I love being outdoors! I want to be outside as much as I can. I love being out in the rain, snow, frost and hail – but only when I am dry – being soaked in the rain is fun for the first few moments, but very rapidly becomes cold and miserable, not an experience I would choose to repeat!
When I visited the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, back in July, I overheard a group of ladies by the Garden Girl stand, wondering how effective the Garden Girl Rain Poncho might be. This was not the first time have heard folk wondering what this poncho is like to use – I have often heard this poncho discussed, but never have I heard anyone with any experience of the product comment, it’s only been ladies who have been attracted by the appearance of the product but haven’t tried it, enquiring about its effectiveness. Having seen so many ladies looking and wondering about this poncho, I decided to discover more about this garment myself.
Ponchos are very useful, they’re designed to offer protection from the elements, rather than provide warmth. If you team your poncho with an outfit which complements the current season, I am sure you’ll find yourself enjoying wearing this useful garment all year round. The Garden Girl Rain Poncho is supplied in its own pretty bag, being more compact and lighter weight than a coat, the Garden Girl Rain Poncho is easy to keep close at hand in a larger handbag, in the car, or at the office. It would also be a welcome addition to take on holiday, particularly if you’re holidaying in the United Kingdom, or somewhere with inclement or unpredictable weather!
The length of the Garden Girl Poncho makes it very wearable and ensures the wearer will stay dry, whether they are out walking in the rain or sitting down. It’s great to find a waterproof garment that offers such versatility, as so often you find coats lacking in their coverage once you’ve sat down. I hung my Garden Girl Poncho on a coat hanger and measured the length of the garment from top to bottom, it measures about 106cm (42 inches) in length – I hope this information will help you if you’re looking for a waterproof garment.
The Garden Girl Poncho has been thoughtfully designed, it has a number of features which allow the wearer to adjust the poncho to suit their needs and requirements. There is a popper in the section under the chin, which allows the wearer to tighten or loosen this area to suit them. There’s actually a lot of poppers on this poncho – the arms and sides of the poncho feature poppers down each side, this allows the wearer to undo the poppers and use as a traditional poncho, without sleeves and open at the sides, or to close the poppers, and wear either with sleeves and open at the sides, or closed at the sides with sleeves – it’s very versatile! The poppers are easy to open and close, I’ve not experienced any problems with the poppers opening of their own accord, they are quick, efficient and easy to use.
There is a small toggle at the back of the Garden Girl Poncho, this allows the wearer to cinch the garment in at the waist to create a different look and shape. The Garden Girl Poncho is a ‘one size’ product, ideal if you’re giving a gift and are unsure of the recipient’s dress size. There are also toggles to tighten or loosen the hood as you require.
I admired the colours and the floral design of the Garden Girl Poncho, the colouring of this poncho is lovely, it looks pretty and cheerful, even in dismal weather. This poncho is subtle enough not to stand out, whether you’re wearing it in the High Street or in the countryside, it’s not brash or too bright in its colouration. I like the design of the attractive floral pattern, which features stylised roses and other flowers, together with wheat and foliage. Garden Girl offer a variety of products in the same, similar and co-ordinating colours.
The Garden Girl Rain Poncho is thicker in weight and texture than some of the other ponchos I have tried, it feels more durable than the lighter ponchos I have looked at and worn, and as a consequence it’s not easily blown by the wind, benefitting the wearer by not constantly lifting up or moving with the wind – which can be frustrating on a blustery day! The material offers effective waterproof protection, with the rain water beading and running off the garment.
I enjoy wearing this adjustable, waterproof poncho, it’s lovely to have fun outdoors in the rain, whilst staying dry and warm. I have included the Garden Girl Rain Poncho in my Christmas Presents For Gardeners article, as I have found this garment to be versatile, effective, useful and attractive. Sold as a ‘one size’ product, it’s an easy present to give if you’re unsure of the recipient’s dress size. This is a useful item of clothing, which the recipient could enjoy wearing throughout the year. The Garden Girl Rain Poncho comes in its own waterproof bag, I think it would make a super present this Christmas, or indeed at any time of year.
Other articles and links that may interest you…………………………
To visit the Garden Girl Website, please click here.
To see my recommended, trialled, tested, and reviewed list of gifts for gardeners for 2017, including talks and events for 2018, please click here.
To read my 2016 recommended, trialled and tested gifts for gardeners, please click here.
To read my review of a lovely new book, ‘The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood’ by Kathryn Aalto, please click here.
To read my review of the My Kitchen Food Dehydrator from Lakeland, please click here.
To read my review of the Espresso Mushroom Company’s Pearl Oyster Mushroom and Hot Pink Mushroom growing kits, (yes, you really can grow your own delicious pink mushrooms indoors!) please click here.
To read my review of the BiOrbAir, a specialised, automated terrarium from Reef One that features an ultra sonic misting unit and automatic watering system, please click here.
To read about live, growing Christmas trees, available from Wheeler Street Nursery in Witley, in Surrey, please click here.
To read my review of Richard Mabey’s latest book, ‘The Cabaret of Plants Botany and The Imagination’, please click here.
To read my review of the Trug Makers hand-made trug No. 7, which is hand-crafted, using traditional methods in Sussex, please click here.
To read my review of Stephen Woodham’s latest book, ‘Garden Design Solutions: Ideas for Outdoor Spaces’, please click here.
To read my review of Lakeland’s Apple Master, an amazing device which peels, cores and slices apples in super quick time, please click here.
To read my interview with David Neale, an award winning Garden Designer based in Guildford in Surrey, please click here.
To read about Dalefoot Composts’ peat-free compost, made from sheep’s wool and bracken, and find out more about gardening in containers, please click here.
To read my review of the Espresso Mushroom Company’s Wild Flower Tea Seedbombs, please click here.
To read a review of Louise Curley’s new book, ‘The Crafted Garden’, please click here.
To read my review of the EarthBox, a specially developed container growing system, please click here.
To read my review of Burgon & Ball’s Weed Slice and Burgon & Ball’s Short Handled Weed Slice, please click here.
To read the results of my 2015 Sweet Pea Trial, please click here.
If you’re looking for reputable suppliers of snowdrops, sold ‘in the green’, please click here.
For gardening advice of what you could do at your allotment or in your garden from mid-November until mid-December, please click here.
For gardening advice of what you could do in your garden or at your allotment from mid-December until mid-January, please click here.