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Good news for garden tools fans and especially for German garden tool admirers – Quality Garden Tools have announced that they are launching a range of Original LOWE pruners into the UK garden retail and nursery market.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

In the coming days we will move from the season of ‘mellow fruitfulness’, to the season of freezing rain and icy winds. The clocks will go back and most of us will, like Neanderthal man, spend nearly all of our time trying to keep warm. I confidently predict that with record gas, oil, coal and electricity prices bringing tears to the eyes of the most prosperous billionaire, we are bound to be about to enjoy a winter which will put the ice age to shame!

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Saturday, October 29, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

When I first started writing about garden tools there was just one mantra used by manufacturers when it came to making a new product – ‘any colour as long as it’s green’. This led to rows of very similar looking tools in garden centres across the country and a distinct lack of individuality between brands. Thankfully, there is now a little variety in the colour of garden tools and whilst I wouldn’t personally use lilac gardening gloves, I know a lot of people do!

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Friday, October 14, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

With economic pressure on all our minds at the moment, you may have thought that manufacturers of garden tools would be keeping prices as low as possible in order to preserve their business over this difficult time. Unfortunately this is not the case; in fact some manufacturers have increased prices twice already this year.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

Once again this year’s IOG Saltex show took place at Windsor Racecourse in Berkshire. The Institute of Groundsmanship has held the event there for a number of years and it is a ‘must’ for all fans of heavyweight garden machinery (and more besides).

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Friday, September 09, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

Today was the announcement of the winner of this year’s Windlesham Trophy (with prizes courtesy of Quality Garden Tools). I was there to see Elizabeth Banks present the famous bell trophy to staff and prisoners of HMP & YOI Thorn Cross and also see Dominic Elsom of Quality Garden Tools present them with £550.00 of Bulldog Tools.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

After two weeks in the sun I have arrived back home feeling refreshed and am now back in my study, once again slaving over a hot keyboard.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

When I am in the garden I am never without my trusty garden knife, it is so useful for little jobs like opening bags of perlite and compost, cutting string and twine, as well as more involved jobs like pruning and taking cuttings.

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Thursday, June 30, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

Speaking as one who has very little artistic ability in conventional terms, I love a good craft project. If the project involves natural materials, then even better!

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

Over the last couple of years we have added a number of Japanese garden tools to our ranges. Many customers email and ask me why Japanese cutting tools are so good and why I recommend them so often.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

We’re all very used to instant gratification these days (and I do plead guilty to that charge on occasions). It’s easy to be tempted at a big garden centre offering mass produced plants at an economical price. But there’s a lot to be said for the thrill of propagating your own plants from cuttings. Even if you give them away to friends, it’s very satisfying to see a thriving healthy young plant and know that it was because of your own fair hand that it lives. The other good thing about taking cuttings is that it’s a great way to trade plants with other gardeners.

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Friday, June 10, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

Another excellent Chelsea Flower Show with some interesting gardens – my favourites this year: Cleve West’s Daily Telegraph Garden and Diarmuid Gavin’s Irish Sky Garden.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

People often say to me…“what the hell are you doing in my shed!!??” No, seriously…they (and by people, I mostly mean my long suffering partner, Christine) often accuse me of staring at tools, not only staring at them, but also staring at them in the wrong way. Only the other day she caught me salivating over a billhook on the Bulldog Tools website. “Why are you looking at that billhook like that!” It’s almost as if I’ve been caught staring inappropriately at another woman but Christine’s intention is to not only stop me from looking demented, but also snap me out of the trance that will inevitably lead to an unnecessary (unnecessary in her eyes that is) transaction. It’s true, tools do carry a fascination for me (outlined in sad and graphic detail here) and so I have to spend a reasonable amount of time justifying the purchase which often involves a lot of thought and the occasional reference to one of my most prized possessions: a French book entitled. ‘L’outil’ (The Tool). Beautifully illustrated with old drawings and modern photographs of old tools, each tool featured is a virtual work of art. Turning the pages slowly is not only a visual feast but also, and I know this may sound a bit odd, a sensuous experience. I have no idea what some of the tools are used for as the book is in French. I could have a reasonable stab at a translation if I put my mind to it but something stops me from even trying. It’s as if such knowledge might somehow spoil the magic.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

I’m reminded that the Chelsea Flower Show is just around the corner for a rather beautiful reason: one of the roses that’s currently flowering in my garden, ‘Darcey Bussell’, was given to me as a present at Chelsea by the lovely Andy McIndoe, MD of Hillier Nursery. ‘Darcey Bussell’ is as elegant as her namesake - a crimson, double-flowered rose from breeder ‘David Austin’. It’s compact, with repeat flowers, and although the scent is not high, she never fails to attract attention by the front door. Hillier always put on one of the most popular displays at the RHS Chelsea Flower show - people swarm around their stand like bees, poking their noses into this shrub and that, taking notes, marvelling and asking questions. What they are great at is showing substantial shrubs and trees, that form the backbone of a garden and earn their keep all year round.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

There are just 6 days until the 2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show opens in all its glory. The show opens on 23rd May for the Queen, VIP’s and media, the 24th May for RHS members and the 26th May for everyone else.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

I raised a large glass of wine to Anne Wareham www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/8479689/Anne-Wareham-Why-I-hate-gardening.html earlier this month, when I read her article in the Daily Telegraph entitled ‘Why I hate gardening’. Anne, who created the acclaimed garden (Veddw www.veddw.com), with her husband, the photographer Charles Hawes, in Wales, is fed up with weeding, bending, pruning and labouring. Why do we do it? She asks. Why indeed!

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Thursday, May 12, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

After a successful year trading on www.ethelgloves.co.uk, Quality Garden Tools (Ethel Gloves UK distributor) has launched a brand new website for our customers.

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Friday, May 06, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News

The weather for most of the UK has been glorious for the last couple of weeks (apologies if you live in one of the areas that have had rain). Many of us have used this time to enjoy our gardens, however sometimes paths and patios can look a little tired and dirty after the long Winter months.

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Monday, May 02, 2011 By Dominic Elsom News


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