How to Create A Flawless Winter Garden

The UK is experiencing the most ruthless winter freeze in over half a decade. In such conditions, your garden must be full of snow. However, instead of mourning over a snow filled garden (which will remain the same throughout January), consider a winter garden and revamp it to look good!

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UK’s national garden room company, Oeca Garden Rooms, has years of experience in maintaining gardens. They were kind enough to give pointers on some minute things to make your garden look perfect during the winters. Here are some of them:

Plan the layout of the garden

They greatly emphasised you should have a garden layout which would work for all seasons – during summer when flowers are at their peak and around winter when all botanical elements start dying off. In such scenarios, it is highly recommended that you keep the flower beds raised and make hedges. Furthermore, always pick up and dispose dead plants to give your garden a neat appearance.

Decorate your garden

Beautify your garden with some classic lanterns and fairy lights. Preferably, you can hang them from any structure and use them as sole sources of illumination during night. This would make the white, snowcapped garden appear even better. Alternatively, to keep the Christmas spirit alive, you may pin some festive ribbons on the trees or hang colourful LED bulbs throughout the garden.

Plant winter flowers

Winter flowers are perfect to garnish your garden. Place your flowers in a way that they’re safe from the merciless chilled winds and still receive a bit of sunshine, which is rare during winter season. Near the house is highly recommended. With this done, plant some winter aconites. These yellow flowers have everything to light up your snowcapped garden by adding a fantastic colour to it. They also give sweet and light fragrance.

Other than that, you can plant some rosebud cherries to add a sensitive pink touch to your garden. Moreover, you may use common sweet boxes aka sarcococca confusa to add an elegant grey element to your garden. Pair them with some fragrant ivory flowers along with black berries and you’ll have yourself a spectacular looking garden!

Use winter pots

Winter pots are a great way of adding a colourful effect to your winter garden. It is recommended that you get stoneware so the cold winds are countered effectively. However, again, place the pots such that they could get sunlight.

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Focus On These Key Areas For A More Complete Home

Being comfortable and happy within the security of your own home is a vital thing which everyone needs. The truth is, when this is lacking, it can be really damaging to a person’s psychology. The home is not just where you go to relax. For most people, it is where their real living gets done. It is important, therefore, that it is as happy and comfortable a place as possible. Achieving this is no small feat, sure – but nor is it particularly challenging. With the right kind of attitude and approach, you can easily turn the key areas of your house into the kind of space you are happy to call a home.

If you have started to feel that your home is not complete somehow, then there are some common culprits which you might want to look at. The fact is, improving any of these key areas will make a huge difference to how you feel at home. And that, in turn, will dramatically affect how you feel about life. Don’t believe me? Read on and try out a few of these tips for yourself. I guarantee you will notice a difference in no time at all.

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Bedroom

For most people, the bedroom is the ultimate place of relaxation and escape. With our hectic modern lives being the way they are, it is essential to have some space which you can call your own. The trick is to make this space one which is suitable to you as an individual. Of course, achieving that is easier said than done. But that doesn’t mean that it is impossible – far from it. To give your bedroom that much-needed boost, think about making comfort a priority. It goes without saying that a good place to start is with the bed. As long as you can make the bed as comfortable as possible, it is likely that the rest of the room will simply fall into place. Look for some Vispring mattress advice on what to put on your bed. If you choose right, it is likely that your bedroom will come alive in no time at all.

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Kitchen

The majority of modern individuals tend to really enjoy spending time in the kitchen. It is, for many, a favourite part of the house. This goes some way to explaining why it is that the kitchen is the most valuable room in any house. It’s true – more value is added to the house after a kitchen renovation than just about anything else. To give your house a fuller sense of being home, it might be necessary for you to spend some time working on the kitchen. If yours is like most homes, you have probably let your kitchen get overrun with non-kitchen related things. It usually become cluttered with random belongings. This is no good; it is time to reclaim your kitchen for what it was meant for – cooking!

Garden

Finally, remember not to let the garden go to waste. It can be all too easy, particularly in the winter months, to allow it to be overrun. However, this only makes for a house which does not feel all that much like a home. For a renewed feeling of energy in your home, seriously consider spending some time getting a little green-fingered. You won’t regret it, particularly in the glorious summer months.

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Tempted By Wooden Garden Furniture? Here’s What To Look For

High-quality wooden garden furniture will look great in your outside space, and last a long, long time. But how do you know the good from the bad? Here’s what you should be looking out for.

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Size

It might seem obvious, but many people forget about the size of their garden when they start looking for furniture. Bear in mind that a lot of furniture – particularly the high-quality pieces we are talking about here – are delivered. So, it’s important to make sure you have the correct measurements to ensure your new table and chairs fit. This is especially true with made to order pieces – and if they don’t fit, you may face a hefty bill.

Construction

Even the strongest wood won’t last long if it has been constructed poorly. Look for furniture that has substantial fittings and hardware, and has enough connections that can take a healthy weight. For example, armless chairs can often be weaker because there is little support for the legs and backrest. That’s not to say your pieces need to be bulky. But there does need to be some support in relative terms. It can be devastating if you spend a small fortune on a one-off garden set, only for it to break after a couple of seasons.

Wood Types

Teak is the obvious choice for any wooden garden furniture. It’s strong, long lasting, and hardy throughout the seasons. But because it can be expensive, there are alternatives for those who don’t have the budget. Eucalyptus, if looked after correctly, can last as long as teak. But it does need regular treatment with a sealant once or twice a year. Cedar is another option. Again, it requires an annual treatment, but could last a couple of decades if you give it the right level of care. A final option is to go for rattan garden furniture. It’s made from palm trees and is very hardy, and great value. Plus, it is a sustainable material that grows quickly and has less impact on the environment.

Fittings

Metal fittings on your wooden furniture look great at first, but there is always the danger that they will corrode and rust over time. If you are worried about this, look for corrosion-free aluminum fittings that will last the distance. It’s also a good idea to buy covers for your furniture for when it rains. Once water droplets start getting inside the fittings, it can increase the likelihood of rust. Sure, it can be a pain to put them on every time it rains, but if you want to keep your garden furniture in great condition, it is worth the hassle.

Cushions

When you have spent a lot of money on some attractive wooden furniture, you want to know that you can sit in your patio or garden in comfort. Make sure that the cushions that come with your furniture are nice and thick and have machine-washable covers. You should also go for a UV stabilized finish, so they keep their good looks.

As you can see, there are plenty of things to think about when it comes to buying great wooden furniture. However, with this guide, you should be in an excellent position to make the best choice.

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Give Your Garden A New Lease Of Life With These 4 Simple Upgrades

Want to make your garden a more interesting and fun place? Now is the perfect time to do it, so we thought we would give you a few pointers on the upgrades that can make a difference to any home. It doesn’t matter how big or small your garden is. With a little planning, these features can all be pulled off with aplomb, and encourage you and your family to spend more time outside.

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Patio area

Patios are perfect for garden parties. They give you an outside space to use when the grass is wet and acts as a great visual bridge between your home and the garden. If you have the time and expertise, it can be an excellent DIY project to complete. But if you are after something more intricate, it might be worth getting in touch with some paver installers who can add a more professional – and luxurious – touch. It’s worth spending a little extra to get a higher quality of stone. The better slabs you use, the longer they will last, and they will need a lot less maintenance to keep them looking great.

Lighting

Thanks to solar power technology, it costs very little to install a little lighting in your garden. You can pick up solar lights for a few dollars a piece in many home and garden stores, and they cost nothing to run. They will soak up energy all day long and then turn on when it gets dark. That little bit of light can help you extend your late nights in the garden, and provide guests with a safe route to and from different areas during summer parties.

Water feature

Ever wanted a great-looking water feature in your garden? They give you an impressive centerpiece and can also attract different types of wildlife to your home. And, there is nothing more relaxing than sitting back on a warm summer’s night with a glass of wine and the soft gurgling sound of water trickling through rocks. There’s a great guide to creating your own water feature over at The Family Handyman, or you could go for something a lot more eye catching.

Treehouse

If you have large trees in your garden area, then a tree house is well worth investigating. It can provide your kids with a brilliant place to get up close with nature, and even give you and your partner somewhere to have a nice and romantic evening under the stars. Take a look at Tree Top Builders Inc for some inspiration. If you have the skills, we would always recommend building your own. However, for safety reasons it might be worth hiring a professional company to do the job for you.

Giving your garden a boost doesn’t have to cost a fortune. And, if you have any DIY skills in your locker, these are great little projects that you can do yourself. Do you have any tips to share? If so, we would love to hear from you, so don’t forget to leave your advice in the comments section below.

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Awesome Garden Inspiration for Green Fingers

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The bad weather that comes with winter is nearly over, which means we’re all looking forward to being back out in the garden and enjoying it again. Planning barbecues, garden parties, or simply just sitting outside in the sun, there’s nothing better than the great outdoors during Summer. If you want to enjoy your garden even more this year then take a look through some of our awesome garden inspiration, guaranteed to get your green fingers twitching.

 

Bumblebee Heaven

We’ve all been worried about the decline in the bee population over the last few years, and those who love their garden know how important these misunderstood creatures are. Some of the best garden inspiration for 2014 comes from those who are trying to save the bumblebee, by creating a haven of pollen and nectar in their gardens. This wonderful idea serves two purposes; it will ensure your garden looks brightly coloured and fantastic, as well as giving bees more of a chance at survival. Invest in some plants and flowers that attract bees, and see what a difference you can make in your garden this year.

 

Outside Office

We cannot get enough of this idea that has been circulating around the web for a little while now. Outside offices are a big thing, and even Microsoft have taken to the trend, with their treehouse office in London. You don’t have to be a corporate giant like Microsoft to have an office outside, as thousands of people take to converting their sheds or outhouses into a workplace. If you don’t have a lot of space outside then you can find futuristic office pods, ready made and ready to slot into your garden. Gone are the days of working in a stuffy office during the warm Summer months, and here’s to working in the garden.

 

Green Wall

Talking of workplaces, this is another idea that has come from the offices and is now being used in gardens and homes everywhere. A green wall is effectively a wall, or fence; that is completely covered in greenery. First introduced in offices, in order to bring a bit of outside in, these beautiful pieces can now be seen in homes and gardens across the globe. Getting one installed can be quite pricey, but you can make your own using fencing panels and climbing plants.

 

Upcycled Garden Furniture

Upcycling is huge at the moment, with everyone trying to turn their old furniture into something a bit more appealing. The trend isn’t restricted to just inside the home though, as more people look at upcycling their old garden furniture and accessories. This is an instant way to spruce up your garden, without having to spend a fortune on new furniture. If you have wooden garden furniture that’s looking a bit worse for wear, then sand it down and give it a lick of paint. Pretty much anything in your garden can be turned into something, even old pallets which can be used as flower beds or tables and chairs. Instead of throwing away your old tat, see what you can make from it.

 

Are your creative juices flowing now? It’s nearly time to put on those gardening gloves and get to it, just wait until this wind and rain die down a bit first.

 

 

 

 

 

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