New selection of Wind Chimes

We have just expanded our range of Wind Chimes by adding many more new types and designs of chimes. Especially popular are the Bamboo Wind Chimes which have been handmade to the highest standard in Indonesia.
Bamboo wind chimes are constructed from suspended bamboo tubes and bell shaped gongs. They have been used in several shapes and sizes throughout the centuries to decorate gardens and produce soothing and meditative sounds.

Wind chimes are usually placed outside in the garden, on patios, or inside a conservatory. The smaller chimes can be hanged inside the house in kid’s rooms, or by the window, where the wind can make them move and chime!
Our glass chimes are made from recycled and frost proof glass hand cut in Poland and Far East. The glass chimes make unique and beautiful sounds as the wind makes them gently move.

Not sure where to hang your wind chime? Many of our customers choose to hang wind chimes by their entrance where their delightful tune greets each and every visitor. Alternatively you can put your wind chime by a window and let the breeze bring them to life whenever the window is open

Wind Chimes make a fantastic present for the coming Christmas. They are packed in gift boxes and can be gift wrapped for you, so they become the idea gift solution.

Our Garden Range

There are a number of garden ornaments available on the market. They range from garden gnomes, garden glass accents, garden animals, or decorative garden accessories. Home2garden has been specialising in designing, manufacturing and distributing home and garden gifts for almost 2 decades. We have started the company in 1996 with a small range of wind spinners and hand blown glass made in Poland. The products were very well received and we have gradually decided to extend our range.

We now provide an extensive range of garden ornaments including garden glass, garden gifts, garden tools, Bbqs and garden furniture. We source all our products from manufactures that conform to ethical working standards. We frequently visit our manufactures to check on their progress and discuss any new projects or ideas.

Working with people and being creative gives us a great pleasure and joy! In order to keep our garden gifts range unique we regularly add new products and try to update the ones which we already have. Most of Home2Garden products come with 2 year guarantee. If you have any questions or issues we are always here to help you.

Our newest range of products includes extensive range of stone statues, stone furniture and fountains; we will tell you about it more in our next blog edition. Please contact us if you want to share any of your experiences with Home2Garden products, or if you just want to have a chat, we will be really happy to answer any of your questions!

October Gardening Tips

Now autumn is definitely here, it’s time to get out in the garden before the winter sets in and prepare for the cold weather to come. Here are some ideas and tips on what you should be doing to get the most out of your garden in October.

Bring in tender plants- Keep and eye on the weather forecast and in bring any plants that may be damaged by early frosts, put them in a bright frost-free area.

Rake up leaves- It’s a job we all hate, but the lawn or patio will look unsightly, so it’s worth getting them up. Plus they can be added to your composter.

Pull up summer bedding- Pull out any tatty looking bedding and put them in the composter-throw any diseased plants away though as you don’t want these in your compost

Pick apples and pears- Harvesting will be in full swing this month. To check if the fruit is ready to pick, cup it with your hand and gently twist it. If it doesn’t come off, leave it a few more days before trying it again

Cut back Asparagus- The old stems of asparagus can be off at ground level and composted. Remove any weeds at the same time

Protect Winter Salad- Keep the worst of the weather off by covering your plants with fleece

Remove damaged areas of turf- Simply lift worn areas of lawn either reseed or relay turf. The warm moist conditions at this time of the year mean that it will quickly re-establish
Pick late flowers- Bring some of the beauty of the garden indoors by cutting late blooms such as chrysanthemums

Put the green house insulation – Keep the cold out by putting up bubble insulation. It’s available on the roll at garden centres, so you can buy exactly the right amount you need

Harvest root vegetables – Such as carrots, beetroot and turnips

Planting

Plant spring bedding- Fill any gaps with spring bedding such as wallflowers. Most won’t flower until spring, but if you want some colour before then, try Viola ‘sorbet mixed’ You can also add some colour on your patio in pots and raised beds.

Plant Lillies in Pots- Autumn is a good time to plant lilies, as they can grow roots before the winter weather arrives and then get off to a good start in spring. In pots, allow 5cm between bulbs

Plant Bulbs for Christmas- Plant early varieties of Hyacinth such as ‘Delft Blue’, ‘Pink Pearl’ and ‘Jan Bos’, in early October. Similarly early varieties of amaryllis such as ‘Minerva’, should be planted in mid-October. Wait until November to plant Paperwhite narcissus.

Grow your own vegetables
It’s a great time to start growing your own vegetables and if you don’t have a vegetable plot or allotment a raised bed is a great start:

Plant Spring Cabbage- For some welcome fresh greens next spring, plant 15cm apart, in rows 30cm apart. Good spring cabbage varieties include ‘Duncan’ and ‘Pixie’

Plant Onions- The onion variety Troy has been proven to survive harsh winters and produce great crops in summer that store well.

Plant Winter Salads- Such as lettuce, chicory, endive, oriental mustards and mizuna, you will need to protect from hard frosts and slugs and snails though

Plant Garlic- The garlic variety ‘Solent Wight’ is suitable for planting in autumn

August Gardening Tips

Enjoy your garden and all the work it has taken to create your summer oasis, Autumn is just around the corner!

Trim Lavender
Strart trimming your Lavender shrubs, a little light pruning will ensure abundant blossoms next year. Dry the lavender in bunches hung upside down and use the dried lavender through the winter in the bath, or tucked inside a sachet inside a pillow case to promote a deeper sleep.

Maintain healthy bedding plants
Bedding plants will be feeling a little exhausted by August aand will need some feeding once a week and watered daily. Always deadhead faded blooms to keep beds looking tidy and to sustain new blossoming.Start looking at catalogues for Daffodils for autumn planting.
Keep your bedding plants healthy and in bloom with regular deadheading, watering, and feeding with a high potash fertiliser.

Propagate Geraniums
Take cuttings from healthy shoots and insert into moist potting compost or simply place cutting into jars of water and
when roots appear, insert into good compost like John Innes no#2. You will have Geraniums growing on your window sill all through the winter!

Cut and store seed heads
Saving seeds is a great way of propagating plants from your garden.
Look out for seedpods that look as if they’re about to split and cut off the entire seed head.
Collecting seedheads is useful in so many other ways too, save for bird feed, or sunflower seeds can be roasted and salted to munch through many a winter night. Seeds can also be used decoratively, so save some when creating gifts or ornaments for Christmas.

Look out for black spot on your roses
Don’t let Black Spot take over your roses, they really make a rose display look terrible.
If you notice large purple spots on the surface of your rose leaves, it’s probably suffering from black spot. Remove infected leaves and burn.

July Gardening Tips

Creative and imaginative ideas to change rainy day blues in the garden, into a joyful vision of colour, and fun!

Ensure trees or shrubs planted in the last couple of years on lawns or in areas of rough grass have a circle of clear earth around them – this must be kept clear or grass will prevent essential moisture getting through. Mulching with bark or compost will help.

The key to successful planting, whether it be a shrub, tree, perennial or bedding plant is to water in well. Soak the root ball in a bucket until no air bubbles come to the surface, dig the planting hole, fill with water and allow to drain away. Place the plant in the hole, fill with soil, firm gently and water well with a watering can – this will give the plant a huge advantage over one planted with a dry root ball in a dry hole and watered only on the surface.

Hoe beds and borders to get rid of annual weeds, like bitter cress and chickweed. If it’s dry, attack perennial weeds like ground elder and the like with systemic weed killer painted onto the leaves and trail tips of bindweed into jam jars full of the same. Remember systemic weed killers are indiscriminate and will kill anything they contact. If you don’t have time to do this, at least cut the culprits down to prevent them from setting seed.

Pests love warm weather, so be on your guard! Caterpillar and aphid infestations can be dealt with by hand if caught early enough, but should the situation career out of control you will have to resort to insecticides or grin and bear it! Greenfly and blackfly especially love the heat and don’t forget aphids and other sap-sucking insects can transmit viruses so don’t give in to the sympathy vote. Try and attract beneficial insects by growing a wide variety of plants – ladybirds and their larvae are consummate aphid predators, as are lacewings and even wasps.

For recently planted large trees or shrubs, leave a hose trickling around the base for an hour. The same goes for established plants in very dry periods – pay particular attention to camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and hydrangeas which will abort next season’s flowers if they get too dry. Mulch around the roots when moist to help avoid this. Recently planted hedges are best watered with a trickle hose (a length of old hose punctured with little holes) left running for an hour or so.

Water is a precious commodity – instigate good practices such as using kitchen and bath water (as long as it is neither too dirty, greasy nor full of detergent) for watering, collect rainwater in butts (available from the centre) and investigate ways to recycle water for your irrigation. Avoid using tap water for lime-hating plants such as camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas – they will not thank you for it!

Water thoroughly once or twice a week rather than little and often – this encourages plants to put down roots in search of water rather than coming up to the surface. Remember, though, that containers and hanging baskets need watering every day and sometimes even twice a day if it is hot and windy.

Keep your pond topped up with fresh water – a buildup of algae in warm weather can be toxic, if not fatal, for animals.

Unsettled weather continues

Unsettled weather continues to plague our usually fair summers, rain half a day, sudden clearing of skies and a bit of sunshine, before all too soon the clouds gather again. What to do besides fleeing to sunnier climes for a bit of respite! If that is but a dream just now, and the garden is impossible to work in due to soggy lawns and continuing rain, why not turn your attention to creating a wonderful display of potted plants in and around the home and patio. Potted plants are always hungry for watering and the rain is gratefully received by them. Ferns, Begonias, petunias, all thrive with lots of water. Steps become a cascade of colour, window boxes survive better with verdant blossoms spilling over the edges. The riot of colour that the rain, regular flower feed, and snail protection, will produce will cheer the spirits no matter how dreary the skies remain! Be sure to water with a watering can also as when the foliage grows ever more dense, the rainfall cannot penetrate as effectively.

Through all this mucky weather, an afternoon with a cup of tea, a biscuit, and a leisurely perusal of our web site will surely cheer you up and perhaps give inspiration to create a little magic in the garden with our products. Our signature products are the Wind Sculptures and in this weather they really come into their own as they interact with the wind and rain beautifully, dancing, spinning, sparkling through the changing weather conditions.
There is so many fun, colourful items that one can choose from – how about letting the children design a little garden in a corner of the patio, we have the butterflies, dragonflies, all sorts of critters, and gnomes, crystals to hang1 It could make a really fun rainy day project for them and one that would enchant them for years to come!

June gardening tips

Now that summer is here it is important to find time to relax in the garden and enjoy nature’s rich tapestry.

Flowers
• Plant summer bedding

• Plant up window boxes and troughs

• Prune spring flowering shrubs to prevent them      becoming overgrown

• Thin out seedlings of hardy annuals that were sown  directly into the soil

• Sprinkle Rose Plus around Rose plants to encourage  strong growth and a good flower display

• Spray roses with Rose Clear 2 to control pest and  disease if necessary

• Remove suckers from Rose bushes when they are seen

• Support taller annuals and perennials with pea sticks pushed into the soil

• Clip hedges

• Water newly planted shrubs and perennials in dry periods.

Fruit

• Tie new canes of Raspberries and Blackberries onto  wires, keep them separate from last years growth

• Pick Rhubarb regularly and do not allow it to form  flower spikes

• Remove damaged branches from damsons and plums

• Spread nets over soft fruit bushes

• Check fruit cages for tears or damage

• Put straw under Strawberries to protect from slugs.

Vegetables

• Thin out rows of previously sown vegetables allow  them to reach their potential

• Finish harvesting Asparagus

• Keep onions well watered to ensure that the bulbs swell

• Pull up soil around main crop potatoes

• Pinch out tips of broad beans to discourage black fly

•Feed all plants regularly and water in dry periods.

Lawns

• Mow lawns more frequently and reduce the cutting height if the grass is growing quickly

• Water in dry spells provided that there is no hose pipe ban

• Feed tired lawns with Miracle Gro lawn food to give them a boost

• Apply a combined feed and weed if not already done.

Greenhouse

• Use a shade paint or netting on greenhouses to prevent over heating and scorching of tender plants

• Feed all plants at least once a week

• Use a biological control or fumigate if pests are a  problem

• Ensure that there is adequate ventilation

• Continue training and feeding cucumbers and melons

• Pick male flowers from cucumbers and pollinate  female flowers

• Soak the floor morning and evening to keep the  humidity up.

Ponds

• Continue to feed pond fish

• Remove any blanket weed by twirling it around a stick

• Check filters on pumps to ensure they are not blocked.

General Tasks

• Take cuttings of Geraniums, Fuchsias, Coleus and  other house plants

• Watch out for pest and disease in all areas and spray  when necessary

• Stake Herbaceous plants to prevent wind damage.

Plants which are at their best in June

Lupins
Violas
Deutzia
Lavender
Philadelphus varieties
Papaver
Hosta varieties
Hardy Geraniums
Paeonies
Campanula

Gardening tips for May

To get the prefect lawn start mowing weekly as soon as the lawn starts to dry out from the showers. A bit of lawn food spread will really pep up the new growth!

There is still a chance of frost so keep tender plants warm, even though spring fever makes it tempting to want to get those baby plants into the soil use caution, possibility of frost is still very real until May is out.

Keep one step ahead of weeds and hoe weekly. Like everything else wanting to shoot up and grow, weeds want their chance in the sunshine too! Gently hoe and dig the weeds out in the besd and borders before weeds can grow deeper and stronger roots.Plant summer bedding unless you are in very cold areas. This can be started ideally in the second week of May and includes your hanging baskets, window boxes and containers. This is the the planting that defines the profusion of summer colour that will define your garden in the months to come!

Get the hedge into shape with a trim, clean up the lines and boundaries of your garden and the rest of the garden with all the flower colour will be come into sharper focus and create a truly satisfying vision.

There is still time to transplant large trees and shrubs, but it’s time to hurry! You need to get your pruning of evergreens done in April and May, removing all the unsightly wood and don’t forget to start fertilising.

January landscape

The new year has rushed in and already the nights are just that little bit shorter! January is a time to take stock and peruse the gardening magazines from the comfort of an armchair in a cozy sitting room. It is always in Winter that one notices the bones of a garden and how the garden can be improved by chosing plants that offer colourful stems like the popular Dogwood, to contrast with the hushed tones of a winter garden.
Equally, the placement of conifers and the variety from which one can chose, creates balance and order and a pleasing sense of stateliness to any setting. I love the added bonus of seeing snow settled upon the colorful evergreen confirs!
The garden on its own is really a magical place whatever the season, but sometimes Winter can just be too cold and the outdoors too frozen to really feel inspired by it, which is why our products, from our new line of garden jewelery, to our classic Wind Sculptures and Rainbow glass bubbles will bring some well appreciated colour and movement into the still January landscape.

Gifts for Gardeners

The final few days of Christmas shopping and still can’t think of what to get your favourite gardener or garden lover?

We have many lovely gifts to choose from here at Home2Garden and hope you will take time to peruse what we have to offer! The Autumn has been surprisingly dry this year and even though one does not think of watering container grown patio plants and flowers so often in the winter, it should be done regularly. We have a good collection of watering cans both whimsical and traditional. The traditional watering cans are of a cheery design which will please the eye as soon as it is unwrapped and perhaps encourage a little bit of pottering about with it on a grey winter’s day!

The sound of a water feature cascading or burbling in the garden is sorely missed during the winter with the windows shut and perhaps the water pump switched off until warmer days. Why not bring the happy, soothing sound of a water into your home or as a gift to others with our indoor water fountains. They are so simple to set up, and instantly transform a small corner, window sill, or desk top. I honestly find the indoor water fountains are the easiest way to cheer up any environment. A wonderful gift too for someone who is housebound or feeling under the weather!

A brand new product we have added to the website are the gorgeous Sun Discs and Friendship Balls that we have imported from Vermont in the USA. The glass is blown by a Master glass blower at the Little River Hotglass Studios and his pieces are renowned for the exquisite jewel like colours, and high quality workmanship. A unique and thoughtful gift to hang in the window or outdoors, both places where it will catch the light and illuminate the rich swirls of colour in the glass!

I hope we have whetted your appetite to explore our website and find amongst all the imaginative and unusual products, something you or your friends and loved ones will be happy to find under the Christmas tree this year!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Home2Garden!