better outdoor living at home spring

Are You Ready For Spring?

Is that a silly question, or what? About this time of the winter season, we all can get a bit of cabin fever, and begin to feel that spring just can’t get here soon enough!   So to hold us over until spring actually arrives on March 20 this year (2014), a little reminder of […]

12 Spectacular Tulips ~ A Perennial a Week

Is there anything as lovely as a vase filled with tulips? If you have ever flipped through the pages of a bulb catalog, you know how easy it is to get lost in the beauty of the endless varieties and colors of tulips. One is prettier than the next!   Taking the time and care […]

Yes! There Are Flowering Shrubs That Bloom in Summer – Knock Out Roses

Flowering shrubs and the season of spring go hand-in-hand. It seems springtime is just brimming with so many different flowering shrubs  – like lilacs, spirea, azalea, viburnum.   Even though that time of year can be so beautiful, it seems it’s over too quickly, wouldn’t you agree? The spring blooming season doesn’t last as long […]

Springtime’s Flowering Vignettes

After the long winter, it is so wonderful to see the spring flowers in bloom. Spring bulbs, flowering trees and shrubs, and early spring perennials paint a picture that one never grows tired of seeing each year. It’s a sight to behold! Large and small flowering vignettes pop up here and there in most every […]

Do You Start Your Garden Plants From Seed?

Many people love to start their gardens indoors before the winter is over. And really, that’s a good way to begin your summer garden with a little larger plant. It also can be a great way to save money, and who wouldn’t like that! I bought a few seed packets a few years ago from […]

Mums – Fall Flowers in the Colors of Summer

Yes, it’s that ‘back to school’ time of year, almost the end of summer. I don’t know about you, but I don’t let go of summer so easily. Really, the weather is still great and there’s so much outdoor living to do yet.   I like summer so much that I like to use its […]

How to Cut a Hanging Basket Liner and Get a Perfect Fit

Have you ever tried to get a hanging basket liner in a decorative hanging basket and can’t quite get it to fit? Here is a quick and easy way to get a nice smooth fit and create a beautiful hanging basket to enjoy all season. This summer I discovered a really simple solution for getting […]

Decorate Your Spring Mantle with Your Outdoors

Since neither one of us has an outdoor mantle, we had an idea for an outdoor-indoor spring mantle. Our concept for this springtime mantle was to use living materials from the outdoors. None of the plant material used for the decorations here was artificial. We created an outdoor-indoor spring mantle by bringing the outdoors inside. […]

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