Our tips on caring for your garden and finding your inner calm

Caring for your garden can be a great form of mindfulness.

By connecting with the earth and having a physical connection with the soil it can provide real benefits for your physical and mental health. During the lockdown we believe that it is more important than ever to find your inner calm and look after yourself, so we have put together some tips and advice to help you enjoy your garden even more.

Turn off your phone and breathe

It’s easy to get distracted, especially if a task doesn’t give you instant results. Stop the distractions and make sure your phone is switched off and out of sight. Scientists have found that spending just two hours a week in nature is linked to better health and wellbeing so give yourself the time to truly immerse yourself in your garden. Focus on your breathing and body and listen to the surroundings. While away these lazy days in a comfortable seating spot and listen to nature. Birdsong positively impacts on our overall levels of wellbeing, and time spent listening to the natural world has proven to have a direct impact on how we feel. Feeding birds will attract them to your garden so hang some feed close by to your quiet seating area.

Follow your instinct and don’t look at the clock

If something feels right just go for it. In the pursuit of mindfulness there is no need to overly think. Let your instincts take over – listen to yourself and what feels right. It’s your garden – enjoy it however you want – there is no right or wrong.

Focus on the task in hand

Give your gardening time your whole attention. A lot of gardening is ‘mindless’ work – like weeding a bed and cutting the grass, but there is so much mental value in making a mindless task mindful. Don’t think about your worries, focus on the task in hand – the way the weeds feel in your fingers, the smell of the freshly cut grass and the sound of birdsong and nature. Remember to reward your hard work – preparing meals in the garden is a great way to relax at the end of a busy day.

Get creative

Creativity is used across the world in countless ways to improve morale, spread joy and improve wellbeing. Gardening nurtures creativity. Planning what plants to put in a border, arranging pots or digging a new bed all boosts creativity and in turn will boost your mood.

Clear up any negativity and get weeding

Clearing away the weeds is a great way to pull out the stresses in your life. Remove negative thoughts from your mind by letting go and tossing away unwanted weeds. The more you pull the lighter you will feel, it’s pure catharsis!

WHERE TO BUY

Glasswells has hundreds of quality outdoor products that will bring your garden to life and is now offering local one-man delivery so you can feel safe in the knowledge your delivery is in safe hands.

But how can you get some new plants to brighten up your garden?  Well thanks to the ingenuity of many garden centres they now have new fully-illustrated, online ordering with many operating a home delivery service. To help find the right one for you the Royal Horticultural Society has a special section on where to buy plants in lockdown

Buying: mail order plants

Help and advice

If you are new to gardening or need some tips of what to plant where, there are a multitude of advice pages online from newspapers, such as The Telegraph that has just introduced a new Telegraph gardening newsletter:
https://secure.telegraph.co.uk/secure/newsletter/gardening/

They are also offering some comprehensive gardening tips:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/problem-solving/how-to-sow-seeds-outdoors-beginners-grow-vegetables-tips/

 

Happy gardening from all of us at Glasswells! Stay safe and stay at home.


Scandic Lounge Set With Footstool & Axel Coffee Table

5 top tips to transform your outdoor space

Just a little bit of love and attention can transform a dull outdoor area, be it a garden, courtyard or balcony, into a welcoming and cosy spot. Whether you’re planning a total renovation or just a refresh, you’ll find plenty of inspiration below.

One – Tidy Up

Sweep away the winter debris and wash down patios and decking for an instant refresh. By keeping these areas looking spotless and free from algae and moss, you are creating an inviting space to enjoy. Invest in garden storage so at the end of the day it is easy to clear away any clutter from children and pets!

Two – Cut The Grass And Plant Some Pots

Cutting the grass or tending to your containers will give your garden a speedy  transformation. Now is the time to seed any bald patches in your lawn and scatter some feed for super lush grass all summer long. Adding a few pots to your outdoor area can add a focal point, drawing the eye away from any untidy beds and injecting a splash of colour to even the smallest courtyard. By adding tall planters to a dining area, it puts the contents at seated eye level. The Sophie Conran gardening collection is perfect for beginners.

Three – Create a sheltered seating area

Consider where the sun sets and create a space that you can relax in when all your garden chores are complete. Scatter some cushions and bring out a few blankets that will help you stay warm when the temperature drops – it’s almost like making another outdoor room! For a really cosy feeling why not invest in a fire pit? Stack up logs in neat piles for an attractive backdrop.

Four – Create mood lighting

When the sun goes down, get cosy outdoors. With clever lighting there really is no need to retreat indoors at the end of the day. Solar lights are an instant way to light up your garden. These clever devices don’t need power sockets and will keep your energy bills low. Offering great illumination, they are a hassle-free way to set the atmosphere. Add festoon lights up high for a party atmosphere or scatter lanterns around your lawn area for a beautiful evening glow. Lights are also a great way of highlighting an attractive area of your garden that you want to show off!

Five – Dress the table for Al Fresco dining

Create the wow factor at supper time by dressing your table to impress. Reuse glass bottles and fill them with garden foliage and wildflowers. Create ambience by adding a mix of pillar candles and tea lights in jam jars across the table. A neutral palette with natural shades of white, cream and green, will give you an effortless, on-trend look. Natural coloured linen and crockery helps create a setting that will accentuate your outdoor surroundings.

Glasswells has hundreds of garden products to inspire you this summer. Whether you need bistro sets, a parasol with base, or a full outdoor dining set we have something for you!

Click here to view the full range today.


Garden Furniture for Spring and Summer 2019

Spring Break – or the Easter Holiday - is the most popular time for buying garden furniture, and this year the choices are modern, vibrant and exciting. Whatever the size of your home, the garden becomes a sanctuary when the sun is out.

This year's statement ‘must-haves’ are loungers, outdoor lighting, outdoor throws and rugs, which are a simple and affordable way to transform your outdoor space in an instant.

Social events in the garden

Social gatherings will go on into the night if you have good outdoor lighting. The Garden Stake collection is a low-cost investment that's easily installed, while the LED bulbs will work all year with no fuss or hassle. The Searchlight range has a style for every type of garden, from the minimalist silver LED lamp-post, to the traditional Pompeii brown stone wall lights with characterful leaded-light style glass windows.

In commercial settings, good outdoor lighting is a health and safety legal requirement, but that’s no reason for it to be dull or boring. Even the PIR lights - wall-mounted and post style – are stylish and ornamental, which is a great for customers.

Garden Loungers with style

Turn your urban garden into a great place to sit and relax with a modern lounger.

Traditional sunbeds have been replaced with luxury outdoor seating that has as much architectural style as your indoor sofa. Throw open the patio doors and use the garden as an extension to your living room, by reflecting or replicating the interior design with the shape and colour of your garden lounger, chairs and tables.

In the past, garden seating used to be limited to a choice of brown shades, but now you can recline on the outdoor seat of your choice, such as our purple circular outdoor rocking chair, or a Carnaby faux rattan, egg shaped chair in lime green or stately grey.  Another bonus is that these are also foldable, so you can keep spare chairs safely tucked away in the garage or shed for when visitors arrive.

Accessorise your Garden

This year, it’s the garden accessories that are setting the trend. Get a garden throw with a geometric pattern or a vibrant splash of colour that will turn the boring brown decking into a fashionable outdoor room. It’s a low-cost addition to any size of garden that just can’t fail. No matter how green your fingers, or how many flowering shrubs you have, it's so easy to add colour to the patio area with a garden throw.

BBQ Heaven

When did you last replace your family BBQ? It could be time to invest in one of the new Napoleon range space-age BBQs which will instantly extend the recipes that are possible to cook in the garden. Braze, broil, roast, grill, stir-fry, pan-fry, and griddle… Don’t settle for anything less until you have tried out one of these essential summer purchases. No more flicking lighters and smelly fire lighter fluid, these beauties start on the gentle push of a button!