I am putting my best new Backdoorshoes forward for the new gardening season. The new pair came from my recent day at the Garden Press Event (@GardenPresEvent on Twitter), which is the most wonderful day in London aimed at garden writers and communicators.
All the top garden tool brands, seed companies, rose and plant producers, garden product sellers and so much more is on show. It brings me up-to-date with company anniversaries, with personnel changes and all sorts of information, much of which will percolate down through the coming months… but back to my shoes
Backdoorshoes® (@Backdoorshoes) is British, its story is fun and the shoes are light, comfortable to work in and I wouldn’t be without them. My first pair (looking a bit tired and dusty… but still comfy) are destined for use on the allotment so will always be in the car in future (I know I should walk there, but it is just too far with all the stuff to carry etc!), and the new pair will be ‘at home’ at the backdoor.
Stephen Avery had the idea: he needed a pair of shoes to get down the garden without putting on wellington boots or getting his indoor footwear dirty. A medical friend offered him some white theatre clogs to try out… Stephen decided to funk them up and transformed them into the fun shoes that they are today, using computer-generated images. In the beginning there were only five designs. Now there are over 25, with more on the way.
I think they are terrific and fit like a (foot) glove. Backdoorshoes® are offering a discount valid until 15 April 2017 when you spend £25 or over online at www.backdoorshoes.co.uk. The code is 15%GARDENPOST.
My new pair are covered with sunflowers, they are sunny and bright. Do you think my feet look too bright in them? Myself, I don’t think so… They look good as I step into my garden today to check out the Iris reticulata, one of the most welcome late winter, early spring bulbs in the garden.
Still flowering today are small clumps of aconites. Note to self: it would be good to have more of these sunny faces in the garden at this time of year.
Another favourite for me at this time is Skimmia japonica. On frosty mornings a while back it made a wonderful show, and now even on a grey day, it is just beginning to show colour.