With the arrival of British Summer Time and the feeling of more time in the evenings, many people have started thinking about the garden. It is the perfect opportunity to tidy up after winter, start new projects or just introduce one or two new feature objects.
The annual Garden Sale at Addisons has become one of the highlights of our auction calendar and is extremely popular with gardeners and collectors alike. Here you can pick up anything from sundials, birdbaths and garden statuary to outdoor furniture and vintage tools.
Items for this year’s event have been coming in thick and fast and the saleroom is starting to look like something from the pages of Laurie Lee’s Cider with Rosie or even a Thomas Hardy novel. Milk churns – ideal for character planting schemes – rub shoulders with wooden rakes and old fashioned scythes, and rustic terracotta pots are everywhere. Yet in another part of the room, we have objects that would not look out of place on the set of a BBC country house drama, with stone-crafted bird baths and sundials sitting nicely alongside wrought iron benches and wooden croquet sets.
One object that really caught my imagination was a vintage French fruit picker. How evocative is that of outdoor rural life and – of course – perhaps a glass of wine made from the fruits of the hard labour?! Because to me that really is what a garden is all about – somewhere to enjoy all those sights, sounds and smells of the outdoors – and sometimes the right object is all that is needed to set a whole new scene.
The 2012 Garden Sale takes place on Thursday 19 April at 5.00pm and, as with all our auctions, bids can be made in person, online or over the telephone.