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Wonderful Garden Accessories Brighten

It seems that most of us love a green space to relax in these days and it is certainly a good way to get away from the rush of everyday living. If the garden is laid out beautifully, anyone who wants to buy a new home will certainly be swayed by how it looks. Indeed, some experts say that it is the garden that sells the house in the first place. Bird houses and water fountains just add to the whole effect so this money is well spent for future sales for sure.

Garden centers, and do-it-yourself stores, usually have great selections of this kind of equipment. But probably the best, and most varied, choice is available online. These stores collect goods from around the world and bring them together all in one place. The choice is often phenomenal too with sizes made to fit into any garden or home itself.

The idea of bringing the outside inside the home is not new. This phenomenon started centuries ago with plants and trees being put into pots so that the home would have a lovely green look to it. These days, however, there are many more accoutrements that can be added to lift the decor and make the place look smart and chic at the same time.

Try placing a few plants under a glass-topped coffee table to bring some interest to this place, or just put a few plants in a group at the base of the stairs. Anything like this will do and they can be moved at will until the right look is achieved. Indeed, those who are afraid of killing off the plants have been told by experts to just ditch them regularly and bring in new ones when they are looking a little yellowed or diseased!

Outside areas are the perfect place to let the imagination run wild. Some people have resorted to building in fully functional fire places complete with chimney breast. The enclosed seating too makes this a wonderful meeting point for family and friends, but if this sounds too over the top, try doing something a little less formal.

Fire stoves are wonderful little gadgets that can be placed here and there for when there are family gatherings. Since they are highly portable, these gadgets go where the people are. Fired by charcoal or wood, these gadgets throw a lot of heat out and are great for barbeque times when the weather is chilled.

Also putting in little nooks around the place is a good way to make private hideaways for those times when someone just wants to read a book etc. There are some wonderfully rustic benches available online and this would be the ideal seating to put in such a place.

For those who have been inspired to try changing their home areas, try first to make a floor plan of the space which is going to be renovated or tidied up. Then put in measurements for all the kinds of things that one wants to bring to the area. Even a few inches extra on a seat will throw the balance off for sure.

Cool Accessories Make The Home And Garden

Many of us love our gardens to the point that we want to spend most of our time out there amongst nature. Bird houses and water fountains make the experience even better and it is to this end that some websites have all kinds of goodies on offer to make life that much more comfortable. Indeed, just a quick look through some of these sites really gives an idea of just how many bits and pieces can be used to improve our living spaces.

In the garden, furniture is about the one thing that some people make a mistake with. If the garden has a country flower feel to it, try putting in some rustic seating to enhance that feeling. If the garden is sparse and Zen like, rustic seating will look totally out-of- place for sure. Here, clean lined seating, with little fuss or decoration, is the order of the day and will surely make the place look very tranquil indeed.

Nooks and niches can also be created with winding paths, even if the garden is rather very small. By creating the winding look to the whole thing, people are fooled into thinking that they are walking further than they actually are. Seating arrangements can be placed in amongst the trees to allow for private trysts or meetings, with perhaps the odd place for a quiet read to take place too.

Further into the garden a flower arbor will look great, particularly if there is a swinging seat underneath. This lovely idea is great for those romantic evenings, when the kids are asleep, for the parents to just reconnect after a heavy day at work. Candle light here is a good idea since most people do not like the glare from electric lights when they want to relax.

Outside the living or dining room, many people put in some great decking to extend the room beyond the normal size. This also gives the impression that the room is larger than it looks and is great for those who do not want to go right into the garden for some peace.

Within the home, table water features are a good idea to bring peace and tranquility too. The tinkling of cool water over piles of artistically piled pebbles really sets off the decor and many people have more than one scattered about the place. These, added to some lovely wind chimes which make an equally peaceful sound, are the ideal way to ensure that some peace prevails.

Since most people these days love to make their homes a haven of peace, adding some cool accessories like this is probably the perfect way to ensure that the place looks and sounds wonderful. Scented candles too will give a lovely atmosphere and some even have calming effects too.

Finally, the home is that one place where we should be able to hide away from the world and be at peace. By adding some of these exciting accessories, we just make our ‘nest’ that much more comfortable to be in.

A Fire Resistant Home and Garden

Certain parts of the country are especially prone to fires. Dry wild grasses and trees that come right up to your home will create a fire hazard. There are things you should do to protect your home.

Clear Vegetation

Thirty feet is the minimum required distance of clear vegetation. However, it can be necessary to clear up to 400 feet of an area near the home. You should consider the following factors: wind, slope, neighborhood density, and architectural styles. In other words, will a fire spread quickly or slowly? And, if it does, will your home catch fire easily or not.

Remove Dead Plants

Remove any dead plants in or around your home. If a tree is mostly healthy, but has some dead branches, cut the dead branches off.

Keep Plants Watered

During the heat of the summer keep all the plants watered well.

Plant Placement

Don’t place plants right next to the home. Instead, create islands that are 30 feet or more away from the home.

Maintenance

Keep shrubs and trees to minimal growth. Larger trees and shrubs growing out of control are more of a hazard then well controlled smaller plants.

Siding

Avoid materials that burn. Stucco or aluminum siding is better than wood.

Fences

Use metal, stone, or vinyl. Stay away from wood fencing.

Decks

Build with stone, concrete, masonry, or tile. Avoid using wood.

Fire hose

If possible, set up a pump to work with your fire hose. Make sure the fire hose can reach all around your home. If you have a pool or hot tub, set up your pump and fire hose to use this water.

Ivy For Your Home and Garden

This plant, in some of its varieties, is probably the most popular ornament of the parlor. The ease of culture, its beautiful foliage, its rapid growth, and evergreen character all combine to make it a favorite.

The soil should be a rich loam; the richer the soil the more rapid will be the growth. Yet avoid stimulating manures. Slips root readily, taken off at any leaf joint, and placed either in earth or water; in the latter they will soon throw out roots, and may then be transferred to pots.

The only precaution to be taken in growing ivy is to keep it from frost while in growth and if frozen, to keep the sun away from it, thawing it out with cold water from whatever garden water feature you possess. In summer the plants may be set out of doors, and will make vigorous growth.

There are many species, of which the most common is Hedera Helix, the common twining ivy, a native of Europe, of which there are many varieties. The leaves of these varieties vary quite a bit and many distinctions have been founded on these variations.

There are two very beautiful kinds, the silver and golden, the foliage being beautifully variegated with white and gold. The Tree or Aborescent Ivy is merely a form of the common variety, which is shown by its returning to the primal Aborescent form not infrequently. The leaves are entire, and the plant often, retains its form for years.

H. Roegneriana is a variety with large, heart-shaped leaves, which is much esteemed.

H. digitata, the palmate or hand-shaped Ivy is a pretty variety, of rapid growth; the leaves are small, dark, and veined. This is often called, erroneously, the Irish Ivy.

H. Canariensis is the Irish, or Giant Ivy, the leaves are five-lobed, and larger than those of the common ivy. This type of ivy may not be best for areas where patio statuary is on display since it can grow quite large and overshadow the statues.

Almost all the varieties of nurserymen’s’ catalogs are merely forms of these, with peculiar foliage.

The Golden Ivy is a splendid plant; when the young
leaves come out it resembles a mass of yellow flowers. Ivies are grown in hanging baskets, around windows, made to trail around picture frames and looking glasses; indeed, they may be made decorative in the highest degree.

The plants should always be well supplied with water, though it should never be allowed to stand at the roots. Large plants of the common varieties may be procured inexpensively. The ornamental foliaged varieties are somewhat pricier.

If you have ivy growing out of doors (and it will thrive if you keep the winter’s sun away from it), a pretty effect may be produced by cutting large branches, and keeping them in vases or outdoor fountains of rain water. They will grow well all winter, and planted in spring make nice plants for autumn.

The plant commonly known as German Ivy is not an ivy; the botanical name is Senecio Scandens. It is deservedly popular, from its rapid growth and its freedom from insects. The Coliseum Ivy is a species of Snap-dragon, as may be seen from an examination of the flowers, and a very pretty plant it is; botanically it is Linaria Cymbalaria.