No matter how big or small your garden or how experienced a gardener you are, you need these top gardening tips because, after all, your garden is a haven of peace and tranquillity… or you would like it to be!
Isn’t it great, coming home from a busy day at the office to sit and enjoy the sunset from the garden bench surrounding by sweet-scented flowers and pretty shrubs? Or is it? Are there shrubs that seem to have taken over the flower border and, try as hard as you might, delphiniums just won’t flourish in your outdoor space? You need these top gardening tips…
Hot tubs are a home accessory that was previously only for the extremely wealthy. You might have been lucky enough to enjoy one in a luxury hotel room. But for the most part they just weren’t an accessory most people could previously afford. Since demand has increased, hot tubs are much more of an affordable luxury and now there are over 300,000 households with hot tubs in the UK, compared to around 100,000 in 2013.
The many benefits of a hot tub are much more recognised and people have hot tubs for socialising, for muscle therapy, for relaxation and as an addition to a swimming pool set up.
There are various different types of hot tub available, including free standing hot tubs, built in hot tubs and even extremely inexpensive blow up hot tubs you can purchase from supermarkets.
Homes are now much more likely to have a hot tub, which presents a whole new area of home decor consideration. Just as you have to plan out how a swimming pool works in relation to a house, or an outdoor seating area, you have to put equal planning into your new, hot, bubbling arrival.
Where will it go? Can it be placed on any surface? How far away from the house should it be? Will it look nice?
Take a look at these handy hot tub placement Q&A’s to help you get your hot tub installation absolutely right:
Spring is here now and Summer is on the doorstep. So now is the time to plan those long lazy days in your own garden. To give you some inspiration you might want to head to three of Britain’s most beautiful gardens to gain ideas for yourself. For this article, we’ve teamed up with Oldrids and Downtown, retailers of stunning conservatory furniture to get you in the mood.
The Alnwick Garden
The Alnwick Garden is home to famous fountains, poison gardens and one of the biggest tree houses in the world. This garden is perfect for adventures and lots of fun. Set in 14 acres there is plenty of space for all the family to roam about. You need to be careful though as some of the 200 plant species are deadly.
The poison garden is locked by cast-iron gates with skull plaques saying “These Plants Can Kill”, the garden includes strychnos nux-vomica, hemlock, Ricinus communis and more deadly plants. However, the garden stands for a much greater purpose as it aims to educate people on drugs by featuring cannabis, coca and papaver somniferum.
If your home is feeling a little bland and drab, it’s up to you to make big changes. The best way to combat that issue is to bring the outdoors inside your home. It will give your home a more natural and airy kind of feeling, and you won’t be stuck in that drab rut that you previously were stuck in. There’s something refreshing about having a more natural feel to your home, so explore the options if you never have before. Read on to get some ideas you could use.
Use Flooring That’s Completely Natural
There are lots of flooring options that contain no unnatural materials, and these are the options you should be looking at if you want to make your home more natural and green. It’s better for the environment if you choose this option, and it will benefit your home too. There’s something about natural flooring, whether it’s hardwood or bamboo, that makes it really appealing.
Your garden is a sweet and safe sanctuary which is enjoyed all year round by your family. The one place the children feel free and easy is outside on the grass; fiddling with the grubby soil, getting their knees muddy and kicking a ball into the dainty flower beds, that’s what playing in the garden is all about. With the weather warming up it is an ideal time to start giving your outdoor space a little tender loving care.
In this day and age it is becoming more and more difficult to pry our little ones away from the televisions and iPads at home. Give them a reason to want fresh air and create a homely paradise which you can all enjoy. Wake up those tired little faces and allow them to acquire rosy cheeks and mucky clothes, whilst you watch them grow and play in a fresh fulfilling environment.
Food and Flowers
You may ask yourself this very question every day, why do humans love flowers? From their scent to their perfectly blossoming shapes flowers are a fascinating species for everybody. Children love to smell, touch and see beautiful blooming petals all year round. Let your children get their hands dirty and plant their very own potted plants. It is an ideal project to get them busy and excited and they can choose any type of flower they want. Giving them a sense of responsibility to keep their flower alive will do wonders for their development too. Use the different seasons to inspire your flower beds and get everybody on a trip to your local garden centre to buy new seeds regularly.
A wooden playhouse is the dream birthday or Christmas present for many children. Despite being located just a few feet away from the house, the playhouse is a world of its own to your child. This is the place where they might spend hours daily daydreaming, organising imaginary parties with imaginary friends, or even to hide away after a stern lecture. In other words, a kids playhouse will be an important element of your child’s life. As such, it would be prudent to do plenty of research before committing to buy one – and we’d like to offer some help with your deliberations.
Tips on buying a wooden playhouse
Wooden houses come in many sizes, shapes and theme. In order to buy the perfect house for your child or children, you have to first determine the theme that they like. A gingerbread shaped house? A Swiss cottage? A lodge? A castle tower? Show you children some images and gauge their reaction. After you’ve determined the theme, you can move on to the size. How old are you children? How big of a playhouse do they require? Do you need an activity or swing set attachment? Once you’ve established these criteria, you will be able to quickly filter out unsuitable options.