Common sense says you need to check that your barbecue is in good working order, on a flat site away from a hedge or shed and not a magnet for unsupervised children and pets. Never leave it unattended.

If using a charcoal barbecue, invest in an Outback Charcoal Starter to get it going, never have petrol anywhere near, and put only cold ashes in the bin.

With a gas barbecue, make sure the regulator tap is off before changing a cylinder, which should be done outdoors, and brush soapy water over pipe work and joints to check for bubbles from leaks.

Use a sharp knife to check juices are running clear and meat is done, while press fish flesh with a fork to check flakes come apart – indicating it’s ready.

Always allow a grilled steak or roasted joint to rest in foil on the top rack for about five minutes to keep it juicy and tender.

Unless you’ve invested in a piece of well-hung organic meat, which needs only a brushing of oil and some sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper, then everything else will benefit from a marinade.

With the exception of shellfish, marinade overnight when possible, do not use salt, lemon or lime juice in a marinade for longer than two hours, and avoid pineapple juice.

To avoid a smoking barbecue avoid using extra virgin olive oil in the marinade – save it for the sauce and salad – and marinade in a strong plastic bag before emptying into a glass or stainless steel container.

Always use a separate container or plate for marinades and cooked dishes.

It’s Not Rude, It’s Botany!

Who would have thought the safe and cosy life of the plant world could be so downright RUDE?  However, the slogans of these shiny new t-shirts are actually the REAL botanical names for plants!

Our brand new fashionable tee’s display a wide variety of Latin plant names for varieties of flowers, trees and even fungi.  Our Carry On-esque selection includes eye openers such as ‘Rubus cockburnianus’, ‘Lilium superbum’ and ‘Clitoria ternatea’!

All t-shirts come in a choice of 17 bang-on trend colours such as Flame Orange, Sun Yellow and Kelly Green.  The hues in the colour range mirror some of the fashionista’s picks for 2017 too.

Priced from just £19.99 each, and available for the guys and the girls, these naughty T’s won’t break the bank either!  We also have hoodies available in colours Charcoal Grey and Heather Blue at £27.99 each.

Not a bad price for a chance to gain a bit of plant knowledge AND bring a smirk to a face or two! Hort smut rules!

But, remember… it’s not RUDE, it’s BOTANY

For more information please see our website


Kingfisher plc has launched its first international, multi-platform marketing campaign, ‘Start Something New’, to support the home improvement company’s new range of Unique outdoor products.  Based on extensive customer research which included visits to hundreds of customers’ homes, the exclusive products have been designed and created by Kingfisher’s in-house teams to reflect the realities of their customers’ lives.

With heavyweight media support, the campaign is rooted in Kingfisher’s belief that the home is at the heart of people’s lives, with huge emotional significance.

View the video here

On air today, the TV advert is a personal story linking new life stages and the promise of new memories to come, with the new product range. Directed by British actor and director Dexter Fletcher (director of the 2016 hit film, ‘Eddie the Eagle’) the advert shows how the new range of products can create a positive change in customer’s lives thanks to unique designs and accessible pricing.

This new range marks an important step in Kingfisher’s strategy to make home improvement accessible for everyone and is the first time the business has launched a multi-country advertising campaign. The marketing activity is focused on supporting four new outdoor product ranges:

  • INDUS ‘Little House’, the first metal shed of its kind
  • Mix-and-match NEVA modular fencing system
  • DENIA garden furniture set, with folding and extending solutions
  • New VERVE watering system

Kingfisher’s Chief Customer Officer, Pierre Woreczek, commented: “We are a business that puts the customer at the heart of what we do. Our new outdoor ranges were developed from deep customer insights, based on supporting our customers in the reality of their lives. The team at Leo Burnett London has done a fantastic job at capturing the genuine emotional connection between our products and our customers’ lives through the Start Something New campaign.”

Commenting on the creative, Chaka Sobhani, Chief Creative Officer for Leo Burnett London, said: “We’re really proud to be part of the start of this journey with Kingfisher, a brand who believe great design should be affordable and available to all. Our stories hopefully mirror how great design really can have an impact, small or big, on our everyday lives.”

The ad will air in the UK from 23rd March to 5th April, and all products are currently available at B&Q. As well as the UK, the ad will also be shown in France and Romania.

Deck out your garden with Homebase’s new Outdoor Living collection

With over 400 items to choose from, including dining sets, sun loungers, deckchairs and BBQs, the new Homebase Outdoor Living range has something to offer everybody this summer.

Whether it is the small Austin two seater set or the Vilamoura 11 piece set, creating a space to enjoy and entertain friends and family in this summer couldn’t be easier.

Available online and in store from the end of March 2017, the range includes bistro sets starting from as little as £39.99 and BBQs from £8.49.  With the addition of parasols and cushion covers in raspberry, blue, green and natural shades, these items will brighten up your garden.

The range also features over 140 BBQs, fire-pits and chimeneas from leading brands such as Matador, Jumbuck and La Hacienda, great for cooking up a storm long into the evening.


outbackLeading barbecue supplier Outback UK is cooking up some new garden centre promotional ideas with a series of four short videos to boost next year’s sales of the top – selling Jupiter range.

The company is currently working on ways to provide new in-store LCD displays to run the videos in a range of point-of-sale material for Jupiter stockists in 2017.

Links on the home page and in the product description boxes for the Jupiter Stainless Steel 4 and 6 burner and the Jupiter 4 burner gas models on the website take viewers to the videos on the site or on You Tube.

Each video lasts about 45 seconds, and shows ingredients, temperatures and herbs used to cook a pancake, tuna, stir fry and pizza on the Jupiter’s grill, griddle, wok and pizza stone accessories.

The Jupiter Stainless Steel 4 and 6 burner gas are new to the Outback 2017 range and are included in the company’s current product guide for next year as well as on the website, and follow the success of the Jupiter 2, 3 and 4 burner models designed in Meteor red that played a major part in Outback’s sell-out year in 2016.


outbackA late surge of summer sun, increased demand for their premium range and the attractions of al fresco entertaining have led a leading UK supplier to develop a new barbecue-and-bar combination for next year’s season.
The latest addition to the Outback UK portfolio was an instant talking point at the Solex trade show at the NEC in July, where online, garden centre and specialist buyers placed orders for the 2017 market.
“We were very pleased with the positive reception the trade gave to the barbecue-bar prototype, particularly as we have yet to give it a name, and we bbq-bar-150x150see it as a leading top-of-the-range attraction for next year premium outdoor leisure market”, said Outback UK chief executive Mark Osborne.
“Innovation using the latest design and materials is part of Outback’s success, and we are confident that the stand alone barbecue-bar concept will appeal to al fresco enthusiasts who enjoy cooking while at the same time having a drink and chat with guests”, he said.
The ‘bbq-bar island’ is crated for delivery for easy assembly on a level site, with choice of stucco-finish masonry sides fitted to rear and front panels by wing nuts, before the four-burner stainless steel barbecue, side burner and marble bar top are installed.
With a retail price tag of £2,500, the barbecue section includes two front storage drawers and space for a gas cylinder, while there is room around the bar area for guests to enjoy a drink – and watch the chef at work.

Fallen Fruits’ Flower Pouffes recognised at GIMA Awards

fallenfruitsFallen Fruits, the garden giftware company whose themed, designer collections are inspired by nature, is celebrating the success of its Flower Pouffes at this year’s GIMA Awards, held on the 14th July at Celtic Manor.  The Flower Pouffes follow on from the massive popularity of last season’s Fruit Pouffe launch.

These extremely comfortable summery pouffes are available in brightly coloured sunflower and gerbera designs as well as a super realistic tree trunk version, making them as eye-catching as they are practical for any outdoor space.

The inflatable pouffes feature handy removable, waterproof covers making them easy to clean and dry if the weather turns.  Retailing at £29.99, they are a fun, reasonably priced, addition to any garden.

Fallen Fruits managing director Michael Hall explains, “Garden accessories no longer have to be bland and boring, simply blending into their backgrounds.  Consumers are now looking for unique, fun and quirky items to brighten up their outdoor spaces.  This is why we have introduced the Outdoor Pouffe flower designs following up on the fruity theme, which everyone loved as well.

fallen fruits Flower Pouffes“They are a perfect proposition for any garden centre wanting to offer its consumers something a little bit different,” adds Michael.

For further information about this and other collections, garden retailers can contact Fallen Fruits on 01584 873377 or by emailing


fallenfruitsGarden giftware company, Fallen Fruits has unveiled two new floral additions to its range of ever-popular Outdoor Pouffes.

Currently available as fruity segments of Watermelon, Orange and Kiwi, as well as the recently launched Tree Truck design, the new Gerbera Daisy and Sunflower Pouffes complement the existing range perfectly and offer a colourful solution to brightening up any outdoor space.

Retailing at £29.99, the Pouffes make for a fun, reasonably priced addition to any summer party and offer a great gift solution for garden lovers. Featuring a handy removable, waterproof cover, the inflatable Pouffes are easy to clean and dry as well as fold away for storage when not in use.

Commenting on the new additions to the range, Managing Director, Michael Hall said, “ One of our most popular product ranges to date, the punchy colours and practical design of the Outdoor Pouffes ensure that they are well loved by consumers and retailers alike. With the addition of the bright pink Gerbera and sunny yellow Sunflower, we are confident that these quirky Pouffes are set for yet another successful sales season.”

fallen fruits Flower PouffesPart of the Nature Print collection, the new Flower Pouffes will be on display at this years’ SOLEX. For more information about these and other 2 Fallen Fruits products, visit SOLEX stand 450 or contact the company on 01584 873377/


fallenfruitsThis summer, Fallen Fruits is turning garden landscapes inside-out with a new range of funky Garden Carpets, which are set to exhibit at this year’s SOLEX.

Channelling the current trend for ‘outdoor rooms’, the new, weather resistant carpets take their inspiration from typical interior rug designs. Style conscious consumers can choose between contemporary tessellating patterns or an eye-catching Persian style for a quirky outdoor living space that won’t require a hoover!

fallen fruits Garden CarpetFor those who prefer a more ‘thick pile’ look, Fallen Fruits also offers artificial grass rugs in a choice of three bold colours- Blue, Brown or Pink – for a striking alternative to traditional artificial grass. Including UV proof holes to prevent water logging, these rugs offer an ultra-modern solution to brightening up small urban gardens and city spaces.

Commenting on the new garden rugs, Managing Director Michael Hall said, “ With modern homes and gardens becoming increasingly smaller, we all want to make the most of the space we have available. The new 2 garden carpets offer a great addition to any patio or outdoor sitting area for a really stylish, usable space and are already showing signs of demand amongst retailers for the coming season.“

These extraordinary Garden Carpets will be on display on stand 450 at the upcoming SOLEX and are sure to be a hit amongst visitors. Garden retailers can find out more about this range and other Fallen Fruits garden accessories by contacting 01584873377 /


fallenfruitsFallen Fruits is set to unveil the latest additions to its popular Fancy Flames collection at the upcoming SOLEX exhibition.

Incorporating everything from candles and tealights to Chimineas and firepits, the Fancy Flames collection brings together traditional and contemporary design influences to create a wide range of attractive products and accessories all united by living flames for stylish outdoor spaces.

FF245_02The most recent additions to the range include a traditional, heavy duty Dutch Oven and rustic Steel Fire Bowl, which makes for a bold centrepiece for any patio or BBQ area. Other new products include the innovative BBQ Table, which can be easily transformed from grill to funky bar- style table for the ultimate garden accessory this summer.

Commenting on the range, Managing Director, Michael Hall explained, “This collection has fantastic appeal for style-savvy consumers who just want to enjoy their outdoor space. The recent additions complement the existing range perfectly and provide great gift options for garden lovers, social butterflies and even keen campers. We are looking forward to unveiling the new products at this year’s SOLEX and are confident that they will be well received by garden centre retailers and other visitors to the exhibition.”

With RRPs ranging from £2.99 for a set of small citronella garden torches to £599 for an extra large wood store, the Fancy Flames collection offers retailers a comprehensive selection of products with which to maximise their consumer appeal.

Garden retailers can contact Fallen Fruits for more information about this and other collections by visiting SOLEX stand 450 or by contacting the company on 01584 873377 or emailing