better outdoor living at home spring


Springtime’s Flowering Vignettes

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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. […]

Sprucing Up the Landscaping

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Overgrown or neglected landscape beds can really detract from the beauty and enjoyment of your yard. If these areas are visible from the street, they can really detract from your home’s curb appeal, too. We worked on this residential project a bit ago. We added many beautiful features and amenities to the house’s various outdoor […]

How to Keep Cats Out of Plant Beds

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Trying to find a successful way to keep cats from using your plant beds and gardens as a litter box can be quite frustrating. I’ve been in the same boat. No matter what effort I made to deter neighborhood cats from getting into the plant and flower beds, nothing seemed to work for the long […]

A Fall Tea

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The wonderful thing about having a tea is the time spent sipping tea, and eating sandwiches and sweets. An even more wonderful thing about a tea is the time spent with family and friends and the endless conservation around the table as you catch up on all the new happenings. I started having teas about […]

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