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The Partnership Of Vines And Windows

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Vines and windows just naturally go together; each helps the other to brighten a room and give it a garden air. And most windows are so light and bright, you’re not limited to the trustworthy foliage vines. You can have flowers. And you have a wide, wide variety of vines to choose from. Even a shaded window is the best place to display some sun-loving plant you’ve grown to full flower in other, more suitable quarters.

A single hanging container displayed at eye level – a luxuriant tuberous begonia or fuchsia spilling cascades of glowing flowers; the silver-patterned, plum purple Cissus discolor; or the brilliancy of an ivy geranium – will stop visitors in their tracks. Or use a matching pair of wall brackets, one at each side, to soften the straight lines and sharp corners of the window frame, with a flowering or foliage variety that drifts down or climbs up the casing. Or set a fast-growing specimen like velvety Cissus in an urn on the floor at one side of the window, and let it scramble up cords strung inside the frame.

Vines For Walls And Other Vertical Areas

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Restful and easy-to-live-with as they are, vines are not at their best trained haphazardly on a wall – any available wall – the way paintings are often hung to fill an empty space.

The lines of vines are so prominent that using them in a by-guess-and-by-golly manner can cause confusion and even offense. Except for spectacular specimens that become focal points wherever they’re placed, vines are usually most effective used in combination with other plants or items like pictures, mirrors, pieces of furniture.

But used with care, vines can create breathtaking effects against walls, fireplaces, railings of stairs, and other vertical areas. To harmonize and connect a background – the wall – with a table or chair standing before it, hang or train a vine just above the furniture. Stand back and squint at the composition to see if it is balanced. Check the relative proportions of space, to furniture, to plant. Decide whether the shapes are harmonious, whether colors and textures have interesting contrast. Then, congratulate yourself on achieving one of the difficult but most artistic types of interior design.

Vines Offer Unlimited Opportunities For Decorating

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Vines are available in an endless variety of size, texture, color, and form, and they can be trained to any shape, line, or curve. Name the decorative purpose your planting should serve, the effect you want to achieve, and take your choice of suitable vines or hanging plants. For dangling down from the edge of an indoor garden or climbing a piece of gnarled driftwood at the back, there are dainties like the creeping fig or the more luxuriant scindapsus. For a big, bold, masculine effect on the wall of a man’s study or a tropical patio, there are a great number of astonishing philodendrons and monsteras. For airy, lacy shadow effects, there are annuals like the canary-bird vine, succulents like the ceropegias.

For filling the bare space between a tall plant and its planter and relating each to the other, use any number of attractive trailers. For shading or screening a porch or patio, choose heavy-textured vines like the Dutchman’s pipe, lighter types like akebia. For evergreen vines of winter beauty, you can have small-leaved euonymous or handsome ivies; for brilliant fall color, parthenocissus or grapevines. There are dwarf vines and giants; vines with waxy foliage, or subdued and velvety; vines with colorful flowers or berries, or both; those that grow rampant or modest and restrained. There are magnificent climbing roses and clematis; exotic passion flowers and bougainvilleas – and all kinds of trailing plants for hanging baskets and wall brackets.

Vines As Garden Accents

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Walls and fences of all dimensions are erected for any of many reasons – to define property boundaries, to create a center of privacy, to connect two areas or levels, even to break up small areas and make gardens seem larger. Fences can be used in place of trees and shrubs as background for a flower border, with spectacular vines as accent or subdued varieties for subordinate effect. And, of course, there’s nothing like a good-looking fence or wall to obscure unattractive outbuildings, or necessary atrocities like the compost heap.

For fences and walls, again, vines are selected according to available sunlight, moisture, and other cultural considerations – and then according to decorative purpose. If the fence is in itself decorative, the vine should enhance, not smother it. Avoid rampant-growing types and choose, instead, restrained vines with delicacy and charm, and those that can be pruned and trained to shape. For ugly or tottering fences, select a fast, thick covering vine.

Backyard Shed Style – Wood Or Steel?

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Are you thinking whether to get a garden shed? There are a few things to think about first. First of all, wood or metal. The second thing is, do you buy or build it yourself? You can learn from my mistakes, keep reading and find out the best option for you.

When I first made a decision to get a new garden shed I made the mistake of ordering a ‘build it yourself’ premade metal shed. It took me around a day to construct and I knew right from the start it probably was not going to be the shed I wanted.

After I had built it I tried to convince myself that it would do the job. The sliding metal doors made such a horrible noise when closing them and even though I had bolted all of it down to the ground it still didn’t feel extremely safe.

It was not till one or two days later I realized that some of my tools and appliances were wet. As I looked up at the roof I realized it was damp. Condensation; the entire roof was covered with condensation which didn’t vanish till late afternoon by which time as soon as the sun had gone down it was already beginning to come back.

Online Storage Shed Strategies

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

If you are looking to liberate some space in the house and the garage is already so crammed with odds and ends, gardening appliances and other stuff that’s in the way but you don’t want to actually throw it out then a storage shed may be the perfect solution.

With online storage shed plans widely available from the web it is advantageous looking into building your own and it’s not as hard as you might imagine; it’s a good way of saving money and a satisfying project to do.

Here are some tips to help with the project:

First perform a search online for down-loadable storage shed plans, don’t trouble yourself with the single sets of plans, you can get a hold of whole sets of shed plans that also include other projects like garden furniture and so on. These plans cost a fraction of the single sets with plans working out at just a few cents each.

Next decide where you are going to put your new shed, keep in mind the position of doors and windows, also ensure that it’ll look great in relation to your place.

Learn How To Build A Shed

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

While building a shed may seem like a fairly straightforward process, you will need to do a little research and planning before you get started. The first thing you need to do is read and understand any building regulations that will apply to your project, because there are certain restrictions on where sheds can be built, and the types of materials that can be used.

After finding out about any regulations, the next thing you will need to do is develop some plans or obtain blueprints for the type of shed you are planning on building. You may be required to show your drafts to the local building inspection agency, but even if they do not need to see your plans, you must put time and effort into drawing up a good design. This will ensure you have a good vision of what you want your finished shed to look like.

Significant Hints On How To Assemble Your Own Greenhouse

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Looking for your personal greenhouse is usually extremely helpful specifically if you’re a gardener by heart. Even so, buying them can cost you many amounts of dollars as you end up spending a great deal on some of the pre-made structures, for instance greenhouse films, bought by various home improvement and garden stores. To solve this, you are able to construct your own greenhouse for a fraction of the price on what most pre-made greenhouses cost.

During this day and age, it is necessary to be sensible on just about anything. That is also true should you love gardening. Now, when it comes to gardening, the most expensive framework that we can set up is the greenhouse. However, these days, you do not have to pay your contractors to construct you one since it is possible to simply build your personal homemade garden greenhouses from materials that you simply can quickly find within your tool sheds. Nonetheless, before you start building one, it is important which you know some facts about homemade garden greenhouses.

Even so, before you begin making one, it is important that you just follow these suggestions so that you are going to be able to create your own greenhouse that you simply have been wanting for very long time.

The Ultimate Garden Shed For Weary Husbands

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

When men have families and responsibilities, they fulfil it to their best for the betterment and the welfare of their families. However, there are times when they want to relax and forget about the worries and concerns of everyday life. They want to have a place where they can unwind and relax as it is important for a healthy family life.

There are many houses where garden sheds act as working spaces for husbands. The work may involve garden work or any other. Garden sheds are like sanctuaries for many of them. The garden shed may be a place for him to relax and to achieve a sense of accomplishment or satisfaction.

Whether your husband likes gardening as a hobby or indulges in any other activity, a garden shed is a great place to work in. One of the greatest benefits of a garden shed is that it provides a view of the garden that makes working in the shed very refreshing and relaxing. The kinds of the garden sheds depend on several factors.

The Ultimate Luxurious Garden Shed

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Your local carpenter may be an expert of building a garden shed with bamboo sticks, or wooden logs but it would not be as luxurious and as strongly built as a modern garden shed constructed according to the modern methods. The contemporary garden sheds promises ultimate luxury and comfort in your garden.

Nowadays, garden sheds are available in multiple forms, sizes and colours with a wide range of material options including wood logs, glass and metals. The classic wooden cabin style garden shed along with a glass wall, overlooking the garden landscape is a perfect place for having a quiet and peaceful time alone or with your loved ones in the evenings. The glass walls can be lined with potted indoor plants, painted pots and sculpture to enhance the overall look of the outer landscape. The interior can be designed skilfully by providing covered storage space in the form of cabinets and shelves; and by adding furniture and decorative items to the available space.

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