At The Orchard we are always keen to stock and work with British designed or manufactured goods and suppliers. We were therefore thrilled to be introduced to a great, small, British, family business who both design and manufacture all their work here in England.
They have inspired us to establish a new Best Of British category on The Orchard which we are working on right now and to get the ball rolling we’d like to introduce you to our first brand, Poppy Forge.
Designed and made in the Great Britain, Poppy Forge is a family run business that has been manufacturing high quality hand made garden products for over 25 years.
They have built up an excellent name in the industry not only for British-made quality but also expertise and value for money. They specialise in solid steel constructed items and work closely with the Clematis Society developing arches, climbers and gazebos, as well as working alongside the renowned David Austin Roses, who use many of their products to display their roses at their best.
Poppy Forge pride themselves in not using automated machinery to produce any of their ranges as they are all bent and fabricated by hand and individually welded. Pure polyester black antique powder coating over iron phosphate is used to ensure the quality of these items is above the rest.
The emphasis of Poppy Forges work is always on quality of workmanship, detail and finish. Every hammer blow will leave its mark and this unique texture gives the work life.
Blacksmithing is a craft that has been practiced for thousands of years. These artisans sought to show their skill with hammer and hand by producing decorative but functional items. The decoration of these practical items and indeed where the decoration becomes part of the items structure and function were proof of the blacksmiths skill and ingenuity of making and design.
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And just as we hit September and brace ourselves for the cooler Autumn…we get a mini heatwave! I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the British Seasons…they change every year!
We need to make the most of this unseasonal weather and eke out the last few weeks of garden time – and what better way to do that than with some new garden accessories. If you’ve been busy all Summer, now is the time to create a lovely outdoor space for some September al fresco dining, late Summer barbeque’s, or simply basking in the sunshine (a matter of weeks before Halloween!).
Shabby chic and replica antique garden accessories are still bang on trend for this season and there’s still plenty of demand for quirky pieces and vintage items. Fans of vintage furniture and accessories for inside their homes are looking to replicate the look on the outside too.
A vintage garden is actually quite easy to achieve. You are allowed to mismatch, clash and have stuff that looks loved – there’s no uniformity or palette matching here! We all know that traditional garden furniture can be a bit boring, so a vintage garden is a refreshing change.
If you are looking for garden accessories, then take a look at The Orchard’s website – a vintage inspired homeware and gift online boutique – and see what vintage treasures you can find for your garden.
As we near the end of the British Summer, we are all hoping for a last-minute Indian Summer affair – I mean, we deserve it don’t we after all this rain! And, as the summer draws to a close, so to does the manic main wedding season…but we’re hoping to get a few more last-minute al fresco weddings should our Indian Summer wish come true!
If you are holding your wedding reception outdoors, look for shabby chic furniture and garden accessories for a vintage touch to your special day. Outdoor garden accessories with a vintage feel are increasing in popularity – and are perfect for quaint and intimate wedding receptions being held at home and in the garden.
Recreating a shabby chic style for your wedding probably means that your home is designed in the same way – so extending it out to your garden is a natural progression. After the wedding, you will be able to keep the accessories in your garden – or bring them out in Summertime – which will be a lovely reminder of your wedding and will keep your garden looking beautiful too.
If you’re after inspiration, look out for sweetheart benches with carved hearts that guests can sit on for either the ceremony or the reception. You can also place some shabby chic floral deckchairs around the seating area for an informal seating plan.
One very simple way to add even more shabby chic to your garden affair is to make the most of garden lighting. By placing pretty mismatched tea light holders on tables and on the ground and on walls, you can create a lovely feel of gentle light on your big day.
So, if you are a bride hoping for some late sunshine for your garden wedding, we wish you luck and and crossing our fingers along with you!
Imagining our lives without a hint of sunshine just isn’t plausible – just one unexpected sunny day out of season can bring a smile to your face and make the whole world seem a little brighter! When you open up the door to the garden on a lovely day, there’s just nothing quite like it…just make sure that your garden decoration doesn’t let you down. Whether is it your brightly painted shed, glam greenhouse or stunning outdoor furniture which makes your garden worth admiring, make sure that every aspect of your garden decoration is as good as it can be all year round – perfect for when an Indian Summer decides to strike!
Everything seem so much more stylish now than it did years ago – and prices can be very affordable if you shop around. From your local garden centre for cheap plants through to online stores which sell off end-of-season patio sets, there are some bargains to be had if you look hard enough. So it is worth spending a bit more time to kit out your garden space – no matter what size it is. Spending that little bit of extra time making sure your garden decoration is bang up to date means that you will benefit on those long summer days and balmy summer nights we all hope for each year!
Different types of garden furniture can suit your life at various stages. For instance, when you have small children, you look for garden furniture which can be easily maintained and relatively safe for toddlers. More often than not you try and save money and go for whatever is cheapest in terms of plastic or resin garden sets. You can leave out these out in all weathers and throw them away when they begin to get really tatty.
Once the children get a little older you can then move onto a wooden garden furniture set as the children will be old enough to mind their heads a bit more on any sharp table corners. You can also easily maintain the wood veneer with a lick of wood stain annually.
When the kids are even older and you are looking for something a bit nicer to put in your garden then you should look no further than some of the stunning blue and white ceramic designs currently available. Some are set in beautiful iron frames and, together with the aged blue and white ceramic design, can create a beautiful look for your garden space. They look almost antique in design and the range brings a touch of old-style glamour into any garden or patio area. You can mix and match this type of garden furniture with more modern pieces to create a completely bespoke garden look – add hanging lanterns to light up your seating area as these look great at night, so too do hurricane lamps and tea-light holders dotted around the ground. Experiment with some different looks to create something unique with this beautiful ceramic furniture as the focal point.