I love water features. Unique water features are usually what sticks in my mind after visiting a garden and the gardens of Buffalo are no different. As I sit at home on this cold (winter?) day, I am looking back fondly at the photos of beautiful private gardens in Buffalo, New York from last August. You want to see great, creative gardens? Go visit Buffalo for their Garden Walk this summer! Possibly my favorite, the photo below shows this great large fountain, probably 4 feet tall, with a hidden basin underneath and a recirculating pump. I have no idea how the hole was drilled through to contain the plumbing, or if this is possibly a faux stone, but it definitely is a water feature I would want in my garden.… Read Full Post
The winter that will not end. At least we can think of summer and start making plans. Not sure where to start? Our grass areas can suffer, your flower beds may have been overtaken by weeds and even patios, brick work and fence panels can all look a little rugged and rough. However, if you are fortunate to have some outside space in your home, then you may like the idea of investing a little time and effort into it to make it a more usable space. Somewhere where you can enjoy your morning coffee. A place to sit and eat your lunch or enjoy a good book. Create an outside kitchen Many people like the idea of cooking outside and so you may want to consider an outside kitchen to make this easier..… Read Full Post
Why not consider injecting some life into your home this summer by bringing the garden indoors? Not only is it extremely fashionable to have lots of deep green foliage and colourful plants around the house, there’s a number of health benefits associated with bringing the garden indoors. With spring approaching, a lot of people will be focused on getting their garden ready for summer parties by planting beautiful flowers and tending to their lawn and looking for garden statues for sale, yet with so many benefits to bringing the garden indoors it might be worth considering making this an equal priority. 1. THEY IMPROVE AIR QUALITY We often forget how important the quality of the air we breathe each day is to our health.… Read Full Post
With summer fast approaching a great way to relax, exercise, and socialize is to consider building your very own swimming pool in your garden; however, it can be a tricky endeavor that requires some careful consideration. No doubt, at this time of year you’ll be thinking about getting your garden in shape and the thought of having such major work done in your back garden is prohibitive; indeed, it’s much nicer to focus on planting colourful combinations than bringing in diggers to excavate a massive hole in the middle of your lawn. Then there’s the trade-off to consider, as the pool is likely to take a huge chunk of your garden lawn out of the equation, yet the importance of your lawn is essential to the social ordinance of your garden; it’s where you’re likely to host barbecues and garden parties, play hide and seek, and all sorts of other fun summertime activities that might now be supplanted by swimming in the pool.… Read Full...
Everyone has a different name for the room that overlooks the garden. Sunroom, orangery, conservatory, garden room, extension and about 103 others. But no matter what you call yours, it is probably one of the most adored spaces in your home; that place you can go for a little peace and quiet, a little sunshine-therapy; an escape from all the distractions that fill your other rooms (yeah, we’re talking about your TV!). Of course, to make this the hallowed escape you can sneak off to unwind and relax in, you need to know how to design it effectively. The flood of natural sunlight and vibrant colors that burst from your garden are going to play a starring role themselves, but to get this space absolutely perfect for all those moments you want to escape, there is some essential information to soak yourself in; things that will make this room an absolute hit with you, your family and everyone that pops over for a cup of tea.… Read Full...
Some people like to use their garden for growing vegetables and flowers but that takes a fair amount of hard work. Why not consider using your garden as a great entertaining space instead? When the summer comes back around it’s the perfect place for hosting parties and bbq’s (and you can even set it up for some winter evening events!). It’ll take a bit of work to get it all set up, so here are a few tips and tricks to get you going. Patio Area When you’re creating the perfect entertainment area in the garden you need to build a focal point in the garden where you can put furniture for people to sit around. Proficient Patios is one good option because it’s a no fuss staging area that doesn’t require much upkeep.… Read Full Post
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