August can be a busy time in the garden, but one of my greatest pleasures this month is taking time to sit back, relax and simply enjoy being in it.
I was sitting outside the other day, sipping a cup of tea, when it struck me just how much our gardens are becoming ‘outdoor rooms’, as we give them that extra touch of interest and style with solar lights, garden decorations and water features.
We’ve led the way with these on QVC, offering some of the latest technology lights and state of the art decorations – many of which are launched on our garden shows prior to them becoming available elsewhere.
One of our biggest successes has been the amazing Bernini fountains. Now thanks to them, anyone can enjoy the sound, movement and magic of water, without the worry or hassle of wiring, plumbing or the vagaries of solar power. This year, they launched their biggest and grandest fountain, called Volterra, with four tiers of cascading water! It’s powered by a re-chargeable battery , includes LED lights (so it looks and sounds magical, day and night) and even has a remote control so you can operate it from the comfort of your chair!
Another exciting ‘first’ for us on QVC gardening this year is the Plow & Hearth Multi-Coloured Confetti garden wind spinner. It’s a real showstopper, standing an imposing 6ft tall and featuring two plates decorated with beautiful multi-coloured circles (that look as though they’ve been made from peacock feathers) which rotate in opposite directions to create a fusion of dancing colours. Whether they’re positioned in a border, in the middle of the lawn, or against a green hedge, the spinners can transform the look of any garden and add a touch of designer style.
Another of our best sellers this year have been Smart Solar‘s range of decorative solar features. One of the top favourites are the pair of metallic hens made in a filigree design, so they are much admired during the day. At night, they light up (they’re solar powered!) and look stunning. They’re a fun feature for any garden, and the kids in particular absolutely love them!
But I can’t spend all my time sitting in the garden as there’s lots to do. My tomatoes are cropping really well (thanks to three times a week feeding with Flower Power), the dahlias are blooming beautifully (and providing bunches of fabulous cut flowers), the summer pots need lots of watering and feeding, and my trial plants need constant attention.
I’ve just launched my new diary for 2017 and that includes a list of jobs for every month. I’ve just been reading the jobs for August and realised I’ve only done three of them so far this month in my own garden. So perhaps, I won’t be sitting back and enjoying it quite as much as I had planned. I’ll be far too busy for that!