Product Focus – Fairy Doors & Toadstools

The world of Fantasy can provide an escape from the real world; often in the form of films, books and video games, but sometimes you just need that realistic touch in your own back garden. We wanted to take the time to show you how much we love our Fairy Garden accessories and why you should too.   Quality – Expertly sculpted to a high aesthetic standard and lovingly hand finished, our range of Fairy Doors and Toadstools create instant magical vibes wherever you choose to create a fairy garden.  The whole collection is made from quality resin which is suitable for outdoor and indoor use. They are frost and weather resistant so you needn’t worry about leaving the fairies homeless over the winter months; after all, that’s when they need them the most!   Imagination – Great for children and adults alike, creating your very own fairy garden is a fun activity to do with the family. We have a wide selection of different sized doors and toadstools in varying colours to create your own individual display which can be added to and swapped around. All of our Mushrooms and Doors are available as different sets so there are lots of options to choose from. For the more creative person, it may inspire you to have miniature plants and make little pebble paths; the possibilities are literally endless. To view our whole range click here.     We all need a little magic in our lives.   Thanks for reading, love Monty...

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Summer Holiday Fun Garden Ideas

Well it’s that time of year with hopefully warm long days of the summer holidays stretching ahead for several weeks, with lots of time to fill with the Children. I have put together some ideas to help you out over the next few weeks with things to do in the garden that the kids will love. It’s a perfect time to get your Children outside, moving about and enjoying the fresh air that the garden has.   Well I think the summer holidays are a great time to get your Children interested in the garden and an easy and fun way to do this is to get them to help you water during hot, dry days. Children love playing with water and grownups can often find watering the garden boring, so why not make watering fun by perhaps using water pistols or our fun & bright range of Watering Cans. They might not always water everything, but it’s got to help you out and you might just have some fun playing with them at the same time too. A popular way to encourage Children outside is to create a secret and fun world for them to explore. We all have a dull or boring corner of the garden, or perhaps a tree with nothing growing under it, so why not create a Fairy Garden. It’s easy to do with our fairy garden sets, or even to create your own. Simply add a door, perhaps some coloured mushrooms and maybe even some fairies to give some interest to a dull area and some fun that Children can use their imagination to bring the garden to life. Even grownups believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden, so why won’t Children, they just need you to encourage them. Add a Bird House or Bird Feeder to the garden to help encourage our feathered friends to your garden and give your Children something to look out for when they are outside or even watching the birds through the windows indoors. You can add a bird house to a wall, shed or perhaps a fence or post, you can also hang a bird house in a tree or from a hook in the garden. I would recommend placing the bird house out of the reach of cats and if it’s hanging perhaps somewhere where it’s not going to catch too much wind. Plus once a year just make sure you give it a clean out, more so if the birds have used it but of course make sure there are no birds in it first. Another great idea for something for the...

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Monty’s Top Ideas from the Hampton Court Flower Show

Monty visited RHS Hampton Court Flower show not only for a nice day out but also to bring you some fab ideas for your own garden, so if you couldn’t get along to the show then have a read of his favourite ideas to inspire your own garden. It was a hot show this year and I delayed my visit to the Thursday as Wednesday was the hottest day on record in the UK. I love being outside but that’s a little hot for a little old Gnome like me. Hampton Court is a wonderful show, it celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary this year, I find there is much more room than Chelsea, plus the show feels more relaxed too. The whole site was filled with colour, amazing gardens, wonderful plant displays and plenty to buy too, plus I must not forget all the lovely people that I met throughout the day.   I loved this ‘Bug Hotel’, it seemed to be a common sight around the show as everyone has become interested in helping bugs & nature in the garden. These bug houses could easily be recreated in your own garden from old wood, broken pots or anything that you can pile together to create little spaces for bugs to hide out in the Winter.   Hampton Court is the perfect time of year for many flowers, it’s much easier for the Nurseries and Growers to display plants at this show rather than forcing them for Chelsea. I fell in love with the Dahlia Society stand and these two amazing Dahlia flowers. They are pretty easy to grow & with regular dead heading and feeding over the summer you will have months worth of flowers to enjoy.   Yellow is the new colour for your garden! I spotted a few yellow hints at Chelsea this year but here at Hampton there was lots of yellow. It’s nice to see as yellow plants seems to fall out of favour for a few years, but now they are back and added some much need colour to gardens. What do you think, do you have lots of yellow in the garden and will you be adding some?   Hollyhocks, OK no surprise with this plant for many I am sure but they seem to have crept back in to favour as there was a whole stand full of these in the Floral Pavillion. There are lots of new colours available now from white through to almost black flowers. These are one of the easiest plants to grow, they will also happily self seed around the garden so a real must have. (I...

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Monty’s NEW Arrivals

We’re always very excited about adding new products to our line; from the moment they arrive and pass Monty’s (very, very rigorous) quality checks, to naming all of the characters and revealing them to our customers. We love our older things too but it’s important for us to offer something new once in a while, keeping things fresh. Summer is here, meaning we’ll all be spending more time in our beautiful gardens, so we’ve hand picked a few of our favourite new additions to show you that we think you’ll love. Click on any of the pictures to go through to the product page and find out more.           From Traditional to Contemporary we pride ourselves in having a diverse range that has something for everybody. To see our whole range of new products click here.   Hope you see something you like.   Love Monty...

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Top Fathers Day Gifts

Some would argue that Fathers day is a bit more difficult than Mothers day in terms of finding the right gift, but all you need to do is think outside the box a little. We’ve got lots of Great ideas for your garden loving dad so take a look at our top 5 and click here to see the full range.   Our Bulldog Bottle Opener is one of our most popular items as it’s a fun, unique gift for the bottled beer drinker – £5.95   These Camper Van Wind Spinners are a must for any VW fans! They will add such a charm with their spinning wheels and aesthetic look – £38.66 each   Who doesn’t need Roger The Crocodile in their garden? This lovable fellow will sit pretty and keep away any intruders – £27.95   We absolutely love this Cast Iron Lizard Bell. It’s charming design with it’s antique finish will bring a sense of unique fun to any garden – £18.95     Every gardening dad needs a good Watering Can and these galvanized steel Vintage style designs are very popular at the moment. Available in small and large – £16.95 & £22.95 respectively.   Thanks for reading. Monty and the gardens2you team...

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Gnome Rights Act 2015

The Gnome Rights Act 1798 came into force in the United Kingdom in May 1800. It is composed of a series of sections that have the effect of codifying the protections in the European Convention on Gnome Rights into Magical law. All public bodies (such as gnome courts, gnome councils, gnome healing houses, learning sheds, and gnomes of the law) and other bodies carrying out public functions have to comply with the Convention rights. This means, among other things, that individuals can take gnome rights cases in garden courts; they no longer have to go to Bern in Switzerland to argue their case in the European Court of Gnome Rights. The Act sets out the fundamental rights and freedoms that Gnomes in the UK have access to. They include: Right to gnome life and occupation of choosing Freedom from torture by humans, rival gnomes and goblins Freedom from degrading treatment by dogs and other pets Right to live in a secure and safe garden Right to a fair gnome trial Freedom of thought, belief and gnome religion Freedom of gnome expression Right to marry and have gnomelings Protection from discrimination in respect of size, beard length or bad paint jobs Right to peaceful enjoyment of gardens, public and private Right to gnome education Right to participate in gnome elections As proud cohabitors with humans, thank you for reading. Love Monty and friends...

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