painted bistro chairs

Garden furniture

In an earlier post, I mentioned Brackenwood Garden Centre which is stuffed full of beautiful plants and their associated gubbins. While it has a cafe, that’s not really the main draw, and if you are looking for a non-plant gift then look elsewhere. However, at the opposite end of the scale, if you are after 90% gift shop/10% plants, then one that I can really recommend is Burford Garden Centre, and it was here that I first laid eyes on the beautiful Fermob bistro chairs (although they don’t seem to sell them anymore, at least according to the website).

fermob bistro chairs

These are classics, and it was love at first sight, until I saw the price tag which made them out of reach for me.

So, imagine my excitement when I saw a similar set in my secret favourite place – Argos! Yes, it was all white, and probably not as well made but at just £50for 4 chairs plus a table, how could I say no.

argos patio set

A bit of paint later*, and a not-dissimilar set at a fraction of the price. Yippee

painted bistro chairs

I just used paint that we had hanging about in the shed but I would like to respray one of the grey ones yellow, and do the table as well.

*plus approx 2 years procrastination…

popcorn hydrangea

Popcorn hydrangea

Silly name, beautiful plant.  As soon as I spotted this plant in the entrance to Brackenwood garden centre, I knew it had to be mine. I’ve had this now for over a year and it’s still alive which is pretty much a record, and I even think it’s grown a bit.

popcorn hydrangea

I like the shape of the flowers but the green/blue/purple colour of their buds is what I really love about this plant.

popcorn hydrangea

As everyone knows though, hydrangeas change colour according to ph level of the soil so mine is already turning pink.

popcorn hydrangea pink

I read somewhere that you can add certain things to the soil to make it stay blue so when I re-pot it, that’s what I’ll do.