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Choosing Your Own Outdoor Garden Lighting

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

A well tended lawn full of flowers and attractively maintained shrubs can transform the appearance of your house into a beautiful, welcoming space that people will admire. Gardens have been a universal symbol of peaceful beauty and a restful haven since ancient times, and gardening is one the nation’s most popular hobbies. There is something deeply satisfying in being able to relax in your own garden.

There are all sorts of different ways to bring out the natural charm of your garden. Outdoor garden lighting can accentuate the beauty of your outdoor space, and gives your garden an enchanting allure during the evening hours. The soft glow of carefully placed garden lighting will frame your house with its illumination and make your garden look especially picturesque at night. Not only that, it can be a security light for your house when it’s dark outside.

There are various types of outdoor garden lighting that are readily available in the market, including high quality varieties that are surprisingly affordable. You can even design your own garden lighting, or consider hiring a garden designer or landscaper to give you options to choose from. You can decide amongst a wide variety of designs and sizes of the lighting that you want to have placed in your garden.

Here are some basic outdoor garden lighting types that you can find at any home improvement store or lighting shop near your area:

• Accent lights. This type of outdoor garden lighting is used to highlight a part or your garden or lawn. If you have a favorite spot in your garden or a piece of sculpture in your outdoor area that you feel is a particular showstopper, you can use an accent light to make it stand out.

• Path lights. You can install an outdoor light to accentuate your pathway or walkway. Lights of this sort generally need to be placed at a high spot, so that a wider area is illuminated for the safety of those who might walk along the path. Most path lights actually come with a post for this purpose, and can make your garden pathway really lovely at night, outlined with glimmering lights that hang from decorative posts.

• Spot lights. This type of outdoor garden lighting is also known as area or flood lights. They cover a wider area of your garden, and can also serve as a security light because of its wide coverage.

• Security lights. This is a safety light that will prevent trespassers or robbers that are roaming in your area from entering your house. The preferred spot for these garden lights is near your front door or entry way. This is a good way to dissuade most people from stepping into your yard uninvited.

• Step lights. This outdoor garden light makes your steps visible during the evening hours when it’s dark outside. This is a form of safety light that will prevent you from tripping on outdoor steps during a dark night. (No matter how beautiful the garden, it can be hard to fully appreciate its charms when you’ve fallen flat on your face!)

Remember to choose lights that complement your garden and outdoor space. The internet is a very helpful tool in finding a great design that matches your particular garden, and if you aren’t certain what you have in mind, you can always find a lot of ideas in websites that focus on gardening. Perhaps the most basic benefit of garden lighting is that your garden’s beauty is able to be appreciated even at night. Now you can tell your friends that they can admire your garden a full 24 hours a day! 😉

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Gardening Gifts And Roosters?

Friday, September 4th, 2009

As weathervanes, of course.  These gardening gifts are used to display the wind direction and are usually made out of metals like bronze, cast iron, or copper.  Weathervanes are always a big hit for those who have a naked roof on their home, garage, shed or barn.  Placed on top cupolas, roof tops, or over the fireplace mantel, these gardening gifts are giving homes and businesses a unique look that creates curb appeal with pizazz.  Smaller weathervanes are perfect for gazebos and sheds.  Rooftop weathervanes are generally made from steel, aluminum or copper.  Steel weathervanes are very strong and many are crafted with powder coat finishes for protection from the elements.  These gardening gifts can easily be found at home and garden retailers.

Garden weathervanes add an extra personal touch as gardening gifts.  You may also display them indoors over fireplace mantels, on window sills, mounted on the wall or on a display base on the floor.  It is not uncommon to find weathervanes in places of business, allowing such a property to reflect an element of personal expression.  When displayed with the appropriate accoutrement and placed correctly, these gardening gifts come alive, becoming kinetic sculptures flowing smoothly in the breeze.

Choose from a variety of styles and mounting options to enrich and personalize any location.  Complete weathervane components include the ornament, directionals, a rod, spacer balls, and mounting hardware.  Many weathervanes give you mounting options—you can install your weathervane just about anywhere you would like.  Roof mounts adjust to a roof’s specific pitch.  Garden mounts allow for several inches to be implanted firmly into the ground.  Post mounts are useful for mounting weathervanes on vertical surfaces.  Deck mounting hardware secures the weathervane to horizontal surfaces.

Winds are gardening gifts, too.   Wind helps crops pollinate and knowing which way it blows can help determine where and even when to plant. Winds from the south are generally warmer and can bring in more moisture.  Winds from the north are colder and can suggest a cold front is moving into the area.  Weathervanes not only tell you where the wind is coming from, but also indicate how strong the wind is blowing.  The best place for them is up high if you wish to get a good wind reading.  The weathervanes that are lower to the ground do not always give the best wind direction readings because of swirling winds, but they will really add that special fun touch to the outdoor garden decor.  So please think wisely before adding one to the garden.  Look around and make sure that you have a clear wind path to the weathervane. If not, it will be used as part of the outdoor garden decor.

When choosing weathervanes as gardening gifts, keep in mind the pastimes, hobbies and interests of the recipient.  There is a wide choice of letter styles and adornments, with designs dating back to early colonial settlements.  Rooftop weathervanes come in multiple styles including horses, tractors, nautical designs, different birds, and trains, just to name a few.  Hundreds of standard designs are available, and custom designed weathervanes may also be made to special order.

Weathervanes are precisely balanced so that they will turn into even a light breeze, so you may know the direction of the wind.   Weathervanes are a traditional way of decorating the roofline of a building; they also have the practical purpose of indicating wind direction.  Today, weathervanes are a piece of moving architectural decor that has a purpose.  Homeowners agree that weathervanes are too beautiful to be kept only on high rooftops.  They make perfect gardening gifts for everyone on your list.  In fact, did you know that Thomas Jefferson afixed the weathervane at Monticello to a pointer in the ceiling beneath it, so he could see the direction of the wind from inside his home.  I wonder if it had a rooster on top?  😉

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How Do I Choose Garden Decor For Gardening Gifts?

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Garden decor are the ornaments and decorations that add style and interest to your yard.  It will enhance the look of any home and will also make wonderful gardening gifts for others.  Quite often, it is the first thing that people see when they come to visit.  Gardens are great places to relax and unwind, meditate, or for recuperating from an illness.  Being amidst nature that is created exclusively for aesthetic appeal, can trigger extremely pleasant emotions in any person.

The one thing to remember about gardening gifts:  Die hard enthusiasts of gardening go to great lengths to procure the right kind of look.  No matter what, it is always best to remember that your decor for the garden should enhance the appearance of the area rather than clash with the plants and flowers.  Everyone is different in creating their own visually appealing piece of paradise.  There are many ways to make your own outdoor home come alive.  Choose gardening gifts that fit your style and what overall theme is immensely pleasing to you.  As you can see, it is very personal indeed.

As such, I would not recommend giving large statues to your friends as gardening gifts unless you are SURE that it fits into their garden theme.  Perhaps, gift certificates for statues of their choice would make for better gardening gifts.  Here is a list of some items that are personal to the gardener:  fountains, benches, furniture, stepping stones, large statues, hammocks, patio heaters, outdoor fireplaces, large trellises, shades and umbrellas, weather vanes, lighting.

On the other hand, there are many gardening gifts that you can easily give that shouldn’t ruffle anyone’s feathers.  Here is a partial list:  birdbaths, birdhouses, bird feeders, clocks, thermometers, doormats, wind chimes, garden bells, rain gauges, garden gnomes and gargoyles, garden hose reels and holders, pots and planters, window boxes, rocks, small figures, signs and plaques, sundials, boot brushes.

Imagine fountains that spew water or relaxing by a koi pond.  Stepping stones lead a winding path through your favorite plants.  Exotic lighting creates dramatic shadows as you enjoy a warm summer’s eve with your closest friends.  What garden decor would you add to this?

The ideas are endless, the main point being to stay with the overall theme.  You want to beautify and enhance the outdoor garden.  Be selective with your gardening gifts, look around and who knows, you may even find something as unique as a mailbox!  😉

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Garden Decor Mailbox

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