Monthly Archives: April 2017

  • Brighten Your Garden With Poundstretcher

    Brighten Your Garden With Poundstretcher

    It’s nearly May and we’ve got a spring in our step and our fingers are turning a lovely shade of green. The days are getting warmer, the nights are getting longer and we’re enjoying sitting out in the evenings – even if we are wrapped up in a fluffy jumper!

    So it’s time to fall in love with your garden or outdoor space again, and no it doesn’t matter how small it is you can still bring it to life with a few well-placed solar lights and garden ornaments. Whether you want to transform your balcony, window boxes or decking into a relaxing haven, here at Poundstretcher we have plenty of ways for you to brighten your garden.

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    If you’re the type of person that can’t keep plants alive, maybe you’ve even killed a cactus in your time (you’re not alone), then our great range of garden accessories, including artificial plants are just the thing for you! Turn your garden into a Mediterranean paradise with our lemon tree or if you're a fan of more exotic climes our artificial orchid is perfect for you.

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    Express your fun side and release your inner child with our adorable array of solar animals, charming windmills and sun catchers. Place them by your front door, in flower pots and flowers beds and watch as the animals come alive at night and the windmills turn in the breeze – the kids are sure to love these fun additions too.

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    Light up garden paths, front doors, pots, borders and more with our collection of solar lights. Whether your tastes are modern and elegant or more outlandish we have lights just for you. From crackle effect round stake lights and bollard style lights to impressive light up flowers and diamonds - all without annoying wires they’re sure to revitalise your outdoor space.

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    Why not create a real feature flower bed full of light up tulips? With their vibrant colours and realistic designs they’re sure to enhance your garden during the day and at night too.

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    For those looking for a more subtle way to light up their garden our super fairy lights are great for hanging in bunches, around trees or along your garden fence to add a touch of sparkle to your garden. They’re easy to install, weather resistant and automatically come on as the natural light starts to fade – perfect! Or how about a light-up topiary ball? With their compact design they're ideal for hanging outside your front door to add a pop of colour and style to your home.

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    So if you’ve been inspired to get out in the garden and transform yours into a relaxing haven then head on down to your local Poundstretcher and grab some supplies today!

  • Greenfinger's Guide To Growing: April

    Greenfinger's Guide To Growing: April

    It's #NationalGardeningWeek and Greenfinger is here, with more hints and tips to get your garden growing! This month we’re looking at what to sow and plant in… you guessed it, April! So get your gardening gloves at the ready and your trowel in hand, and take a look at the latest instalment of Greenfinger’s guide to growing in…April!

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    Is your lawn looking a bit patchy and neglected? Then now is the time to sow some grass seeds and help it return to it's former glory. It's so easy to forget about the grassy parts of our garden, but these need as much love and care as your flowers.

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    Gladioli are some of my favourite flowers, their distinct shape, height and wonderful array of colours make them perfect for planting along garden fences.  Their bulbs are easy to plant too, just make sure your soil is well drained and you're ready to go - easy!

    Vegetables

    With the birds singing, blossom blooming and the warmer weather floating in on the breeze it’s the perfect time to get your veggies growing. The season of fresh salad will soon be upon us – get planting lettuces, kale seeds and tomatoes ready to fill salad bowls at BBQs. Sow cucumbers towards the end of the month and they’ll soon be ready to adorn your salads and be mixed into your jugs of Pimms.

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    Don’t forget about the dishes you’ll be preparing come late summer and autumn though, now is the time to sow cabbages and onions ready for stews and soups. If you’re looking to add some colour to your meal times beetroots are the veg for you, and just the thing to plant this month as well. We have a great selection of seeds just waiting to be picked by you in your local Poundstretcher.

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    Fruit

    It’s just the month to get your potted fruit trees and plants growing – great if you have limited space as fruit will thrive even on your balcony! But don’t forget to protect your plum and pear trees from the icy grasp of spring frost that still comes a-knocking at night.

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    Herbs

    Those herbs you grew from seeds or bought can now go outside, into pots, window boxes or our Mini Wall Hook Planters.  I especially like to fill hanging baskets with hardy rosemary, fragrant mint and bright chives and watch as they thrive. Their small brightly coloured flowers will attract bees to your garden as well, so sit back and relax as you watch these marvellous creatures buzz around your herb garden.

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    If you’re fond of Italian flavours in your cooking basil seeds are also great to sow in April – truly versatile basil is wonderful in chicken, pasta and even strawberry based dishes!

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    Aprons at the ready it’s that time again to revel in the delicious produce you have grown. Herbs are a fantastic way to elevate a dish from tasty to delicious, and as I mentioned basil earlier I think we’ll use just that to make basil and tomato spaghetti – yum!

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    So if you’ve been bitten by the gardening bug, and you want to try your hand at growing some greens during #NationalGardeningWeek, then pop over to your local Poundstretcher to grab some supplies today!

  • Get Ready For Easter With Poundstretcher

    Get Ready For Easter With Poundstretcher

    EasterBlog-Choc-RabbitIt’s that time of year again when we gorge on chocolate and stuff ourselves silly with sweet treats, of course it is Easter! So let us here at Poundstretcher help you to celebrate in style with a wonderful array of Easter treats, gifts and confectionery. Whether you’re creating a magical treasure hunt, baking up some tasty delights or treating everyone to an Easter egg we’ve got everything you need to have an egg-cellent day (sorry)!

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    From The Simpsons to Me to You we have a whole collection of Easter eggs to suit all tastes, styles and ages. Whether your kids are Frozen fanatics, dedicated to the Elsa and Anna frenzy or they’re more of a young Jedi in training dedicated to the Star Wars sagas we’ve got chocolate and gift sets galore.

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    With a whole variety of gifts including traditional egg and chocolate bars, mugs, sports bottles and more, we have everything to suit your friends, family and budget. We’ve also got a fantastic range of Easter assortments for the big kids in your life! Including Match of the Day goodies for footie lovers, The Simpsons choccies for comedy buffs and Gogglebox mugs for those who love nothing more than watching their favourite TV shows.

    Are you looking for something that’ll keep the little ones entertained for more than 5 minutes? We have a wonderful selection of surprise eggs filled with fun toys, games and sweets that your children will love! With puppy, car, mini toys and many more designs you’re sure to find the perfect surprise egg for your vet in training or wannabe race car driver.

    Treasure Hunts

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    If you feel like going the extra mile this year and making Easter a day to remember then an Easter themed treasure hunt is just what you need. Get the whole family involved from the pets to grandparents with a magical egg hunt around your home or garden. Fill every nook, cranny, flower pot, candle holder or whatever you have lying around with chocolate eggs! Why not use our bags of Walkers Milk Chocolate Mini Eggs to scatter around, or place into little mounds of deliciousness?

    If you don’t want everyone to scoff lots of chocolates before lunch or the kiddies to be hyper all day then you easily create paper eggs of all sizes to stick around your home. Make sure they’re colourful so the little ones can easily spot them amongst the flower beds and your jazzy wallpaper. If you’re not feeling very arts and craftsy then there are always stickers – just make sure they won’t pull off the paint or your favourite wallpaper!

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    Let your little ones know that the Easter bunny has made a special delivery at their house with some paw prints dotted around the floor. Simply sprinkle some flour or sugar in a rabbit paw print shape and watch as your children’s faces light up when they realise that the Easter bunny has been in the night. These prints are a great way to start or finish your own Easter hunt, maybe they’ll lead to a bundle of chocolate eggs or a toy rabbit!

    Easter Baking

    Don’t forget the Creme Eggs, it wouldn’t Easter without these little fondant filled beauties! Whether you love them or hate them there’s no denying that their sweet taste and chocolate shell is irresistible when baked into brownies, cookies or a sponge tray bake. Get the kids involved too, they’ll love weighing out all the ingredients, mixing the batter and of course licking the bowl clean!

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    Crispy cereal cakes and fluffy cupcakes wouldn’t be complete without a cluster of Poppets Mini Eggs on top. With their pastel coloured speckled sugar shells and delectable chocolate centres they’re the perfect finishing touch to your bakes - if you don’t eat them all first that is! Or why not pop them into the centre of your cake mix before your cakes go into the oven? Once baked to a golden brown your cupcakes will have a secret chocolatey centre that the whole family will love.

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    So if you’re ready to celebrate with all things Easter, then get yourself over to your local Poundstretcher and pick up some egg-tastic treats today!

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