Vialii Review of 2020

It’s tempting to not bother doing a review of 2020 – do we really want to look back on this year??? Yet, despite what an awful year it has been for everyone, there has been a lot of positives when it comes to the outdoors. We have all spent more time in our gardens than ever before and appreciated our outdoor space. So let’s focus on the postives in our Vialii Review of 2020…

The Year of Growing Your Own

With panic buying at the supermarket combined with many of us on furlough and having more time to spare, 2020 became the year to dabble in a bit of fruit and veg growing. Our veg patch has never been so well tended, weeding was done regularly, we had a strict feeding regime in place and with beautiful Spring weather everything flourished! Our highlight was our broccoli which we hadn’t grown before but was a resounding success!

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Lulu and her amazing home grown broccoli

The Year of the Fire Pit

With spending so much time outdoors, fire pits became very popular so we could stay outdoors longer and socialise with friends who weren’t allowed indoors. We celebrated the trend in upcycling by making ours out of an old washing machine drum!

Our firepit made from an old washing machine drum

Our firepit made from an old washing machine drum

The Year of Camping in your Garden

This year, a garden focal point was commonly a tent! With cub camps cancelled, virtual camps became the new trend. It provided much fun as well as learning important life skills. Thanks to the amazing leaders who kept the spirit of Scouting alive throughout the year regardless of what was thrown at them.

Our upcycled washing machine drum is the perfect fire-pit

Camping in the garden was very popular!

The Year of Painting

If you were lucky enough to be able to get garden paint, then you will have joined us in painting anything that stood still long enough! From fences to gates sheds to play houses, we painted til we had no paint left!

Get the kids to help paint your fence!

Get the kids to help paint your fence!

The Year of the Garden Arch

We had planned to upgrade our garden archways for several years but this year provided us with the time to tackle the project. To create the new look, we removed one arch and changed the shape, colour and cladding of the two remaining arches. What do you think? We love the new look!

Our upcycled archway is a lovely garden feature

Our upcycled archway is a lovely garden feature

The Year of Garden Lighting

With us spending more time in our gardens, many of our clients were keen to add landscape lighting to their gardens. Some chose coloured lights, some went for warm whites, some had a mix. Whatever your choice, it’s a great way to bring your garden to life in evening and to lengthen time spent outdoors.

Garden lighting can transform your outdoor space

Garden lighting can transform your outdoor space

The Year of Technology

With face to face design consultations crashing to a halt, we turned to technology to keep our meetings flowing. Whilst less personal and a site visit is still required to do a survey, it has become a useful first point of contact and an efficient way of getting an initial brief from our clients. We have all had to learn skills (who had heard of Zoom before 2020??) but our clients, young and old have been brilliantly adaptable, so we thank you all!

Zoom has become common place in our office so we can still design gardens for clients

Zoom has become common place in our office so we can still design gardens for clients

It has been the hardest year any of us could possibly have imagined but we head into 2021 with hope in our step and knowing that whatever happens, we can rely on our outdoor spaces to keep us happy and healthy.

All the best for 2021

All at Vialii

Vialii Guide to Christmas Gardening Gifts 2020

With the craziness of 2020, we all deserve something lovely this Christmas. And with us all appreciating our gardens even more than ever this year, why not treat your loved ones to something extra special for the outdoors this Christmas. Here’s our Vialii Guide to Christmas Gardening Gifts 2020…

Solar Fairy Lights

There’s nothing quite like fairy lights to instantly make your garden feel magical as the sun sets. It’s not always easy to find a handy outdoor socket to plug them into so these solar lights are easy to install and provide enough energy to give beautiful lighting into the evening. These carnival lights are available from Lights4Fun and are £29.99.

Solar fairy lights are easy to install

Solar fairy lights are easy to install

Harmen Chair

These beautiful chairs are made purely from wood and rope and scream Scandi design. They can fold away for easy winter storage. Available from Rowen & Wren, £158.

The beautiful craftmanship of the Harmen chairs

The beautiful craftmanship of the Harmen chairs

Chesneys Heat & Grill

We recently blogged about our favourite firepits and this is one of our favourites! You would be happy to get this in your (oversized) Christmas stocking this year! Available from Calido for £1548.

The Chesneys Heat & Grill ticks all the boxes

The Chesneys Heat & Grill would be a wonderful Christmas gift

Ring Sculpture

This would be a beautiful romantic gift for a loved one – an intertwining rings sculpture. These would make a lovely focal point in the garden. Available from Rusty Rooster Metal Art, £118.

Beautiful intertwining metal rings

Beautiful intertwining metal rings

Set of 3 Planters

These beautiful zinc planters would be perfect for some herbs near the back door. Available from Primrose for £39.99 for the set.

Stylish zinc planters, perfect for growing herbs

Stylish zinc planters, perfect for growing herbs

Insect Habitat

Give the wildlife in your garden a Christmas present this year with this handsome insect habitat. Available from Oakham Gifts from £23.99.

Don't forget to give the wildlife a gift this Christmas

Don’t forget to give the wildlife a gift this Christmas

Children’s Bird Gift Box

This is a beautiful gift for the kids (and your feathered friends). The kit contains a paint your own bird house, bird feeder, seeds and a mini scoop. Available from BoxWild for £30.

This beautiful set is a gift to your child and your garden birds

This beautiful set is a gift to your child and your garden birds

Gardening Gift Vouchers

Still struggling for ideas? If you live locally to us, treat your loved ones to Christmas gardening vouchers. You choose the value and they can choose what they want to spend it on – from grass cutting to plants; a garden design to a new water feature, it’s up to them how they spend it.

The perfect Christmas gift - a garden voucher

The perfect Christmas gift – a garden voucher

Whatever you give (and receive) we wish you a very happy and healthy Christmas.

All at Vialii

For other Christmas gift inspiration check out our previous blogs:

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Prices correct at time of publication