Garden Furniture and The Appeal of a Great Yard
Much like how a home is a person’s castle, their yard can be seen as their courtyard. Yards can be status symbols, with greener grass, taller trees and more colorful flowers setting someone above their neighbor. Yards can be an outlet for creativity, with gardeners using the earth and living plants as their canvas and paint. Most importantly, a yard is somewhere for you to relax.
When you are trying to decorate your yard to enhance the external appearance of your home, garden furniture is one of the most valuable tools at your disposal. By carefully placing combinations of garden furniture around your yard you can transform it into an outdoor living room or dining room. This can be a great way to provide a fun and relaxing environment that allows your family to enjoy the fresh air. Continue reading
Garden Gnomes – Folklore and Mythology
Gnomes are an interesting specimen of European folklore with origins that are generally Germanic in nature. Traditionally, a gnome is characterized by its tiny size, inquisitive nature, and tendency to dwell underground while enjoying a carefree lifestyle. Gnomes are often seen as mischievous or even evil by some, with many wives’ tales about “gnomes coming to get you” having been employed at various times to scare children into obedience.
It is often common, however, to see gnomes portrayed in a cheerful and benevolent light. It largely depends on the country or city you happen to be in, as folklore and mythology of this sort is highly variable throughout the bulk of Europe. The gnome often resembles a gnarled old man living deep underground that guards buried treasure. Such features as pointed, conical hats are also common. Continue reading
Garden Statues – The Appeal of Gardens
One of the central themes relating to gardening is the creation of a visual masterpiece that integrates living plants with inanimate objects to produce an attractive harmony. Gardening is not often considered an art form, but rather the culmination of other art forms to produce an end product. Still, it’s hard to argue that a beautiful garden is anything less than pure art in its finest.
A great deal of effort has gone into designing and planning gardens over the centuries. Learning which flowers to plant to compliment each other’s beauty can take many years of trial and error, while figuring out what to do with uneven or overly rocky terrain can present its own unique challenges. Much like an artist who experiments on canvas or who edits and re-edits a written work, gardening is very much the same. Continue reading