Bringing that holiday cheer



It will soon be that time again with Christmas turkey, ham, hot chocolate, Christmas stockings by the fireplace oh and we can’t forget the mistletoe, family, friends and all that great stuff that gives such a great cheer.

This time of the year brings with it such joy and gladness as persons move back and forth making plans, crowded malls, Christmas carols, snowmen, classic Christmas movies like a Christmas Carol and so on makes this season so festive.

But what makes this time of the year also grand is the Christmas flowers (Poinsettia) that send the message home that it’s Christmas. I remembered my former job where I was employed at a five-star resort. A team of us was responsible for taking care of the interior plants.

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$aving Money Through Backyard Gardening

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Pumpkin Patch

A cool way to save money, connect with nature while spending time with family is to start a backyard garden that has so many benefits. Many homeowners are ripping out some of their flower beds as beautiful as they are and as painful as this may seem to install gardens such as vegetables, herbs and fruit trees.

Backyard gardens in this respect have become popular as many weekend warriors are taking advantage of these type of gardens because it is a win-win situation that is worth the investment.

As a kid growing up backyard gardens were so popular but with the passing of time these gardens had disappeared and were replaced with flower and ornamental gardens but in this day and time, there has been a resurgence as many homeowners have taken an interest in growing their food crops.

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Bringing beauty to that eyesore

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Mandevilla Vine

There is nothing like an eyesore that takes away from something which was meant to beautify and give that wow, it is like being dressed in a nice suite, hair well groomed but wearing shoes that are old, dirty and worn out with holes.

It does not matter how well dressed and groomed that person may be because of the condition of their shoes it will take away from what that person was hoping to create. Those worn out shoes would be distracting and so it is with certain outdoor structures and features.

Have you ever seen a home that is so beautiful as you observe it with much admiration then out of nowhere it catches you by surprise or hits you like a lightning bolt, a structure or feature that leaves you with your mouth hanging open, probably wondering what was the homeowner thinking off or why didn’t they fix that problem which is so distracting. What are some features even though serving a purpose is an eyesore?

Some features that may be visible and distracting

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How to successfully grow a wildflower garden


Wildflower garden

Creating a wildflower garden can be really awesome. What I love about garden construction is taking an area that is unsightly or barren and turning it into a thing of beauty where there is an array of colours that are pleasing to the eyes besides providing a habitat for wildlife.

In this article, we will be doing just that, turning that drab area into a work of art which is breathtaking so that both you, your family an friends can enjoy. But what are the steps to take in constructing a wildflower garden?

Steps to create a wildflower garden


Wildflower garden

  • Location
  • Soil type
  • Type of plants suited for your zone
  • Site preparation
  • When to plant
  • what to plant
  • How to plant
  • Using Mulch
  • How to water
  • When to water
  • Fertilizing
  • Benefits of pruning

What is a wildflower garden

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Using climbers to create beauty above the ground

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Creeping fig vine

The world of plants is so diverse that it’s mind-blowing. There are thousand and thousand to choose from with their varied styles, colours and growing habits that it’s possible to create gardens that meet your needs providing you with the opportunity to create your dream garden.

Among the thousands of plants that grace our landscapes, vines are among this group that have so much to offer. I have worked with many species of vines over the years on many garden and landscape projects that made such an impact enhancing the overall design.

Vines in the landscape

What we will be discussing are vines, their care, and impact in the landscapes and gardens.

Just like other garden plants vines also need tender loving care to perform at their best, therefore, it’s important to know the basic or have some knowledge which will have your vines growing their best.

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