It’s a cliche. But Christmas really has come around fast. Doesn’t seem like five minutes since the last one. Maybe because my family and I moved house in the summer, the year has just flown by. Too much to do and not enough time to do it seems to be my mantra at the moment. So, when it comes to Christmas presents, I’m not one of those that leaves it until Christmas Eve for a mad dash around the shops. Nor am I super organised with all my shopping done, wrapped and ready for the big day by the start of November. Nope, end of November and I’ll make a start, with the bulk of my shopping done online these days.
It is a big part of this blog, we like to look ahead, try and forecast what myself and the Lazy Susan team think will be the hot trends in the garden industry. We don’t always get things right, but I like to think that these articles will inspire somebody. Help them decide on their next piece of garden furniture. Plus our minds are always in that headspace. We are always working on new product development, looking to fine tune our collection, identify gaps, and most importantly predicting (at least trying our best) what the market want in 2 or 3 summers time.
Last month we looked at the importance of cleaning and maintenance of patio furniture come the end of summer. Getting it ready to put away safe and secure for the winter, and making sure it’ll be ready to use next year. I wanted to take that a step further. We touched on protecting your patio furniture but I wanted to follow up with a few more helpful tips. Provide a little more of our wisdom when it comes to ways to protect patio furniture over the next 6 months or so. 2018 feels like we pretty much skipped autumn to be honest with you. Gone straight from summer to winter. Last week we were up around the 16° mark, as I sit and type this article it has plummeted to below 5°.
As Paul Weller once sang in The Style Council “the long hot summer just passed me by”. It certainly feels like a distant memory as I sit and type this article. The temperature has dropped and the weather forecast is filled with warnings of 14 day storms and 80mph winds. The start of Autumn may be upon us, however, one thing that does feel a little different, is that we’ve actually had a summer this year. A long hot summer at that I may add. A prolonged period of rain-free sunshine. And with all that great weather, it feels to me like there’s been something of a shift in our relationship with our outdoor furniture.
The end of summer is the time to think about any garden furniture maintenance you need to do. Give it a good clean, make any necessary repairs now, and it’ll be ready to use next year. Put it off, and you could find when you come to use it next summer that a minor repair has become a major problem. Garden furniture can suffer badly from the cold and wet. Even furniture designed to stand up to the elements such as ours can end up covered in dirt over the autumn/winter months. There’s temptation just to leave it until next summer…
Our garden side tables are probably the most versatile piece of furniture we have in our collection. Pair them with seating to create a relaxed informal bistro style setting, perfect for an evening G&T or Sunday morning cup of coffee. Utilise them as an ancillary to a larger table to free up space on the main table. Place them alongside you BBQ as a chef’s table. They’re a multi-functional solution that will give you a little bit of extra table space. I feel like I’ve written this before. A touch of bloggers déjà vu if you like. But it’s important you don’t just leave the layout of your patio to chance. Don’t just buy random pieces and hope they’ll fit and flow. By adopting a few simple design principles, you can create a space that not only looks good, but functions.
According to Amazon.co.uk a quarter of us Brits see our patios as the perfect place for a garden party, while 60% of us have tried to spend more time improving our outdoor space rather than the inside of their homes this summer. With the recent spell of great weather, I bet we’ve all turned our attentions to our outdoor spaces in one way or another. For me, a new BBQ was long overdue, so I upgraded to a Weber Summit® Charcoal Grill. I’ve always wanted one but I was put off by the price. My only regret is I didn’t purchase it sooner. Incredible! Over the last couple of months, we’ve all pulled the patio furniture out of the garage, wiped down the garden table, and fired up our BBQ’s.
Not only have the temperatures been high this summer but they’re also rising on our high streets and in our online stores. The summer sales are currently in full swing. Nothing beats the feeling of grabbing a bargain. Especially when said item initially had a big ticket and was out of reach. If you can get that new garden furniture set you’ve had your eye on at a discount, then happy days. But don’t fall into the trap of buying something just because it has that tempting reduced tag. Here’s a few tips, so you can get the most out of the summer sales.