This summer my family will be at the water park at least once a week. We love to play in the wave pool and sit around on our towels chatting as we dry off. I sometimes sit on the chair for an hour or more while the kids play in the pool. Now I can easily find my chairs in a snap because they are covered with my custom personalized beach towels that really stand out.
Time flies, and before you know it, spring is already over. As the season changes to summer, everyone will be on the hunt to enjoy the warmth of the sun. But for many, the longer days of summer doesn’t seem to be enough.
When the sun sets, it doesn’t mean that the fun is already over. It could be that you have guests to entertain or you’re just looking to spend some quality time with your family. Your garden area should allow you extend your time outdoors whatever the case is. However, this will not be possible without garden lighting.
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American families enjoy just 37 minutes of quality time together on the average weekday, according to the New York Post. Spending time with family creates fun moments and strengthens relationships. In this modern era, we find ourselves more occupied with work while kids are obsessed with electronic gadgets. As the leader of the family unit, its the parent’s job to create a firm foundation for strong bonds. Here’s how you can use your garden to keep your family happy, connected and together.
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Wildflower gardens are wildly popular. They are beautiful and take less maintenance than specialty gardens. Some gardeners will reject the idea of planting wildflowers, considering them as little more than weeds. It is important to note, that in reality, every flower is a wildflower.
A wildflower is simply a flower that grows naturally in a particular place. Every state, region, and the country has a variety of lovely wildflowers that specifically grow in that area.
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Is your yard lacking something? With the popularity of planned developments, many houses these days seem to be missing the thing that gives a lawn striking personality: trees! A surprising number of new homeowners overlook adding trees to their yard, perhaps put-off by the hefty price tag and lack of experience. Fortunately, tree husbandry is much easier than one would expect, and we’ve got the tips to help you succeed.
Everyone comes back to life when warmer weather hits. The sun is out and plants are finally in full bloom. What better way to celebrate all that greenery than by throwing a garden party? The following steps will make your home ready for entertaining.
Understand the Seasons
The garden invites a mystical, almost fairytale vibe. Play it up by stringing lights along your bushes and patio for a soft and cozy feel. These lights also make a comfortable transition into the evening and keep the party going. A theme like that works well for late May and early June, where it’s not super-hot yet. July and August are when summer has truly arrived. This is a season that invites luaus and backyard barbecues. Get that pig on a spit and break out the tiki torches.
Most first-time gardeners struggle to be successful with their gardens. You don’t have to be one of the ones who fail from the beginning, though. Instead, follow these four tips to help you keep your garden thriving.
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Contributed by Wendy Dessler
Today, most home gardeners plant their gardens with wildflower mixtures that grow well and produce vibrant colors in their gardens. While that is perfectly acceptable, it is possible to plant usable flowers in your garden. Many of us like to know what a plant can do for us. Whether or not we use the natural remedies of nature is up to us. But it stands as a great and meaningful conversation about our flower beds.
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As we near the end of fall, the temperatures really start to drop and the nights start to draw in; it’s now that you want to start ticking off your list of winter garden jobs. For many though, this is the time of year that our gardens slip to the back of our minds as we start spending more time indoors.
However, just because the bright blooms of summer have died back and leaves are starting to fall from the trees, doesn’t mean the season to enjoy our gardens is over! If you get smart with what you plants, you can have a beautiful garden all year round.
The trick is to choose the right plants with aspects that still deliver visually during colder weather. The best choices are shrubs, bushes, and trees.
Here are some top picks for you to plant in your garden this winter.
1. Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)
When choosing what to grow in your garden, don’t make the mistake of only thinking about flowers. Plants that provide texture, especially during the winter, are ideal for creating an all round, all seasons garden.
The Paperbark Maple is perfect for the addition of texture to your garden. All year round the brown bark on its branches and trunk peels back in thin layers to reveal the brighter red colored wood beneath.
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No matter the season, gardens are always in. They are the reflection of their homeowners and their idea of what this outdoor space means for them. Even if you or your guests are unaware of this, it’s somehow always in the back of their mind. The garden shows how we perceive our day to day life, maybe even more than our interior. So we offer some great little advice that can help tie in your garden’s look and make it feel like the safe haven it should be.
Define your space
Have you decided on what you’ll be using your garden for? Will it be a quiet oasis for meditation, a place for friends and family to gather, or a barbecue party area? Once you have a clear image of what kind of space you wish to create, it becomes much easier to visualize the kind of furniture, colors, and décor you’re after. A defined space will dictate the key centerpieces of the garden, the ones that will attract the most attention – whether it be a lounging swing, a barbecue, or a pond.
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