Don’t let the British Summer spoil your garden fun

We’ve all been there. You plan a family barbecue for what promises to be a lovely Summer evening. The invites go out to family and friends, you hit the supermarket to stock up on meat, salads and vino. Everyone turns up…and then the heavens open. Cue everyone grabbing the food and rushing off into the house. Evening spoiled.

The British weather is unpredictable at best, downright shocking at worst. It means that making the best use of your garden, and getting the most from it difficult and frustrating. What makes matters worse is that it is often warm , even stuffy, despite the fact that the rain is coming down, so being outside is still the best option. Fortunately, there are ways that you can enjoy the beauty of being outdoors, whilst still keeping cool and dry.

Ornate Designs glass veranda’s are a practical and attractive option for gardens of any size. 123v. offers a range of Veranda options that are custom planned to match the design of your property, they basically extend your indoor space to the outdoor area, and ensure that garden furniture is protected from the rain.


Where glass veranda’s offer a real point of difference to a temporary canopy or awning is their strength. They are built to withstand the very worst conditions of the British weather, including high winds and heavy snowfall. This means you do not have to worry about a flimsy structure that will not survive the Winter, but can enjoy sitting outside and enjoying your garden on cold crisp Winter days, as well as glorious Summer mornings and evenings (yes, we do get them sometimes!).



I think glass veranda’s are a beautiful way to extend your home and really be able to enjoy your outdoor space to the maximum. No more rushing inside as the rain starts to fall, for once the weather will not win!

More garden tips – barbecues, furniture and lighting

I’ve had a bit of a focus on gardens over the last two weeks, looking at how we can use them and improve them now that Spring is here. (You can read my previous posts here and here.) My final post is looking at some of the other things you can do to make your garden look good, and make sure it is a place of sanctuary, relaxation and fun for all your family.


For me, the smell of a barbecue is the smell of the summer, because there really is nothing like cooking and eating outdoors. The great thing about barbecues is that they come in all different sizes, so whether you have a large garden, or small patio, you can find something that will be suitable for your space.  Chessington Garden Centre is a good place to look for a new barbecue, with a good range of both charcoal and gas varieties. If you have enough space, you might even like to consider a horizontal smoker. Smokers are a great option for both BBQ’ing meat whilst adding in packets full of smoked flavour.

We love a barbecue!







We invested in a new garden table and chairs last year, and it was definitely one of the best buys we made. Eanjoying your garden is much easier when you have something nice to sit on and relax. Other good investments include benches, loungers for those really sunny days, and even a suggestion someone made in a comment on yesterdays blog – a hammock for the ultimate bit of garden fun.

Joe enjoys the new table and chairs

Joe enjoys the new table and chairs

Get some lighting

I think the one thing that can really change the look and feel of your garden is lighting, This could be in the form of fairy style lights that go around a gazebo or Summer house, or solar lights of all sizes that can be added to borders and planters. Garden lighting can cost as little as £1 from Poundland and can go into the hundreds for Victorian style lamp posts. Garden lighting is just wonderful if you choose to use your garden in the evenings, whether to sit outside with a glass of wine, or use it to entertain.


How amazing is this lampost for the garden?

How amazing is this lamp post for the garden?