“ Brand: Poundland / Type: Ornament „
Unfortunately I think I am ultimately responsible for having this bee in my garden. When a good friend of mine moved house a good few years ago to a bungalow we joked and said that they were getting ready for their retirement and all they needed was some garden gnomes and other similar ornaments in the garden. I went to Poundland and bought the most hideous little gnome wheeling a wheelbarrow with a silly painted smile on his red face which they did dutifully place in their front garden the first time I went round but then mysteriously disappeared.
Since this time obviously as payback I have had gift such as a frog, a tortoise or a weird little gnome in addition to my proper birthday present. I received this little bee for my last birthday but to be honest I think it isn't too bad and if I had to choose my favourite I would probably say this one. The bee is around 8 inches tall and made of a hard resin, and although it isn't solid it stands up okay and hasn't been knocked over in the wind. A lot of my other ornaments have been stashed away in the garden shed as I don't usually like this sort of thing, but I have actually put this one at the front of a small flower bed at the side of the patio and quite like it there.
The bee itself sits on a grey stone with the words 'welcome' and he has quite a happy and welcoming face and is dressed quite brightly. Even my husband says it is quite cute and he doesn't usually like anything like this. I think that for £1 it is very good value so even if it didn't last long it wouldn't be a great loss. I love looking around garden centres, (or maybe I love going to the coffee shops in garden centres) and I have seen ornaments which are far more expensive than this and are quite dull and boring. At least this one stands out and I think if you had children they would love it as he is a cheerful little chappy.
This one hasn't yet been through a winter outside so I can't say how long it will last. I would probably not replace it if it didn't wear very well but will enjoy it as long as it is lasts. So all in all I do quite like this little happy bee and will leave him looking over my flower bed.
At the end of spring waiting for the arrival of summer, that is the time when we start to get all the plants and pots ready in hopes of a warm and sunny summer ahead. Since both my parents and I are busy with work or university, we couldn't really give time to our garden. Every year, there are few additions in pots and plants but it just doesn't feel homey and welcoming enough. Therefore, we decided to add some ornaments. However, garden ornaments don't come cheap especially when we're looking around B&Q and other stores alike. Luckily, poundland comes to our rescue.
Poundland stocks a variety of garden ornaments for one pound each (as the name suggests). Despite the very bargain price, these garden ornaments are quite pleasing to the eye and doesn't come across as tacky. We bought several garden ornaments to put in our garden and the welcoming bee ornament is one of them.
The welcoming bee ornament looks just like the picture shown above. It's a simple resin garden ornament standing at approximately 8-9 inches tall. The actual bee is hollow inside but due to the hard resin material, it does have sufficient weight to stay upright. I place the bee ornament near the leg of the wooden swing we have in our garden so that guests don't accidently kick the ornament and break it.
As for the durability, I have had this welcoming bee ornament for more than a year now. The paint colour is fading away, which is to be expected since the ornament is placed in the garden in the path of direct sunlight. For one pound, this ornament does serve its purpose, which is to brighten up the garden and to give a welcoming and cheery ambience to our back garden. The ornament does come across as a bit childen due to the cartoon-like appearance of the bee but all the childen that comes with guests love it.
All in all, the garden ornaments from Poundland are pretty durable and inexpensive way to decorate the garden to give a homely feel to it.
Thank you for reading and reviewing. :) x
Bless her - when I got re-housed my friend treated me to this garden ornament from Poundland. I have to say that the thought was there but I think it is gruesome and dare I say tacky? I have never been a garden gnome fan and cheered when I saw one of the latest Ikea ads on TV about getting rid of them. I hate my neighbour's solar snail (or is it a slug?) and the fake rabbit which lives outside in view of my garden plus the ladybird and fairies....
Maybe I am being really unfair as obviously these resin ornaments must appeal to many as they stock them everywhere - but not for me. This Bumble Bee is as seen in the Dooyoo picture and he stands about 20cm tall. I have just been to find him (he is hidden in my bushes) and I have to say that his face is quite cheery and innocent and he is well dressed - for a bee. He sits on a fake stone with 'welcome' on it and the creature is quite heavy but not too heavy that i can't pick him up to hide him again or bring him nearer to my front door when my friend comes to visit.
Maybe he will fade (we shall see) or crack in the cold weather (but knowing my luck he won't) or maybe I will grow to like him and bring him indoors on special occasions?
Good job we are not all the same, after all 'another man's trash is another man's treasure' and all that...
and it may be that he is extremely popular and it is me who has bad taste?? However, I feel a little mean now and would actually be quite upset if he got stolen or broken. He IS harmless after all - but I have an reputation and image to maintain lol......
~*~*~ Welcome Bee Ornament ~*~*~
~ What is it ~
This is a pottery bee ornament for the garden, it shows a happy little chap of a bee, standing upon a Welcome sign. It's a nice bright ornament which is just what my garden needed.
~ Price & Availability ~
This little bee ornament can be found in Poundland stores costing ... Yep, £1.
~ Cheap and Tacky? ~
I know, I know, one pound garden ornaments can be cheap and tacky looking but these are actually quite cute, I have bought numerous little garden ornaments in the past and I do like them, some of them can on occasion be ugly but generally they do have some nice ornaments in.
~ Brightening up Blighty! ~
With the appalling weather conditions of late, my garden is really suffering. In some parts there is even still snow on the ground, and in April I just do not think that is fair. Just the other day I decided as the sun was shining and the wind was blowing I would get all my bedding washed and on the line, I walked out to be greeted by my four garden steps to be covered in snow. There isn't even a daffodil in sight, it is pretty depressing if I am honest.
So when I saw these little fella's in Poundland I thought they would look nice in my 'flower' bed so I bought one. My 'flower' bed at the moment is just an earthy mass, apart from a withered looking rose bush so it desperately needed something!
I already own three garden gnomes from Poundland that I bought at least four years ago and they have survived the harsh winters and also a house move so I know that my £1 won't be £1 wasted. I also bought a little hedgehog, another gnome with a floppy looking hat and a Buddah but we'll keep them for a later review!
This little bee is a very welcome addition to the gnome crew with his cheery face and bright colours, he even has two cute metal antennas on his head! He is adorable, in a garden ornament sort of way!
~ Welcome say's Mr Bumble ~
Well, Mr Bumble stands at around 20cm's in height, maybe a little bit taller and he is stood upon a stone welcoming people to his little garden patch. He is actually hollow but there is a small hole in the bottom into which I have popped a few stones just to ensure that he stays upright.
Mr Bumble (an affectionate name, I think you'll agree) is simply a Welcome plaque/sign. And he does the job very well.
~ Overall's ~
Mr Bumble does actually wear overall's, dungaree's to be precise but this isn't a fashion parade I'll have you know, this is just my overall opinion.
In all I think this is a lovely little ornament, he has certainly added a bit of brightness to my rather dull looking garden along with his little friends, and he seems happy enough out there too.
I would expect him to weather well as my other ornaments have lasted so well over the years and so far he seems to be lasting the horrid weather and strong winds.
I would highly recommend that everyone garden has a cheery little Mr Bumble as he brings a bit of brightness to an otherwise boring space.
Hopefully, when the weather brightens my flowers will start to bloom and he will look well at home amongst the bright flowers.
Thanks for reading :o) x