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Byline: Susan Riddell LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU

ALTHOUGH I have a penchant for hanging baskets, I quickly learned that I'm not at the stage where I actually enjoy full-on gardening.

The two that I did purchase have passed on since I started writing this. God rest their souls.

If there was such a thing as the RSPCP or the Plants Trust, my hanging baskets would've been confiscated and I would be doing jail time for neglect.

Since I'm too lazy for the responsibility of real plants, I've started to become obsessed with garden decorations, mostly of the lighting-up variety. It all began innocently enough with a few chic-looking metal lanterns but rapidly went downhill when I discovered paper lanterns.

They were on a three-for-two deal and I got a bit carried away.

The result? My back garden now resembles Chinatown. I then discovered twinkly lights for my (artificial) greenery, which I've since removed due to the Santa's Grotto effect it created.

I don't want to be known as the crazy neighbour who puts up Christmas decorations in August. The thing about all of these lighting-up-thegarden decorations is that they're all solar powered, so unless you want to sit round your back garden in the dead of night then you never really get a chance to admire them.

That didn't stop me though, as well as the lanterns and the twinkly lights I went a bit mad for glow-in-the-dark pathway markers.

I finally curbed my addiction when my mum saw the display and commented that all that was missing now was an air-traffic controller to turn it into a fully fledged runway.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 8, 2014
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