Add some splash to your garden with a fountainWritten by Johann Erickson
One great way to add character to a garden is to add a fountain. Fountains, also called water features and water elements, can add elegance, a sense of peace or a feeling of fun to nearly any landscape design. The sound of flowing or trickling water is comforting and relaxing for most people, so it helps make environment inviting. In addition, practitioners of feng shui often suggest fountains for enhancing energy flow.
When selecting a fountain, it is important to consider personality of space you want to decorate, as well as effect you would like to create. Fountains are available in a myriad of sizes, materials and designs so possibilities are limitless. Some fountains are built into landscape, while others are self-contained and can be placed nearly anywhere.
The centerpiece fountain
A centerpiece fountain is usually most appropriate for a large outdoor space. Consider using a centerpiece fountain as a focal point for your garden design. Often centerpiece fountains are sculptures consider them as works of art and choose a fountain that you will enjoy and that makes you feel good to view. Usually centerpiece fountains are made of stone, cement or resin.
A large fountain can be used in a smaller place such as a patio garden, but only if primary use of space is not impeded by fountain's placement. For example, if children play in space or groups of adults gather for drinks and barbecue, a fountain in center is probably a bad idea. However if patio is used for reading, tiny gatherings, or just observing sunset, a fountain may be perfect accent.
While small waterfalls can be self-contained units, most waterfalls are integrated
Improving Your Health & Quality of Life with FlowersWritten by Burgundy Shank
Most people can appreciate flowers for their extreme beauty and wonderful scents. We have such a strong connection with them, responding very positively to their ability to bring joy, as well as their use at gatherings such as weddings, funerals and like celebrations.
Flowers also posses an even deeper ability to help heal our bodies when we are not at our best, and prevent illnesses from returning. Many flowers posses an essence, or life’s energy, within their petals that can greatly enhance different aspects of our lives. While list is great, I’d like to talk about some commonly available ones that are simple to introduce into daily life, returning extreme benefits with minimal effort.
Lavender flowers are recognized by many for their relaxing properties. What many people aren’t aware of is that they’re also very handy for cooking! While essential oil is unsafe to digest, fresh flowers can provide significant flavor to sugar by placing a spring into a jar and allowing it to sit for a couple of weeks. Those who are handy in kitchen will enjoy lavender to make most delicious cookies and ice cream. Even in its dried form, lavender can be steeped to produce a flowery tasting tea, or cooled for an incredibly moisturizing facial rinse.