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Time to Protect - Garden visitors need some protection

Time to Protect - Garden visitors need some protection

 

Recent estimates suggest there only 1 million hedgehogs currently in the UK, what a tragedy for this gardener’s friend. Make your garden a hedgehog haven by allowing a five-inch access hole at the bottom of your fence. Leave areas of the garden untouched so wildlife can use fallen leaves, twigs and dead vegetation to build nest. Or build a hedgehog home.

 

Our hedgehog home was built out of leftover materials we use to build our display stands. Choosing the product and the colour is always the fun part. We decided on our Wood Stain and Protector in American Barn Red (well the house does look a little bit like one) and Parsonage Cream. We love Wood Stain & Protector it is so easy to use, gives a great finish and is pet and animal friendly. The perfect wood stain for a hedgehog house.

 

Easy tips for having a hedgehog friendly garden:

  • - Create an access
  • - Have a wild part of the garden
  • - Build a hog house
  • - Leave food and water out
  • - Do not use slug pellets 
  • - Check long grass before mowing
  • - Make ponds safe

 

We have found a nice quiet corner of the garden for Hog House and are full of anticipation to see if we attract any inhabitants.

 
Hot Summer

Hot Summer

 

Phew, what a scorcher this year! We have started to see a definite trend towards bold colours being used in the garden.  Our top hot pick has to be Royal Exterior Teal, not only did we choose to use it for our summer photo shoot with Garden’s Illustrated photographer Jason Ingram (we are keeping the photos under our hat for now) but it was star of the show in ITV’s Love You Garden episode where a modern garden was beautifully created for foster super mum Fiona Kirlew. Also seen in this funky tropical garden was the sunny  Drawing Room Gold

 

Demand for Fire Engine Red from the Wood Stain & Protector range has been consistently high throughout this summer. This is a trend we feel will continue through 2019, red is going to be a key garden trend.

 

Royal Exterior - Teal     Royal Exterior - Drawing Room Gold    Wood Stain and Protector - Fire Engine Red 

 
Grab a cuppa and a copy of Good Homes magazine

We’ve teamed up with Maxine of We Love Home blog to make her garden dreams come true

 

Entertaining for Maxine and her four-legged friend, TeddyGrab a cuppa and a copy of Good Homes magazine and sit back for garden makeover inspiration.  We’ve teamed up with Maxine of We Love Home blog to make her garden dreams come true.  A nearly derelict garden area has been transformed into an oasis for outdoor living and entertaining for Maxine and her four-legged friend, Teddy.  Protek teamed up with Grange Fencing to add a stunning backdrop of a painted fencing and a pergola boasting the clean and fresh hues of Protek Royal Exterior Mendip Mist and Protek Royal Exterior China Clay 

Good Homes magazine August 2018

 

Maxine hit the perfect summer to complete her garden project and is now enjoying daily al fresco life.

 

There’s still time to complete your dream project this year, however large or small, or start planning for next year.  Happy summer dreaming!

 
Spring into Summer

Spring into Summer

 

Spring into Summer Table and ChairsLovely coastal blues and greens have been popular buys over the last few months. Sunny warm days have inspired subtle beachcomber colours that are used both outside and in. Also colours we recommend to achieve this look are Somerset Blue and China Clay, as you can see on these upcycled wooden chairs.

 

Featured Colours: 

 

Royal Exterior - Giddy Green     Royal Exterior -  Somerset Blue    Royal Exterior - China Clay     Royal Exterior - Porcelain Blue  Royal Exterior - Egg Shell Blue

 
Summer, Summer, Summer Time

Summer, Summer, Summer Time

 

Summer, Summer, Summer TimeIt’s time to have fun in the sun, kick back, relax and enjoy the garden. Giddy Green and Flamingo Pink two of our new for 2018 colours are seen here enjoying a sunny afternoon. These  playful colours are great as brightening a dark corner of the garden or used as a modern contrast to China Clay or Anthracite Grey.

 

Featured Colours: 

 

Royal Exterior - Giddy Green     Royal Exterior - Flamingo Pink    Royal Exterior - China Clay     Royal Exterior - Anthracite Grey  

 
Vintage Spring Makeover

Vintage Spring Makeover

 

Squibbs of Bridgwater, one of the basket and wicker furniture

We found this vintage wicker chair for sale locally in need of some Protek TLC.  It was made by Squibbs of Bridgwater, one of the basket and wicker furniture makers who were dependent on the withy growing of Athelney and the surrounding area.  It is known locally as The Isle of Athelney because it was once a very low isolated island in the 'very great swampy and impassable marshes' of the Somerset Levels. 

 

To prepare the chair for painting the legs were sanded down, the whole thing given a good wash and then left to dry in the spring sunshine. The seat was covered with plastic to prevent any mishaps and the edges masked off. We decided to use a similar colour to the original, so a 1 litre tin of Royal Exterior Superior in the vintage shade of Porcelain Blue was chosen.  Two coats were painted on the legs and just one coat for the wicker itself, using a one inch brush. To paint the wicker only a small amount of the Royal was put the brush and worked in well into it, making sure none of the holes were filled. 

 

A satisfying project for a sunny spring day.

 

 
New Colours for 2018

Protek Woodstain - New Colours 2018

 

Protek Woodstain - new colours 2018We are very excited to launch a new trilogy of grey tone wood stains to our Royal range. Grey as a colour continues to be used to create beautiful spaces in and out of the home. We wanted to add more hues to our range but with a difference. Surrounded by beautiful countryside it is easy to be inspired by the changing seasons and the colours we see in nature. Our new grey tones have a touch of blue; Hadspen Blue, green; Priddy Pools and pink; Winter Sky.  All add another dimension to range and continue our commitment to creating beautiful colours.

 

To go alongside these sophisticated grown up colours we couldn’t resist adding this cheeky trio; Flamingo Pink, Giddy Green and Passionate Plum.  We were asked to develop these popping colours for the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. They were used on the picnic tables that then went on tour around the UK’s top sporting events. They took in the Women’s World Lacrosse Championship in Guildford and the Olympic Village for the World Para Athletic Championships.

 

If you would like to try these new colours we are offering samples at half price through April and May 2018. 

 

 
The Start of Spring

The start of Spring

 

Saw a rush of orders for all things green and pleasant. Our three top sellers came from the Royal Exterior range, Spring Green, Olive Green and Warm Clay. Despite the much colder the normal weather condition the green shoots are starting to peep through and we can get out into the garden.

 

Royal Exterior - Spring Green     Royal Exterior - Olive Green    Royal Exterior - Warm Clay 

 
Pastel shades are back!

Pastel shades are back!

 

Predicted to be a top trend for 2018 “ice-cream pastels” are bringing a gentle pop of colour to the home and garden. They look pretty whilst modern when contrasted with white. Our pastel shades are not too saccharine and are very complimentary in the garden with most planting schemes; pair cosmos with white painted fence panels as a backdrop.

 

Our top choice of Ice Cream colours are:

Ice Blue, Cornish Cream, French Lilac and Rose Pink

 

Royal Exterior - Ice Blue     Royal Exterior - Cornish Cream    Royal Exterior - French Lilac    Royal Exterior - Rose Pink

 
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