“… all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun…”
–William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
Nightscaping. Exterior Illumination. Whatever you call it, low-voltage lights can add some serious impact to your outdoor landscape. The idea to add landscape lights to our gardens germinated after I took down all of the outdoor Christmas decorations. I missed the colorful lights strung through the bushes and the glow of the floodlight on our Christmas-wreathed front door. Afterwards, the yard looked so boring—and dark! Unwilling to fork out the big bucks for a professional yard illumination, I scoured the Internet and found tons of information on how economically and easily you could accomplish this job yourself. So, I did it myself. Here’s how.
Floodlights illuminate ornamental trees
First, I took stock of the yard and determined where I wanted lights. Continue reading>
Our backyard garden has grown over the years from a simple border to a curving arc that blossoms from spring to fall with roses, brown-eyed susans, and purple sage. Colorful songbirds visit the feeders and stone bath. The problem? We wanted to be in the garden, not enjoying it from afar or through a window. The solution? We added a flagstone patio, nestled right into the curve of the garden. And we did it in a day. Sort of.
After perusing images of flagstone patios on the Internet, we decided that we wanted our stones to be separated so grass could grow between the stones. We took a trip to a local rock center and bought a pallet of large flagstone, which was delivered the very next day. -Continue Reading>
“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul.”
—Kate Chopin, The Awakening
The trickling sound of water hitting rock mesmerizes me. Its constancy lulls and soothes. Since our home down the shore isn’t quite close enough to hear the crash of the ocean waves on the beach, we opted for the next best thing. We decided to add a pond to our small garden off the front porch, complete with a trickling waterfall over rock. Here’s how we did it, and you can do it, too.
“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
—Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
Patios and small garden spaces can pose a problem or a goldmine for the creative gardener. We have a small brick patio leading to the back door of our home, and I was bored with simply lining it with container plants each Spring. A trip to a local resale/salvage yard proffered some (inexpensive) vintage finds that added varying height, color, and interest to my patio “garden.”
Here’s the mishmash of what I brought home one day for under $35:
My haul included two tables, an old toolbox, and a window. I liked the colors and the varying heights of the pieces as well as the weathered and chipped paint. The only work needed was to clean them a bit and decide how to use them. Continue reading