Summer is almost upon us and, as eating al fresco is one of this season’s greatest joys, leading design house Neptune have come up with the three essentials that every garden will be thankful for.
From barbecues to supper under the stars, if the weather is on our side we hope to be eating as many meals as possible in the fresh air. So let us introduce every garden’s three summer amigos: table, chairs, and parasol.
When it comes to outdoor dining, Neptune’s solid teak Bordeaux dining table seats six and is a good place to start. Its timeless design and round shape softens any outdoor scheme, but rectangular versions are also available should you prefer them.
Given Ireland’s fickle climate, a parasol is always a reassuring thing to have, providing shade from strong sunlight and shelter from those sudden showers that disappear almost as soon as they arrive.
Made from canvas fabric reminiscent of ships’ sails, Neptune’s Antibes parasol has timber spokes which are lovely to look up at when the canopy is fully open.
But what is a garden table without chairs that are spacious and comfortable enough for lounging on while you dine or unwind?
The Pesaro, with its comfy weatherproof cushion, is woven from what Neptune likes to call its “all-weather wicker”, making it an ideal garden seat.
Another delightful and durable garden seat is the Chatto armchair. While it is not imperative that the Chatto is covered or taken in during bad weather, ideally it should not be left outdoors all year.
If you are looking for garden seating that can be left outside in all weathers and still look great, then Neptune’s simple but sleek Asthall chair is a great option to consider.
With a frame made from galvanised steel and its Swiss-made polyethylene weave, which is the same material used on the soles of skis, the Asthall can take the worst of the Irish climate in its stride.
Indeed, you can rest assured the materials Neptune uses in its garden furniture will all live quite happily outdoors and none will ask too much from you.
For a list of Irish stockists visit www.neptune.com