Gardening collectables popular this time of year

Allan Blackburn.

Allan Blackburn.

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I hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend.

After quite a few long weekends and days off over the last couple of months we are back to normal, at least until the next bank holiday in August.

I mentioned my birthday last week saying that I haven’t actually had my birthday off in years as it’s May 25 and it falls on the long weekend.

However, I’ve had a lovely week celebrating with family and friends.

As usual we went to the Italian Orchard which we all love and then staggered the short walk home after perhaps one too many glasses of wine. I’ve mentioned my diet in this column before – I need to very careful with what I eat but my birthday was the perfect excuse to let my hair down and relax the rules for once.

It was a lovely evening.

For others out there, this week’s been half term so I hope you’ve had fun with your little ones and enjoyed the lovely weather.

For our team at the antiques centre it is a very busy time.

After lots of long weekends close together this year – Easter, May Day and now Spring Bank – our visitors have time on their hands to do their spring cleaning, decorate the house and do the garden.

We sell more gardening collectables at this time of year than at any other.

Modern gardening tools and ornamental items may be more functional and practical, but nothing gives a garden more character and charm than an antique piece, whether it’s in working condition or not.

Antique planters, figurines, jardinières, tools, lawn mowers and 
ornaments perfectly 
compliment the modern garden.

One of the pleasures of collecting gardening antiques is that you don’t need to worry too much about looking after them.

A 100 year antique wheelbarrow can be used as a planter and doesn’t need to be renovated, restored or pampered like our indoor antiques.

We are apparently spending more money than ever on our gardens.

It’s wonderful to see that those items valued and used by previous generations can enjoy a new lease of life in today’s gardens.