Night Garden

The last few nights the neighbours might have seen me flitting about the borders like a pixie, light in hand working out the best place to site some new garden lamps we’re trialling.

We’ve held off getting solar lights before as they always seem so feeble, but these are bright enough to light a path to the chicken house, or for a little late night gardening…or just to help me find my after-hours glass of wine.

Last night I practiced some night photography to capture them around the garden:

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The post lights have spikes and are moveable, so I think they will have various uses: By the deck islands for a barbecue or to highlight a particular group of plants at certain times of the year.

I think the down lighters will be attached near the deck for Summer burger eating and the movement sensor will kick in to illuminate Ernie on his late night forages.

The lights are Philips Greenhouse Solar lamps from the myGarden range. Philips sent us a batch to try; I don’t think these stainless ones are even on sale yet. It’s been a bit rainy these last few days so they’ve not gathered enough solar power to stay lit all night (I had a peek through the curtains in the middle of the night and they’d gone to sleep) but for evening use they are certainly better quality than anything I’ve seen so far. I like the sturdiness of them.

I had imagined obvious uses like lighting the drive, steps or deck, but what I particularly like is using them to highlight pretty plants.

I love my garden, especially in Spring, and seeing them light up my favourite borders as I look out of the window at night helps me to appreciate it a bit longer.

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