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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Winter Blooms

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Brrrrrr … twas freezing today.
The coldness of the soil was seeping through my wellies.
It’s almost time to bed down for winter.
But there’s still signs of summer in the Tidy garden to warm my cockles.
Brightest of all is the Calendula, still going strong despite the frosts.
Pretty in pink, Erodium ‘Roseum’. I picked up several (ahem!) of these for £1.50 a pot & they’ve spread so well. Great for filling a bare patch, subtle, delicate & beautiful.

I’m not sure what rose this is, it’s been moved around the garden so many times.
But it’s clearly happy now.
And ‘Happy’ is the general feeling in the Tidy Garden at the mo’.
Regular stalkers followers (and Mr TG) will know that I’m a bit of a fidget in the garden, always redesigning, moving, plotting n’ planning.
Huge excitement & changes are afoot and all will be revealed soon. All I can say is ‘greenhouse’…… DARN! I’ve said too much!!!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

One of Those Days…


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Another one of those days, working in a garden, that I didn’t want to end.
Good times.

Friday, 1 November 2013

The Garden Lamp Company Welly Rack - Product Review

I was recently contacted by the good folk at the Garden Lamp Post Company and asked if I would be be interested in carrying out a product test & write a review on one of their wrought iron Welly Racks.
There are 4 options to choose from, 2 floor standing varieties (holds 3 or 6 pairs of wellies) & 2 wall mounted (again, holds 3 or 6 pairs of wellies).
I have tested the wall mounted / 3 pairs option £109.99
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I’ll be honest, when I found out the price of the welly rack I did wince a bit … £109.99 is a lot of money, but that was before it arrived.
As you can see, the packaging was more than adequate - corrugated cardboard, stiff cardboard & bubble-wrap. It was at this stage that Mr TG exclaimed that we’d have to move to accommodate such a posh looking welly rack and then spent several hours walking around the house pondering the perfect location where visitors would be able to ‘ooooh’ n ‘arrrrr’ at its beauty.
Alas, moving was not an option (and to my mind a tad extreme) but I would certainly agree that its final destination does not give it justice. It is worthy of somewhere far more glamorous than our garage, if you have such a space.
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So here it is ‘in-situ’, putting the rest of the garage contents to shame.
Height: 1.3m
Width: 21cm
Closed Depth: 4cm
Open Depth: 20cm
Weight: 5.5kg
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It’s made of solid wrought iron & has 6 beautifully twisted legs, each capped with a smooth, ceramic ball to protect your wellies from being damaged on sharp edges and eyeballs from being poked out!
When not in use the legs can be folded flat against the wall (held by the hinges that I’ve left diagonally for you to see). The hinges are simply turned slightly & the legs fall forward for you to pop your wellies on to.
It is more like a piece of furniture, heavyweight, sturdy and certainly looks & feels like a quality piece of craftsmanship.
It can be fitted both indoors & outside and unlike our old welly rack….
(Cough!) An old freezer drawer tied to the garage door (Cough!)
…looks a lot ‘posher’ & our wellies should air & dry faster.
It would make a great gift, something I’d never thought of before, and I can think of a couple of family members who’d appreciate & definitely be able to make good use of such a neat idea. Maybe a Christmas or wedding present for a couple…..hmmmmmm?
Mr TG’s over the moon with it and still thinks it should have pride of place in the the house next to photos of the children, but for now it’s in our humble garage getting a daily dusting just before the wellies are buffed.
My only criticism would be the lack of wall fixings, I think buyers might be disappointed not to find wall fixings enclosed with the packaging. But, in their defence, Richard at the The Garden Lamp Company did respond by saying it was difficult for them to predict what type of wall it would be fixed to so, as a rule, they didn’t enclose fixings. However, he said that if fixings were requested then they would supply them once they knew the details of the material of the surface it was to be mounted on and if there were any issues with the depth of the surface.
Personally I think most folk would attach the welly rack to a brick wall as it’s quite heavy, so maybe such wall-fixings should be provided as standard.
That said, 1 email & 24hrs later & fixing’s arrived.
So in summary, what do I think?
Well I love it…simples! Yes, it’s expensive but with most things you get what you pay for. It’s definitely smart enough to be hung indoors if you can. I’d have been more than grateful if I’d been given it as a present and the quality is second to none. Chuck in the wall-fixings as standard & I’d say perfect.
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