Decorating around the garden

Written by Melissa Cameron

Straight Talk On – Decorating Aroundrepparttar Garden

Do you live near a park? Most people do – there are so many around now. All levels of government recognizerepparttar 113442 value of a green environment. And, of course, if people know that government has provided them with lots of parks and trees, they’ll get lots of votes. Butrepparttar 113443 bottom line is – we have, in North America, some absolutely beautiful parks.

Some ofrepparttar 113444 most beautiful parks are natural areas, untouched by man, with lots of trees and plants flourishing in their natural environment. For example, New York’s Central Park is a welcome escape fromrepparttar 113445 hustle and bustle ofrepparttar 113446 city, even though it’s right inrepparttar 113447 middle ofrepparttar 113448 city. In California, there’s Redwood Park, with its statuesque redwood trees. In Vancouver, Canada, there’s Stanley Park, another beautiful acreage of natural habitat, set right next torepparttar 113449 city.

And then there arerepparttar 113450 world-famous gardens, like Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia,repparttar 113451 Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England, andrepparttar 113452 Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town. These displays of flowers literally take your breath away, their beauty is so stunning.

But you don’t have to go aroundrepparttar 113453 world to find a garden that takes your breath away. You can create your own park – your own place to go on sunny Saturday afternoons, complete with shady trees and cool summer breezes. You can createrepparttar 113454 best of parks right in your own backyard (or front yard, too, for that matter).

Imagine your garden as a beautiful park

Why do people go to parks?  Most would probably say that they go to parks to relax.  Think ofrepparttar 113455 soothing feeling you get when you walk into a quiet forest, with their pine needle beds and their sweet scent of mature wood. Or perhapsrepparttar 113456 park you most like to visit is a garden of floral delights – roses, chrysanthemums, magnolias, and perhaps even orchids. These gardens are definitely places that whisk us away fromrepparttar 113457 rush of your daily lives into what almost seems like another world. These arerepparttar 113458 gardens that are decked out in flowers, with colorful garden decorations, statues, bridges, fountains – allrepparttar 113459 things that just call out to you saying, Come. Sit down. Relax. Breathe inrepparttar 113460 wonder of nature. Who could resist that call?

But you don’t need to go out to parks or gardens to find an environment so sweet. You only need to go as far as your own back yard. There’s no reason why you can’t create a garden of your own, just as good as any you’ll find in your neighborhood, or in your tourist area. You can create your own garden.

If you don’t think you’re creative enough, then there are lots of landscapers who can give you expert advice. They’ll come and survey your yard, and present you with a number of plans that’ll give you a wonderfully unique garden that’ll make yourepparttar 113461 envy ofrepparttar 113462 entire neighborhood – or maybe evenrepparttar 113463 city. Landscapers are trained professionals. They can design and create a whole environment of beauty from your plain old yard. But whether you hire somebody, or do it yourself,repparttar 113464 possibilities are endless. There are literally hundreds of ways you can beautify your garden. One unique way is with a decorative mailbox and post in front of your home.

You can create a garden as good as any park

To come up with a wonderfully-landscaped garden, just sit back, close your eyes, and let your imagination run wild.  Picture yourself sitting in your gazebo,repparttar 113465 soft water of a gently-running fountain soothing your senses. You rise from your garden bench, and slowly wander over your little wooden bridge that crossesrepparttar 113466 babbling brook flowing through your garden. You stop here and there to admirerepparttar 113467 roses climbingrepparttar 113468 trellis, or smellrepparttar 113469 carnations crawling uprepparttar 113470 gazebo walls, perhaps picking one to take inside and put in a glass on your living-room table.

Growing Japanese Bonsai Trees for Bonsai Gardens

Written by Christopher Chase

As you go throughrepparttar history of Japanese bonsai trees (among others), you will note that this term is used to refer to a ‘plant in a pot’. As perrepparttar 113441 information provided on Harvard's Arnold Arboretum site, "the ancient Chinese wererepparttar 113442 first to miniaturize trees for ornamental purposes, around A.D. 200. Later,repparttar 113443 Japanese, who used it to create beautiful gardens, adoptedrepparttar 113444 bonsai technique.

Basically,repparttar 113445 bonsai are outdoor plants and they flourish in cool and humid conditions, away fromrepparttar 113446 bright sunlight for most parts ofrepparttar 113447 day. In case you want to keep them indoors, you have to createrepparttar 113448 same cool and humid environment for them; otherwise they tend to wither away.

Podocarpus, Serissa and dwarf Pomegranate are suitable for bonsai along with some common plants, such as Schefflera, jade plant, Ficus benjamina, Bougainvillea, Citrus and Hibiscus. You can also make bonsai out of several woody herb species like bay, rosemary, myrtle and lavender.

How to care for your Japanese Bonsai Trees

All bonsai need a light and well-draining soil, butrepparttar 113449 actual soil can vary from plant to plant. So,repparttar 113450 soil mixture suitable for growing bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) cannot be considered ideal for cultivatingrepparttar 113451 southern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana).

A typical bonsai soil mixture comprises 1/3 part coarse sand to helprepparttar 113452 drainage of excess water; 1/3 part organic matter like ground sphagnum moss or pine or fir bark, which are capable to hold moisture and nutrients and 1/3 part a coarse, fired clay like Turface that also hasrepparttar 113453 capacity to hold nutrients and moisture. You can adjustrepparttar 113454 proportions according torepparttar 113455 needs of your trees.

You can select any suitable place, such asrepparttar 113456 terrace to create your traditional Japanese garden. Planning an outdoor Japanese garden is an intellectual pursuit that also requires artistic visualization and imagination. The key element of its lay out and planning is that you should not letrepparttar 113457 gardener’s personality influencerepparttar 113458 garden. In this way,repparttar 113459 viewers can visualizerepparttar 113460 garden in their own distinct ways. Another core element is simplicity in terms ofrepparttar 113461 design and lay out.

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