One of the great frustrations of the 2020 lockdown has been the extraordinary good weather. The answer to making the most of it is, of course, garden furniture.
Obviously, you could dig out the rusty old chairs from the back of the garage. Or possibly just lob an old rug down on the lawn. And as for outdoor catering? Pop a disposable barbecue on your shopping list and you’re away.
But when chair collapses under your lockdown-spread, the rug turns out to be covered in mould and the disposable barbecue sets fire to the grass, you’ll know where to find us.
The Giant Egg Cup lead planter is inspired by an old design in the gardens at of Anglesey Abbey. It’ll look magnificent set beneath the stone mullioned windows of your 15th century old rectory. What’s that you say? You don’t live in a 15th century rectory? And your windows are made of PVC? Shush now. We’re sure it’ll still look marvellous.
£2,810 each from Bulbeck Foundry — www.bulbeckfoundry.co.uk
The Garden Gourmet, £2,499, is both a heater and a barbecue. Though at this price point, frankly we’re a tad disappointed that it isn’t also chef and waiter as well.
£2,499 from Chesney’s — www.chesneys.co.uk.
Take to the shade under this 2m garden parasol in glorious William Morris fabric. If you’re worried that it looks a little on the small side, they also make a 3m ‘Big Bill’ version at £725.
With that stuff out of the way, it’s time to address the elephant in the room: how great it is to see a patio where the owners have simply given up on weeding in between the pacing stones. Refreshing.
£450 from East London Parasol Company — www.eastlondonparasols.com
This is quite brilliantly gutsy: a love seat for a ménage a trois.
£6,960 from Gaze Burvill — www.gazeburvill.com
The Arden large table, bench and stool set. Yes, those seats are made of stone. Yes, you’re gonna need cushions.
£1,850 from Graham & Green — www.grahamandgreen.co.uk
Ahhh, the lawnmower’s had babies!
Sadly, that’s not at all true: those are just the 24v rechargeable batteries and the charger for this Greenworks cordless 3ft lawn mower, which is designed to be easy to manoevre.
£199.99 from www.greenworkstools.eu
This Edwardian-style bench really is rather lovely, and is made in weather-resistant Linen powder-coated steel. You can just imagine a dreamy-eyed poet perching here on a balmy afternoon while trying to think of a rhyme for ‘magnificent’.
£435 from Rosara — www.rosara.co.uk
Like having a tiny sun hiding in your borders, these ‘Stone Globe Lights’ even have a plug-and-play accessory set for safe installation without the need for an electrician.
Lights £109 each, accessory set from £37.03 via www.stoneglobelights.co.uk
While away a peaceful afternoon in the Edwardian deckchair, trying to resist the temptation to flick the tassles on the head-shade-awning thingy.
£225 from The Stripes Company — 01244 757196; www.thestripescompany.com
Simon Burvill threw caution to the wind when he gave up a career in engineering in order to make outdoor
You only need buy garden furniture once in your life – so why not buy something beautiful?