiful all year.
  • If flowers are your passion, choose for a succession of seasonal colour.
  • Measuring and drawing the garden should clarify plans; view the garden from inside the house and from different angles.
  • Consider moving or replacing damaged, overgrown or badly placed shrubs.

Useful Kit and Garden Decorations – Water Features

Traditional spades have straight blades, short shafts and D-shaped handles. Spades with long shafts are available, but Wisley gardeners favour a type known as a Cornish spade, with a long plain handle and pointed blade.

These are easy on the back and make light work of even quite hard soils. The only drawback is that they don’t bury weeds and manure as neatly as straight-edged spades. Solar water features are particularly attractive for the garden as they are very easy to install and do not need any of the long winded cables. At Home2Garden we have introduced a brand new ranged of the Solar Water Features for the coming season!

Garden Gift Ideas For Mother’s Day

Decorating and looking after your garden is not an easy task. It takes a lot of skill, patience and practice to make the garden truly perfect and even then you think that you have finished you always find yourself at the point that you could add few things here and there.

There are numerous garden ornaments ideas which can be used for that purpose! They range from stylish water features, mesmerizing wind spinners, or colorful decorative accents – like stainless steel metal birds, glass bubbles, wind chimes and many more…

One of our favorite garden ornaments ideas are the Decorative Mushrooms. They are truly magical as they twinkle and shimmer in the wind. They will enhance and enchant any part of your garden. The Magic Mushrooms are made from frost proof ceramic and their caps are covered either in mosaic glass or are made from copper effect metal. They are most effective when they are positioned in pairs or in a greater number.

Did you ever think about an ideal gift idea? Gifts for gardeners could be one of these. At Home2Garden we get a lot of people asking us for gift ideas. With coming Mothers Day we have created a special category on our website which contains Gifts for Gardeners most suitable for this occasion. We have included in this section a range of beautiful sparkling crystals, glass and metal flowers, selected Wind Chimes and many garden products with a heart motive. We truly hope that we can help you in order to find this very special present for the coming Mothers Days. Please do email or call us if you want to ask us any questions, we are always here happy to speak to you.

Daffs started sprouting eagerly up from the soil !

Just when the Daffs and early spring flowers started sprouting eagerly up from the soil, and the days are getting decidly lighter longer, what happens but huge blanketing of snow all across Great Britain!

There is no doubt about it, the new fallen snow never fails to enchant but I think we are ready for warmer days.
Helping your plants and shrubs cope with the latest snowfall, one can take a little time to walk around the garden helping the plants by shaking the snow from their bending branches. Leave the old growth of tender plants on the plants through the winter as it will protect the crown from the coldest of weather. That may be a little late advice but try to remember next November when the plants are dying down.

Another trick I used when I had a large Birch tree growing right in front of the house, was once all those pretty golden leaves fell off and covered my front garden, I put a wonderful, rich, layer of compost over all the leaves. My garden was transformed from an unholy mess, to clean, instantly, The blanket of compost kept the tender plants a bit more protected from the frost and snow. In the spring the leaves had rotted underneath the compost and everything was ready to dig and turn over. looking very rich and fertile indeed, despite the soil really being very chalky!

Turning away from the cold outside and focusing our attention to the home, after all the holiday decorations are taken down inside and the pine needles swept away, it really can look a bit cheerless. In our home accent section we have a wonderful selection of pretty bowls for storage or display. Bright, clean lines, and gorgeous colour, the bowls will brighten up any table top, shelves, or counters adding a little pep to the interior of your home.

Our indoor water fountains will also add a freshness to stale winter air as it burbles away. We have a wonderful large selection and most of the fountains will fit on any window sill in any room. What a delightful way to soothe and recharge, listening to the gentle cascade of your very own little water fountain!

We have also introduced a new range of garden statues. Please feel free to browse through the new garden statues category – over one hundred hand made Chilstone statues just arrived !

February blog

As we start to see Snow Drops, Daffs and Crocuses in the garden, we know that Spring is just around the corner. Although it has been a winter of freezing temperatures, gales, floods, almost everything Nature could throw at us, there have been a few almost balmy (ok that might be pushing it) days in the last week. When the sun did make appearances, the land lit up in colours of green and gold and we even saw a couple of spectacular rainbows.

Use the time now to prepare vegetable gardens for sowing as the season comes into spring, by laying plastic sheeting over the soil to help thaw it. This will also encourage weeds, but they can be hoed away when one is ready to plant. Plants like peppers, chilies and aborigines which take up to five months to mature, should be sown this month. Take care of your garden tools and metal garden ornaments by cleaning them and spraying the metal surfaces of tools with a light coating of general-purpose oil to prevent them rusting.

Take a day when the sun is out, (the afternoons are lengthening now), and clean out the shed and/or green house of overwintering bugs and anything that has over-stayed it’s welcome. Brush the lawn and clear away leaves, twigs and blown off branches that may have accumulated through the winds and gales of the last few months.
We have a wonderful selection of Garden Tools on our website which can help with any of these jobs and get you started on sowing and planting your dream garden for the spring and summer to come. To make your garden even more beautiful have a look at our brand new range of garden ornaments for this coming spring

I saw a few bunnies the other day nibbling on the grass in the sunshine and thought we are almost there, lighter days, bunnies out and about and swards of Daffodils nearly ready for bloom. The worst of winter may soon be over, lets hope so!

Winter in the Garden

In deep mid winter we let the garden slumber until the snow melts away and the first green shoots and snow drops appear.
Now is the time to look through bulb and seed catalogues and plan what sort of garden you would like to look out upon in the coming months. The seed catalogues are filled with everything from old cottage garden favourites, to the most exotic and newly acquired flowering plants from Asia.

Right now though, you can still create a wonderful winter wonderland in your garden, patio, or balcony using the products we offer at Home2Garden. The Rainbow Bubbles are delightful Garden Sculptures placed in the garden as they will turn into opalescent pearls when the frost turns the world silver! They are completely frost proof so will withstand the harshest weather. When the frost turns to snow, the Bubbles become Snow Bubbles! Very enchanting and magical!

Garden Sculptures that interact with the elements are another way to capture the eye all year round but particularly in the winter when all is frozen, snowy and still. Home2Garden specialises in Kinetic Wind Sculptures which are the most popular of our Garden Ornaments. The blades catch the snow yet still turn in the slightest breeze creating a fascinating moving snow sculpture. Most of our own Wind Sculptures are created in Stainless Steel so they will stay bright and reflective even on the dullest of winter days.

. This is my favourite time of year to enjoy the various wind sculptures and Wind Ornaments that hang in the garden. With the lack of colour from flowers and plants, it can be a rather forlorn outlook, yet just one lovely focal point, such as these will breath life and colour in your garden. Be it an enchanting Rainbow Bubble (or three), or mesmerising Wind Sculptures, as they interact with the winter elements, the become more beautiful the colder or snowier it gets.

So take time to relax, peruse your catalogues by a cozy fire, and occasionally look up and out the window to see your garden decorated with a delightful garden accent. They will entrance and inspire you without having to wait until Spring. The garden in winter deserves a little dressing up and we have the loveliest of gifts for your garden to choose from.

December Blog and Gardening Tips

December is a magical time to sit back and let the garden slumber. A lot of work is being done behind the scenes as the cold, frost and snow helps to get rid of pests and disease in the garden. Although it can look too dreary to even contemplate stepping out, a turn around the garden or just the patio, clearing away dead leaves, twigs that have fallen in the winds, empty snail shells ( or inhabited ones) is just the tonic for being indoors too long! A little fresh cold air clears the head and puts a rosy glow on the cheeks!

Here at Home to Garden we know how much you love decorating the garden with our garden ornaments and garden accents that will interact with the wind, rain and snow, entertaining the house bound, and assuring that even if the garden looks asleep it really is alive! The ornaments we specialise in are made to twirl, spin, sparkle and dance in just the lightest draught of chill air.

For those who are looking to buy gifts for gardeners we have a wonderful selection of garden tools from Wolf and pretty garden art to decorate walls and fences to cheer up any setting! Statues and Fountains from Chilstone are fabulous gifts for someone who wants to buy just that something a little more special, that are timeless in their appeal and beauty.

Keeping the darkness at bay can be feel futile at this time of year, but with Home to Garden’s selection of Solar powered lights, and garden accents, the garden and pathways can be illuminated in a very enchanting way without it costing any more on the electric bill. We also have more practical spots and security lights that will give extra insurance against theft or accidents in the dark. For the patio, there is a choice of gorgeous globes and cube lights that are a stunning focal point, bright and modern, wonderful and enjoyable to add colour and pop that can be viewed from within the home.

We have added so many new lines and products it is really worth taking the time to look through all the pages of the web site, there surely will be something for you or the ones you love, that will be the perfect gift for the holidays!
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to All from Lisa and Magic and the team at Home2Garden!

November Gardening Tips

As autumn is  here lets prepare our garden for the coming winter. Here are some ideas and tips on what you should be doing to get the most out of your garden in November.

After chrysanthemums have stopped blooming, cut stems back close to the ground and dispose of stems and all dropped and dried leaves and branches.

Clean garden tools of all plant material and dirt. Replace worn spark plugs, oil all necessary parts, and sharpen blades. Store all tools in their proper place indoors, never outdoors where they will rust over the winter.

Bring out the bird feeders and stock them with bird seed for the birds. Remember to provide fresh water for them too. Home2Garden has a range of garden decorations and garden sculptures including decorative bird feeders

Reduce peony botrytis blight and hollyhock rust by removing and disposing of all old stems this fall. This will reduce the carryover of the diseases during the winter and you will have less trouble next year.

Clean up rose beds. Be sure all diseased leaves are raked up and disposed. *Inspect trees and shrubs for bagworm capsules. Remove and destroy them to reduce next year’s pest population.

If you’ve purchased gourds this year as decorations, plan to grow them yourself next year. They make great garden projects for kids.

Be sure not to store apples or pears with vegetables. The fruits give off ethylene gas which speeds up the breakdown of vegetables and will cause them to develop off flavors.

After the ground freezes, mulch small fruit plants such as strawberries. One inch of straw or leaves is ideal for strawberries. Small branches may be used to keep mulch in place.

Remove all mummified fruit from fruit trees and rake up and destroy those on the ground. Also, rake and dispose of apple and cherry leaves. Good sanitation practices reduce reinfestation of insects and diseases the following season.

African violets do well when potted in rather small pots. A good general rule is to use a pot one third the diameter of the plant. Encourage African violets to bloom by giving them plenty of light. They can be in a south window during dark winter months. They bloom beautifully under fluorescent lights. In fact, they seem to prefer them.

Clean and fix and all hand tools and garden tools. Repaint handles or identification marks that have faded over the summer. Sharpen all blades and remove any rust.

Order seed catalogs now for garden planning in January. For variety, consider companies that specialize in old and rare varieties or wild flowers.