Add some splash to your garden with a fountainWritten by Johann Erickson
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into landscape. Waterfalls are ideal for a landscape that has a hill or slope. In some waterfalls, water flows in a stream downhill. In others it falls from one plateau to another lower one. As water lands, it has a lovely spray and satisfying sound. Often waterfalls have a pool at base pool may be used for fish such as koi, or decorative water plants. Usually, waterfalls use a plastic liner for base along with natural elements for sides of waterfall.
Small fountains suitable for a tabletop or pedestal stand are also popular for gardens. Tabletop fountains are ideal for a small space to which you want to add a decorative accent and lovely sound without spending a lot of money. They are easy to maintain and move, so if you are unsure of ideal location for your fountain, this may be your best bet. If you are looking to get most fashionable type of fountain, then mist fountains may be just what you are looking for. They give off a light mist, that not only is a great humidifier, but looks more beautiful than just a trickle of water does. Tabletop fountains are also great for indoor atriums and make great gifts for those who love gardens. The smallest tabletop fountains have footprints of only a few inches, others are up to a couple feet across. Tabletop fountains can be made of stone, metal, resin or plastic.
If you are tight on space, wall fountains may be ideal for your purposes. Wall-mounted units are usually fairly small and can be hung from a fence or wall. These water features come in varying styles to look like artwork, natural elements or other structures.
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Improving Your Health & Quality of Life with FlowersWritten by Burgundy Shank
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Calendula (more commonly known as marigold) is a great flower to have around if you experience regular problems with your skin. Its petals secrete a soothing oil that helps to heal anything from acne to eczema, and can even help to smooth over blemishes over time when used regularly. The petals can be soaked in olive oil for a couple of weeks, then removed for an easy-to-use salve for problem skin, and can also be used as a hot oil treatment for hair. Dried petals work best for making calendula oil.
Chamomile is becoming more readily available at nurseries both in seed and plant form for you to add to your summer herb garden. The dainty little flowers make a cute addition to any indoor herb box, and make a relaxing evening tea. Soaking petals in a carrier oil will provide a safe remedy for babies that are teething.
Growing a garden at home becomes even more pleasurable when you can enjoy flowers for healing purposes in addition to their visual benefits. For those lacking a green thumb, these flowers are also readily available in their dried form in many health food stores or online.
Burgundy Shank makes handmade personal care products using lavender and calendula petals for their healing benefits. She also shares her lavender cookie and ice cream recipes, as well as recipes for natural at home beauty care in her newsletter, “Beauty Secrets from Around the World” at http://www.burgundysoap.com