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McMillan Legacy Garden looks great with our Curved Backless Bench …

Cardiff RHS Flower Show is always a great one there’s always a buzzing atmosphere and it kicks the RHS season off in great style every year.

And this year was no different – particularly as the sun shone all weekend meaning our 150 square metre trade stand was busy with show-goers all weekend making for a great atmosphere.

In fact, we even caught the eye of a film crew from Welsh TV!

The meaning of life – a Legacy Garden from McMillan …

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

Nelson Henderson

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How to Clean a Cantilever Parasol

How to Clean a Cantilever Parasol …

Cantilever parasols provide an attractive feature to any garden.

They can be vibrant, while giving relief from the hot burning sun. They can keep drinks cool and the sun out of your eyes, they can even offer shade from a breeze on a windy day.

A parasol is a must for entertaining outside on a warm day, as it ensures you have the right protection as you while away the hours chatting at a table or picnic bench. Of course, in Britain, we experience a lot of rain and it’s not always possible to bring the cantilever parasol in from the elements. This can result in mould or dirt on the fabric, and rust on the mechanics.

Cantilever parasols are large, and as such cannot be fully immersed in warm water in order to clean away the debris. Here are some tips on how to clean a cantilever parasol.

Use natural ingredients to clean your Cantilever Parasol …

You usually don’t need anything heavily scented to clean a cantilever parasol. That’s because the fresh air usually gives a scent many try to imitate indoors. Instead choose natural ingredients to cut through the mould and to sterilise the fabric.

At this point, if you have a steam cleaner, that would probably be the best tool for cleaning the parasol. All you need is water and an electric supply.

If you don’t own a steam cleaner, you can still achieve good results with a bucket of hand hot water and these ingredients:

  • White vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt


The salt acts as a natural abrasive to remove stains and absorb mould. The baking soda and vinegar react to lift mould from the fabric. They will also sterilise and deodorise the parasol. The lemon juice cuts through grease and will make washing easier. Make sure you have a bucket of hot clean water to rinse.

At this point all you need is elbow grease …

Unfortunately if the parasol is very mouldy, it may be nigh on impossible to remove it. We sell a wide range of cantilever parasols that could provide an attractive replacement. You can also buy parasol covers to prevent damage happening in the future, these should protect your parasol against the elements.

Marine Grade Furniture a success in Dubai …

Marine Grade Furniture a success in Dubai …

The Dubai International Boat Show, (DIBS) really is a true spectacle.

2017 was our first year exhibiting at the event and it certainly won’t be our last. To be honest we knew we were taking a bit of a risk as a UK retailer booking an event overseas but our Luxor Marine Grade Furniture has done really well at both the Southampton and London Boat Shows and when you consider that DIBS is the biggest boat show in the world we thought it was a calculated risk.

A few show highlights for you …

highlights Dubai international Boat Show

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Moasure App – it’s made to measure …

Many of you may, at this time of year, be thinking about giving the garden a bit of a makeover this year?

And, in today’s online age, the obvious place to start having a look at the options available to you are the many and varied internet shopping sites out there such as ours.

Don’t worry we’re not about to bombard you with sales offers and jargon – in actual fact all we want to do is help you solve a problem common to many shoppers in our niche.

Just how big is your garden?

Now, this may seem like a bit of a silly question but in actual fact you’d be surprised at just how many people we speak to who are interested in buying a particular item of furniture and then suddenly ask themselves the question …

“Will this actually fit in my garden?”

Well, if you’ve got an iPhone we can solve this problem for you in an instant …

Moasure – the future of measuring made easy …

Moasure is a clever little app developed to allow iPhone users to measure distances and angles quickly and accurately by turning their phone itself into a measuring device.

Watch the video here …

As you can see, it really could not be simpler and makes perfect sense.

So, before you visit that furniture showroom simply flick Moasure on and measure the room or garden space that the furniture’s intended for and then repeat the same process with the furniture itself.

Or, if you’re internet shopping, any respectable online store will have provided the specifications of the item for you so you can compare these to the Moasure results on your phone and make an informed decision based on these without having to guess and hope.

Obviously, there are hundreds of other applications here as well and at just £1.49 for a download it really is a no-brainer.

Why not download Moasure and give it a try.