Summer Wedding Flower

Summer is a time of fun. A sunny day simply has an uplifting effect on even the most pessimistic of people. Smiling and laughter seem intuitive, and most people simply enjoy the outdoors. It is probably predictable that most wedding occur in summer, after all it is that time of year when most people are physically warm and comfortable. Sure there are exceptions, but generally clear, warm weather tends to translate into clear, warm temperament. It is not surprisingly that summer brides are spoilt for choice when it comes to summer wedding flowers, not to mention the proliferation of outdoor wedding venues in summer, which also gives the bride additional options. In addition it also enables her to align her wedding flowers to the venue, using tropical flowers in exotic venues, wild flowers in garden venues and even beach flowers at beach venues.

In terms of summer wedding flowers the most popular flowers would definitely include (although not be limited) to the following:

1. Sunflowers

A firm favorite at many a summer wedding. This is a physically large flower that makes an immediate statement. The

Steps for Raising Chickens

Do you want to start raising chickens in your home? However, there are certain factors you need to consider before you bring chicks into your home. You will need to have enough information on how to handle the chicks until they are fully grown to produce meat or eggs depending on why you’re keeping them. To make sure you’re successful with your chicks, here are six steps on how to rear chickens from home:

Step 1: Get the chicks. There are a few things to consider when buying chicks. First, you need to buy the chicks that are right for what you want. Ensure that you buy them from certified hatcheries that would reasonably certify the sex of the chicks. This is very important since you don’t want to end up with a lot of roosters.

Step 2: Keep them indoors. Your chicks are tiny and delicate. Therefore, make sure they stay indoors for the first four weeks. Keep them warm, with a temperature of about thirty degrees Celsius. You will have to make sure they are properly fed and they have sufficient water all the time.

Garden Building

For some people it is enough to place a garden shed somewhere in the corner of their yard while other people are trying to come up with the new ideas of how to create some extra space for outdoor activities. They try to build a garden office or a studio workshop, a guest house or beautiful gazebos, wooden garages or carports, which would blend harmonically into the yard.

To make sure the garden building stands long, it is necessary to build it on the perfectly flat surface and to lay a proper foundation. It is also a few ways for foundation. And after the foundation is laid, it is time to install the windows and doors. Common garden building design has domes and windows to improve the air quality and the lighting. Windows and doors must be long-lasting, waterproof and UV resistant. Nowadays, building companies can offer you the widest door entries and enough space for the larger equipment items. If you feel confused and do not know where to begin when rearranging your yard, we recommend you to break

Tips for Great Girls’ Weekends

Do you feel disconnected from your best and oldest buddies? Are you stressed, overworked and in desperate need of a mini-break? A relaxing girls’ weekend in the country might be just the tonic you need to rejuvenate your relationships, decompress and add a bit of balance to your life. The options for girls’ weekends are truly only limited by your imagination. Follow these suggestions from the professional travel gurus and you’ll soon be packing your bags for a glorious weekend away.

While you certainly don’t need to have a massive budget to enjoy a weekend away, you certainly need to set a budget before beginning the planning process. Take in consideration the costs for transportation, lodging, meals and any additional entertainment expenses. These can range from tickets to the movies or charges for massages. Once your budget has been set, determine the maximum number of hours you’re comfortable traveling for a weekend away. Make arrangements to take off work if the departure or return runs into your normally scheduled business day. It’s strongly recommended to keep travel time below three hours if the plan is to spend two nights away. Otherwise, you’ll be spending a substantial amountof

Japanese Gardening

  • Main principles on the garden’s design

Bring the Japanese feeling into your garden with these basic steps. First of all, embrace the ideal of nature. That means, keep things in your garden as natural as possible, avoiding to include things that could disrupt this natural appearance. For example, don’t include square ponds in your design as square ponds are nowhere to be found in nature. Also, a waterfall would be something closer to what exists in nature if we compare it to a fountain. So you also have to consider the Japanese concept of sumi or balance. Because one of Japanese gardening design main purposes is to recreate large landscapes even in the smallest place. Be careful when choosing the elements for your garden, because you don’t want to end up filling your ten by ten courtyard with huge rocks. As a miniaturized landscape, the rocks in the garden would represent mountains and the ponds would represent lakes. A space filled with sand would represent an ocean. By that we assume that garden masters were looking to achieve a minimalistic approach, best represented by the phrase “less is more”.

  • The elements of time and space

Flowering Cherries

While the briefness of their glory has to be acknowledged, cherries really are the hardy spring-flowering trees for temperate climate gardens. I can think of no others, apart from their close Prunus relatives and some of the magnolias that even come close to rivalling flowering cherries for sheer weight of bloom and vibrance of colour. The genus Prunus is widely recognised as being divided into 5 or 6 subgenera, though some botanists prefer to recognise these as distinct genera. The subgenus cerasus is the one to which the cherries belong. This group includes a wide variety of species, many of which are not highly ornamental. The species which are of most interest to gardeners are the Chinese and Japanese cherries, not only because they tend to be the most attractive, but also because they tend to be reasonably compact, often have attractive autumn foliage as well as spring flowers and because centuries of development in oriental gardens have produced countless beautiful cultivars.

The Japanese recognise two main groups of flowering cherries: the mountain cherries or yamazakura and the temple or garden cherries, the satozakura. The mountain cherries, which tend to have simple flowers, are largely derived from

Gorgeous Wedding Flowers Tips

1. Choose Flowers in Season

This is a critical money-saver. It is also important to keep in mind that flowers look and smell best when they are fresh and in season. This is especially true for roses. But if you have your heart set on a particular flower that holds sentimental value for you, it would be wise to plan your ceremony around the time period it will be in seasonal bloom.  Although flowers in season will give you a beautifully scented bouquet, use caution with the flowers you choose to include in any centerpieces at your reception. The fragrances that come from flowers as gardenia, jasmine or freesia can be overwhelming and may not be the best choice for dining tables. Overpowering flowers might also stir up any allergies that your guests may have.

2. Do it yourself

Keep in mind, however, that even if opting for the “budget bridal bouquet”, remember that it is a very key aspect of the wedding and should be an expression of the bride’s personality. Try to keep a sense of balance between the wedding gown, the bridesmaid’s gowns, the ceremony flowers and decorations

Care for Fresh Flowers

Flowers are beautiful and professionally designed bouquets are especially attractive. Flowers can also carry huge sentimental meaning because they are often given as gifts from people close to us. So it’s little wonder that we would want to extend the life of our flowers and enjoy their aesthetic and sentimental beauty for as long as possible. With proper care and attention most flowers will last around 7 days with some varieties lasting for as long as 14 days. Here are some practical steps to help extend the life of your cut flowers.

Get flowers into water

After only a short time out of water flowers will begin to dehydrate. Therefore it is essential to get flowers into a vase or container of water as quickly as possible. When you first get the flowers home use warm water, not cold or hot, as this is the quickest way to rehydrate the flowers. Warm water will also promote opening of the blooms as most flowers are shipped with the blooms in a closed or tight stage. Technically speaking the optimum temperature is 37.5C (99.5F), which is roughly body temperature. At this temperature air bubbles, which may have formed

Wooden Garden Office

A lot of people have an old cabin that they can use as the place of work. In the high uptake in the home working, wooden garden offices have become more popular. Nowadays people try to live greener and healthier so wooden garden offices are coming back to our lives. People are interested in sustainable development and ecology and this is increasing each year. They build wooden garden offices because they want to work in a healthy places in their gardens. What is great when working from your home is your space that isn’t cluttered up with your kid’s toys or other unused gardening tools. Wooden garden offices have a lot of advantages such as curb appeal, fire resistance, noise reduction, and energy-efficiency. Now you can enjoy working in a top-quality and environmental friendly place.

If you want to have a place to work, you can add an extension of your house. The thing is that it is costly and you’ll need the planning permission. Alternatively, you can buy a wooden garden office. Of course, you can think of it as just being a plain summer-house in your garden but today they can be built fully equipped

Tips To Improve Your Garden Decor

Gardens are not just places where one grows plants and vegetables. To complement the amount of effort you put in here, you should try and improve your garden decor so that your garden looks beautiful, even without flowers. Here are some tips to help you work on it:

1) Singular focus

One way to make a difference to your garden decor is to focus on one part of the garden and build the rest around it. This can be done by building a gazebo, an arbor, a rose pillar or any statues or sculptures of interest.

2) A sense of architecture

You can provide an architectural form and a sense of style to your garden decor by adding a bit of iron gate work, elegant metal topiary forms or concrete statuary to the garden. Simple garden ornaments and artful decor contribute tremendously to the aesthetic value to your outdoor living garden spaces.

3) Adding water features – a waterfall or a fountain

Building a waterfall or a fountain can add a lot of value to your garden decor. In fact, most Japanese gardens have a water feature, and the ones without

Japanese Gardening

Japanese gardens are becoming popular and more gardens in the States are trying to have one part of them turned into a Japanese garden. In this Japanese gardening article, you are going to learn 3 types of Japanese garden styles which is very important for the planning of such gardens. You should know about the meaning of each types of garden because you would not want to spoil the theme of your whole garden. Let me get down and dirty to explain three of them to you. When people talk about Japanese garden styles, people will start imagining about small gardens without much flowers. Yes, this is the most popular style but the truth is, true Japanese gardens take up a lot of space. The small one that we always hear of will be the courtyard garden.

Courtyard gardens have only a few features but to be simple is the key here. The purpose of having little features is to promote serenity and peace when you walk into the area. It does not aim to cause confusion and thus, a small water feature. a miniature tree and a few plants will be enough for a courtyard garden.

Organic Gardening Tips

1. Test your soil:

If you are looking to have a successful outcome with an organic vegetable garden, you should first test your soil with a do-it-yourself home testing kit before you plant anything. These testing kits can be found at local garden centers and on the Internet at garden speciality stores. The kits use a number scale, 0 to 14, that helps you determine the acidity or alkalinity (also known as pH) levels of your soil. For most vegetables, an ideal number is about 6.5. If the results are too acidic (towards the low end of the scale) or too alkaline (towards the high end of the scale), your plants will not be able reap the benefits of the soil’s nutrients. Once you know the results of your soil, you will be able to adjust the soil accordingly by balancing these levels with the nutrients it is lacking.

2. Make plans ahead of time and decide where and how you will grow your garden:

If you have high quality soil in your yard and you have determined a location, you will want to take advantage of the benefits found in it. Healthy soils have upwards of

Urban Farming

Do you live in a city and want to raise chickens, ducks, or turkeys? In most cities in the US there are livestock ordinances that dictate whether you are allowed to raise poultry, or do not. You can do a quick search on the internet for your city’s animal ordinance. That ordinance will let you know if you can have fowl, and what you need to do in order to keep them; this may include permits, coop specifications, if certain fowl are allowed or not (roosters), and the consequences for not following the ordinance.

My experience with urban farming has been very enjoyable, even in the winter when we have to trek through freezing temperatures, wind, sleet and snow. Every morning before I get ready to go let the chickens and ducks out of their coops I look out my kitchen window and see them eagerly awaiting my presence. Our pet chickens, ducks, muscovy, quail, and turkeys bring me joy. They each have their own personalities, likes and dislikes. The best thing is the eggs. They are beautiful, green, blue, cream colored shells with rich orange colored yolks. I find that the eggs are better quality and

Beginners Guide For Keeping Chickens

Housing

Chicken coops need to serve several functions. They need to be able to keep the chickens sheltered from bad weather as rain and cold are two big enemies of chickens, as well as heat in some areas. Chicken coops need to be able to house chickens in a way that’s healthy and clean, with good ventilation. Plus, chicken coops also need to keep chickens safe from predators. Ventilation is one problem that’s hard to solve- and many people confuse being out of drafts for good ventilation. Good ventilation means that the hot wet air naturally generated in the coop by the birds and their droppings can leave the coop easily. And finally the coop needs to be predator proof. There are all sorts of predators that want to eat chickens – from raccoons to hawks. Snakes like to eat eggs and baby chicks. Even the neighbor’s dog can be a serious threat. The coop should be well constructed with good locks and fencing that can’t be ripped apart or manipulated/mauled by a predator. Cracks and holes should be sealed if possible. A well fenced chicken yard is a good start to keeping out most predators and

Ways To Keep Out Digging Animals

When you install a fence you are able to get rid of large animals from getting into your garden or out of an enclosed area. While this is the case, you can’t fence out all the animals. Others such as rabbits and dogs are able to dig under the fence thus get into the farm or out of the enclosed area. The cool thing is that there are plenty of ways of preventing them from digging out. Here are some of the ways:

  • Install footer

A footer is a unit made from welded or galvanized wire and often installed under the fence. The mesh should extend in an L-shape under the ground thus preventing animals from digging under it. While it’s recommended that you bury the footer under the soil, you don’t have to do if you can’t dig due to roots, rocky soil, or foundation plants. If you can’t dig the surface lay the footer below the soil surface and secure it with heavy rocks or landscaping staples.

  • Install a horizontal board

Here you need to attach a board at the bottom of the fence. Sometimes large animals can move it from

Garden Gifts

Garden gifts are really a great way to encourage the hobby of gardening. Anyone who can get their hands dirty can fall in love with gardening, and the appropriate garden gifts can add a special little delight to their efforts. Kids and adults alike can benefit from the therapeutic aspects of gardening. The disabled can gain some independence through gardening and the elderly can stay in better physical condition. Garden gifts can range from the practical to the adornment. If you want to give a special gardener the gift of practicality, try picking up some useful tools that they might not have. Something as simple as a garden knee bench can help them get to their plants without the hard impact of kneeling on the ground. Small gardening sets can be very much appreciated as well.

Kids make great little gardeners and giving garden gifts that belong solely to them can help ensure that they can enjoy the process and become an independent little gardener. There are kid friendly garden sets that can get them going. You can also put together a creative package of plastic pots and non toxic paints which can encourage them to create

Organic Gardening

Every gardener has his own set of qualities that make him fit for some gardening styles. If you know yourself and the precise gardening style that will fit your rearing of your organic garden and facilitate you give way to your vegetables effectively, then you have pretty much gotten an advantage over other gardening enthusiasts. But what are the diverse types of gardening that you could look out for? Here are some of the types for you to consider:

  • Residential Gardening

Residential gardening does not need too much room. It can be cultivated as well in balconies, window sills, and other little areas that receive sufficient sunlight, easy to keep an eye on and all together easy to maintain free from pests. One good thing about residential gardening is the easiness with which it ushers the gardening aspirant from having no expertise to expanding to other gardening styles, whichever deems the imagination of the nascent gardener.

  • Indoor Gardening

Residential gardening is under the vast scope of indoor gardening. Other types under this grouping include the greenhouses, the gardens of conservatories and educational institutions. Systems for air conditioning and heating and may be found as

Design a Sloping Garden

A good design can transform a sloping site into a spectacular garden. I have designed many sloping gardens, I love doing them but know how tricky they can be to get right. You need a thorough understanding of site topography and a detailed plan to address the level changes in order to avoid the many pitfalls of creating gardens on slopes. The best way to design gardens on sloping sites is to create terraces using retaining walls to provide flat areas that can be used as functional spaces within the garden. The level changes in a sloping garden dictate naturally the creation of outdoor rooms at different heights each with a unique atmosphere. The spaces can be enclosed and/or sunken for privacy and intimacy or opened up creating a sunny terrace with a fabulous view. The steps and ramps needed to navigate and access the levels can provide different journeys around the garden as well as being sculptural design features.

The garden must be structured to create useable spaces that work with the level changes and meet the clients brief. In the UK, retaining walls can be no more than 1m high adjoining the roadway or 1.8m

Tips For Animal Communication

1. Start With You Own Pet

If you have a pet parrot, for instance, you should start with your pet. This is because you already have a connection with your pet, which will make it easier for you to connect with another animal. Keep an eye on how your pet behaves when he is angry, sad or hungry. This will give you a very good idea of their behaviors. If you have just bought a pet, you should start by saying good morning to him in the morning when you meet him for the first time.

2. Wait For Their Response

Second, whenever you say something to your pet, wait for them to respond. Don’t just keep on talking. This is just like you talk to a human friend and give them some time to reply. You should give the same opportunity to your animal as well. After all, they do need time to understand you and then give you a reply. Usually, they will reply you in their own way. It could be a gesture, a whistle or a random word. At times, you may receive an image. After all, we all have different

Take Care of Pets

 

Here are some key ways in which you can make sure you are being a responsible pet owner and carer!

Space: Pets need to have a place that is safe, dry, clean and cozy. While deliberating on the choice of our pets we must carefully consider the space it will require for the aquarium for our fish, corner for our cat or dog or cage for the lovebirds we so wish to have! If an entire room is too much to think of, a clear and demarcated boundary can be created for your furry friend.

Diet: According to the pet that you own, you must strive to ensure they are fed a balanced and nutritious diet. Every species and breed in turn has foods that are permissible and those that can cause greater harm than good. Make sure you check with the vet and only feed your pet the right kind of foods and appropriate portions. Just as food needs to be carefully monitored, so too you must ensure that your pet has adequate and clean drinking water available.

Exercise: All pets need their space to be able to flex their muscles and spread their