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Dream Garden Must-Haves

Thursday, 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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Top 10 Things Your Garden Gives You

Monday, May 12th, 2014
May is Gifts From the Garden Month. After April’s spring gardening – April is National Gardening Month – it’s time to sit back and enjoy some of the benefits. Here are the top ten things your garden, large, small, or in-between, can do for you.
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10. Physical Fitness – This isn’t something you usually think of when gardening, but even keeping up with those weeds provides a gym-quality workout.
9.  Wildlife Refuge – Your garden plantings provide food and shelter for a whole host of creatures. Add a birdbath or fountain and you’ve provided everything an animal needs. Then you can sit back and enjoy their antics.
8.  Child-Friendly Creative Play – Whether you’re a parent or grandparent, involving children in the gardening process is a great way to teach them Earth science as well as build valuable shared memories. Plus, it’s fun!
7.  Increased Property Value – We all know about curb appeal. Gardens not only enrich our tenure living in a home, they inspire prospective buyers.
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Copper Star 6.  Flowers to Bring Inside – By planting a few varieties that produce cut flowers, you can bring the beauty and fragrance of your garden inside. You can even bundle some up to take to a friend.

5.  Beautiful Views – No matter where you are—outside or in—garden views augment your decor.

4.  Aromatherapy – Fragrant plants stimulate the senses and can improve your mood or reduce stress.

3.  Perfect Location for Parties – Who doesn’t enjoy a garden party? Places of natural beauty invite conversation and relaxation. With a garden as the venue, all you need for a successful party are refreshments.

2.  The Best Produce Available – Garden-fresh vegetables and fruits are the most flavorful and healthy you can eat. Fresh herbs from your garden provide more flavor than their store-bought companions.

And the number one gift your garden gives you?

1.  Time and a Place to Relax – Whether you find your zen in working with the plants, or in just sitting quietly and enjoying the views, your garden provides you with a huge variety of stress-reduction opportunities.

So get out there and putter around, then take time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Your garden is a gift to yourself and to the world around you.

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50 Star Flag Outdoor Bird Clock & Thermometer

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June is Perennial Gardening Month

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Chickadee Hose HolderNow that you’ve gotten your annuals and vegetables planted, it’s time to look toward adding perennials to your garden. While more expensive than their annual relatives, perennials are more economical since they winter well and survive to bloom several years or more.

When designing a perennial bed, consider the size of the plant as well as what time of year it blooms. Mix early-blooming crocus, phlox, daffodils, and tulips with June-blooming peonies and azaleas, July ornamental lilies and black-eyed susans, August asters, dahlias, and mums, summer-long roses and daylilies, and winter-green shrubs, thyme, heather, and camellias to make for a year-long, shifting array of color and texture.

While perennial beds are lower-maintenance than other plantings, they still require occasional attention. June is a good time to shear the tops of spring bloomers. This ensures a uniform and ornamental foliage effect for the remainder of the season. Don’t shear back spring-flowering bulbs or peonies, though. Early to mid-June is also a good time to cut back by half tall late-season bloomers to control height and eliminate the need for staking.

An outing to your local nursery will provide you with a selection of perennials suited to your climate.

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