This is a first for me. Up until now I have always turned down offers to review products, nothing has appealed and I prefer not to have any commercial tie-ins on my blog. But I’m afraid I succumbed to temptation in this case, because I have a long-standing hankering for fire in the garden. Not bonfires – though they would be good too given the amount of waste I am generating with pruning and shrub removal – but moody, flickering flames to accompany warm summer evenings sat outside. I have a small collection of candle holders designed to sit on a table, but I have always fancied flickering flames shining out from amongst tree branches, torches lining a path, you know the sort of thing. So when I was offered the opportunity to review the Rust Linear Lanterns from Jo Alexander, I said “yes”.
They are made of fairly thin rusty metal, which sounds horrid but is actually rather attractive. At £14.99 for a pair they could make a nice gift, and arrived well packaged and undamaged. One of the things I like about them is that they look good even while empty. I’m not sure how well they would stand up to a strong wind, they went in to my grass easily but I had to push them in quite a long way to the softer soil in my patio bed to get them to stand up straight, so I think they are something to bring indoors when gales threaten.
The tops of the lanterns are designed to take glass holders for t-lights, so you could always use these as shot glasses when not in the garden lighting up the evening! Pop in your t-lights, add to the lanterns, and there you go.
I like them, and can just see them in the raised beds that are currently still but a gleam in the eye, but which will wrap around the also-mythical at present deck. But just two isn’t going to cast much light, which is quite clever on their part, as I will probably get more if anyone gives me present money… They are sold in pairs, but I think odd numbers usually work better for things like this, so I would prefer it if they came in threes – provided the price was still reasonable! They sell various other garden ornaments as well as teak, wicker and wrought iron garden furniture, most of which is very attractive if a little out of my price range. I was a bit disappointed that, other than saying the teak was from grade A plantations, there was no information about country of origin or FSC certification. Personally, I need more detailed information before I would contemplate buying teak furniture, but the lanterns are great.