Dream Garden Must-Haves

April 20th, 2017

Since April showers bring May flowers, we are prepared for our gardens to burst forth with life in the next few weeks, and to celebrate that, here are some of our dream garden must-haves that go beyond flowers and vegetables.

A Multi-Pergola Walkway

The illusion that this garden goes on forever is one we can subscribe to.

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A Water Feature (preferably a pond, ideally with a waterfall)

Being from Maine, we love the sound of ocean waves crashing on the shore and the
babbling of woodland brooks, so a water feature with a waterfall would be most appropriate.
Not to mention it would offer additional gardening potential for water-loving plants and flowers.

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A Shed for Storage

Because gardening supplies deserve their own space, especially in a dream garden.
And, a cozy storage shed gives any garden a timeless storybook feel.

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A Dining Space

For tea parties, morning coffee and afternoon garden soirees,
we would use teak furniture to create our garden dining room.

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A Place to Sit and Rest

This lavender bench has so much character, and gives a pop of color
to a space with lots of greenery. But we also like the soft look of the
arch arbor-bench combo, which flawlessly blends in with surrounding
plant life (add an outdoor accent pillow for more comfort)!

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Raised Beds (DIY beds are the best, but this stone one is exceptional)

Raised beds offer more opportunity for walkways and paths,
and provide beautiful architectural value in addition to functionality.

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What is in your dream garden?
Share your must-haves in a comment below or on Facebook. Happy gardening!

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Weekly Spotlight: New Spring Rugs

April 19th, 2017

These five new braided rugs, accent rugs and area rugs are perfect for any style, bringing comfort and life to the rooms of your home. Click the images to learn more about the rugs in our spring catalog and to find the perfect floor covering to complement your home accents, from eco-friendly jute and easy-care fibers to flat braids and soft hooked rugs.

Spring Trio Jute Braided RugRed Spring Blossom RugBlack Country Swirl RugForest Oak RugVintage Rabbit Accent Rug

And to browse our entire selection of rugs, visit our website.

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Fresh Asparagus Recipes

April 18th, 2017

One of the many vegetables that tastes better when its fresh is asparagus. Since this spring vegetable is now in season, we’ve rounded up a few recipes for adding asparagus to your plate this spring, whether you’re hosting an afternoon garden party or evening barbecue; starting with a basic (and versatile) olive oil and Parmesan cheese recipe.

Asparagus

◊ Parmesan Asparagus

What you’ll need
(in addition to the asparagus):

  • 1 part olive oil
  • 2 parts Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Combine olive oil and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl. Spread out asparagus on a baking sheet and drizzle with cheese and oil mixture, coating all sides of each stalk.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for about 12 minutes, or until they reach desired tenderness. Serve warm and enjoy!

Cheesy Baked Asparagus

This recipe from Delish combines Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses for a creamy, comfort-food-worthy side dish featuring this spring vegetable.

Roasted Garlic Asparagus

A simple recipe with full flavor and plenty of potential for complementing any dish you serve this season.

Chili Spiced Asparagus

For a little kick, add sherry vinegar and chili powder to your asparagus; EatingWell® tells us how.

Grilled Asparagus Flatbread

Or to put a little twist on tea party finger sandwiches, this asparagus flatbread from Martha Stewart is just the thing.

How are you cooking or roasting asparagus this spring? Share your recipe ideas with us below or on Facebook, and tell us if you try any of the recipes above.

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