How to Decorate Your Garden Using Profound Garden Statues that Bring Your Yard to LifeWritten by Candice Pardue
Garden statues are commonly used to enhance look and feel of a garden or yard. Many people use them to reflect a favorite character, theme or animal. Using garden statues that you'll enjoy for many years is one key to success for your beautiful garden decor.
How to Choose Right Garden Statues
Selecting proper garden statues for your particular decor is first step, and not one to be taken lightly. You'll probably keep your garden statues for many years to come, so you'll want to be sure and choose statues that you will love!
There are several different types of statues available. Metal, concrete and copper are three of most common. Copper is becoming popular quickly due to its ability to endure harsh weather without cracking (such as can occur with concrete) or rusting (which can occur with metal). The choice is yours, however, depending solely on look you wish to accomplish with your statues.
Note About Copper: With age and weathering, copper will only increase in beauty. Instead of rusting, copper will turn a greenish tint which will enhance your garden even more. This is perhaps one of greatest advantages of using copper statues.
Selecting a Theme for Your Garden Decor
Many people make mistake of adding all different types and themes of statues to their yard or garden decor. This only causes your yard to appear disorganized. Choosing an overall theme for your yard or garden decor will help you to decorate with style and also simplifies process.
For example, if you decide to decorate your yard with a "bird" theme, you could find statues with birds, birdhouses, flowers, trees, etc. The purpose of finding a theme is to help create a certain mood in your garden. Another theme idea is "angels", which could be topped off by statues of different sizes and shapes, children angel figures as well as grown angel figures, creative religious statues that go well with angel statues. Your only limit is sky!
Tulip CareWritten by Linda Paquette
The crocus, anemone, narcissus and daffodil are all welcome harbingers of spring. However, growing tulips capture essence of spring with bright colorful blooms that renew earth with promise of summer color. The best part of growing tulips is watching them dance in first breaths of spring. The second best part of growing tulips is tulip care. The reason is because once established, a tulip bed needs very little care at all!
Tulips originated in Central Asia where they grew in wild. The word tulip means turban and comes from a Turkish word, turbend. Tulips were cultivated in Turkey as early as 1,000 AD. Today tulips are frequently associated with Netherlands. In August of 1593, Carolus Clusius received a gift of tulip bulbs from his friend, Ogier Ghiselain de Busbecq, ambassador of Constantinople. He planted bulbs and spring of 1594 gave birth to first tulips of Holland. Clusius’s planting is still considered birth of Netherlands flower bulb business, which continues today, over 400 years later. The colorful flowers soon became major trading commodities. Different color strains and mutations were status symbols and in such high demand in 1600’s that tulips were often sold by estimated weight, even before they were lifted from ground. Trading in tulip futures was dubbed as “tulpenwindhandel” (tulip wind trade). Soon this speculative trading got out of hand and Dutch government introduced trade restrictions to quash it.