Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Lightweight balustrade for weddings and events

A baluster or spindle, historically made from turned wood, when placed side by side in a line forms a balustrade.  The balustrade will usually have coping stones or a handrail on top. The word banister is used to describe a balustrade forming a stairway.

A balustrade set against a beautiful landscape of established trees implies a grand country estate and this is an ideal backdrop for weddings and events.  What if you don't have access to a grand country estate?  Bring your own balustrade!

This balustrade and associated pillar is made from lightweight, tough and durable white polyethylene. Why not add some planters on pedestals to complete the effect.

For a more subtle effect there are pillar and chain combinations.

Call for further details:  www.plantcontainershop.com



Lightweight polyethylene balustrade

Lightweight polyethylene balustrade
Lightweight polyethylene pedestal


Lightweight polyethylene pedestal

Lightweight polyethylene planter on pedestal

Lightweight polyethylene pillars with chains

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Planters made from 80% recycled material.

The typical office planter has a very long life.   One office that we maintained plants in had the same glassfibre planters for over 25 years! They were almost as good as new after all that time. At the end of their office career they are put out to pasture, or put out in to the garden at least. We have often been asked whether the planters are being disposed of and whether staff can have one or two for home use. I am pleased to know that they can have an extended life of 40 years or more.   

Recycling glassfibre is not as easy as recycling other materials although it is possible as this earlier post shows: http://allaboutplantsandplanters.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/any-colour-you-like-as-long-as-its-green.html

Planters made of other plastics can be readily recycled and you can now buy planters that are actually made from 80% recycled materials. The recycled material comes from consumer products such as computer casings made from ABS plastic.

These come in the full RAL colour range and a number of Pantone colours.   The following styles are available: tall tapered round, tall square, tall tapered square, smaller tapered square and cube type squares.




Recycled planters: tall square


Recycled planters: tall tapered round



Recycled planters: tall tapered square



Planters made from 80% recycled material



Friday, 4 November 2016

Giant flower pots down in price since Brexit!

..although that is just a coincidence.   A new supplier is offering a giant flower pot made in exactly the same way as the other manufacturers but this pot is at a greatly reduced price.   Offered in matt white, mid-grey, green, purple and brown with the illuminated version in 'ice' or translucent.  As of November 2016 the 1100x940 pot is £335.00 + vat and delivery and the 1100x940 illuminated version is £435.00 + vat and delivery.  RGB led and rechargeable versions available at extra cost.


Giant flower pots

Monday, 23 May 2016

Chelsea's top gardeners turn to rock for inspiration.

The title is one of my favourite phrases at the moment.  My second favourite from Welsh garden designer Dan Bristow is "I generally work in back gardens in London which are terrace houses, so it doesn't lend itself to putting in two-ton or five-ton boulders in, but I would love to."

This is where I come in.   I suppose the artificial boulder in the image below would be around 2 tons if it were real.



 Take a look at artificial rocks and boulders here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/artificialrocks/

artificialrocks.co.uk


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Artificial polished pebbles

If you have around £80 and are happy to wait a few weeks you can buy a stone polishing starter kit and polish up some pebbles.   A little research will be need from websites such as www.gemrock.net. 

You can cheat a bit and buy polished pebbles on eBay.   These will have a semi-polished appearance and will have nicks and dents.   For a super shiny finish you can buy glass pebbles in various colours. 
  
For portable display use or if there are weight or loading restrictions you can consider artificial pebbles.   Made of polyethylene, these are so lifelike as to be indistinguishable from the real thing.   There are advantages with artificial stones such as consistency of shape, colour and supply and the weight is around half when compared to the same volume or coverage of real pebbles.   The man-made pebbles can easily be drilled should you need to attach anything to them.   

Eight 3Kg packs will fully cover 1 square metre and five 3Kg packs will lightly cover the same area if spread over a suitable material, for example black pebbles on a black surface

Available in 3Kg packs (minimum 10 packs) you can buy these from artificialrocks.co.uk.

Real polished pebbles



Artificial polished pebbles





Artificial polished pebbles in grey





Artificial polished pebbles in white

Friday, 18 December 2015

Maintenance free Versailles style planters

The original orange tree planters at the Palace of Versailles and indeed their current replacements, had removable side panels to allow for root pruning.  Most planters sold for general garden use don't have removable panels but then again most householders won't be undertaking root pruning.

Trees planted in suitable containers can last up to 20 years.   The roots will probably have filled the container after that time and replacement plants will be necessary.   For the 20 or so years before that you can enjoy just looking at the planters you have chosen.  You won't even have to paint them if you choose the right material.   The glassfibre Versailles style planters below will outlast the trees planted in them and indeed will outlast the next batch of trees.   Possibly even the batch after that!


http://www.plantcontainershop.com/versailles-style-plant-container.html



Glassfibre (GRP) Versailles planter



Friday, 27 November 2015

Pop up Christmas trees

Who hasn't admired a very tall Christmas tree bedecked with tiny white lights outside an office, in a retail park or even outside someone's home.  It can take at least a couple of months planning to arrange such a display.   One Christmas tree grower I knew wouldn't even pick up the phone come December.  

Securing large Christmas trees can be a chore.  It may look great on the chilly, still day that you install it but if the weather changes and north winds doth blow then you doth have to go out and fix that tree that doth blow over.   Arranging the lights on the tree so they appear neat and crisp and even is time consuming.  There is always a gap where a branch to hang the lights on should be.   Don't get me started on the subject of the old strings of tungsten lamps!   One lamp doth blow and the whole of that string wouldn't light up.   Fortunately the old style lamps have been superseded by leds.   The first led strings had too much of a blue tint to my liking but other colours including warm white were soon added.

Some fortunate householders will have a lovely tall pointy shaped conifer in their garden and these are ideal for turning in to a Christmas display by covering it with lights.   Cover it you must as it looks a little sad when you try to stretch a 40 string set around an 8ft tall evergreen.   One neighbour covers their tree with plenty of lights but uses the same old extension wire that is around 3ft too short.  Four or five led lights are always draped along the ground as the cable is stretched to the nearest power outlet.

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology it is now possible to have a Christmas tree display up to 30ft tall without an actual tree.   Fairy bells pop up Christmas trees are here to save the day!   These are simply strings of leds held in position with securing straps and attached to a fibreglass stem.   Fairy bells are quick to install and take up little room when stored.   See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxko4TTBlfk




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