Fetching Friday: Exterior Entryways

Exterior entryways welcome distinctive style to house, home, curb, and post this fetching Friday.

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Exquisite exterior entryways go the extra mile when the objective is creating superb curb appeal.

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Jeffrey Dungan Architects

What defines exquisite is subject to personal design style preferences.

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Southern Living – Robbie Caponetto

To me, exquisite is exterior entryways flanked by landscaping that rivals classic works of art.

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Energize Builders, Inc

Less is more is thoughtfully achieved through well-appointed and well- positioned accents.

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Milieu Magazine- Jeffrey Dungan Architects – Photo by Leslee Mitchell

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PJS Building & Maintenance Ltd

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles – Photo by Chris Little

The beauty of uncommon design lies within the details.

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Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights

Symmetry promotes a pleasing balance.

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D. Stanley Dixon Architect

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Peter Zimmerman Architects

Exquisite exterior entryways standout as the focal point feature that most contributes to the desired effect of curb appeal- an aesthetic that beautifully welcomes style home.

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Get To Growing Garden Goodies

Get to growing garden goodies grow a long way in the beautification process of the spring flower and vegetable garden.

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We’re in for an “Easter snap” at the end of the week, but the temps will remain friendly to the tradition of Good Friday gardening.

The tradition of planting cool and warm season crops in the South is common practice with many farmers and gardeners who believe Good Friday to Easter represents a symbol of fertility and rebirth.

Get to growing garden goodies inspiration often comes from a flower or vegetable garden sight to behold.

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House & Garden Magazine is a phenomenal source for lawn & garden inspiration, and it is my pleasure to share these enchanting examples.

English cottage gardens visually fascinate me.

Dave the Builder and I designed and planted a small one outside our bedroom at our last house, and although small in size, it commanded a large presence among the total landscape.

Osmanthus Tea Olive Shrub with White Fragrant Flowers

Planted in the garden right outside our bedroom window was a sweet olive tree.

Fragrant scents floated through the late afternoon into evening air, making spring into summer deck sitting times an aromatherapy session of sorts.

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adjective

having a pleasant scent or aroma; sweet-smelling; sweet-scented:
a fragrant rose.

delightful; pleasant:
fragrant memories.

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In regards to planting your own English cottage garden, there’s no need for a large parcel of land or sprawling estate.

Better Homes & Gardens offers plans for creating the perfect cottage garden suited to your taste, zone, and design vision.

Here’s the link:  Garden Plans for Cottage Style 

Garden Plans for Cottage Style

Illustrations by Mavis Augustine Torke 

Aim to create a quaint garden space rich in color, fragrance, and charm.

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Knee High Mix Sweet Pea Seeds

The design objective of the cottage garden is refined undesign.

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“I am rooted, but I flow.”

— Virginia Woolf

Quote means something altogether different, but I thought it fit the occasion.

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Hollyhock Indian Spring

Laying out the design of a cottage garden is similar to styling a coffee table.

High, medium and low is a working concept with considerations to factor in.

When I’m styling a coffee table I sit down on sofa, chair, etc…  and choose the primary sight line.

X marks the center spot- the prime location for a medium or low height object placement.

The outer areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow, theme and visual engagement.

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Border Charm Peony Roots

Color bursts runs intertwined in greenery grandeur.

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Hyacinths Bulbs Easter Basket Blend (Set of 12)

Mix and mingle annuals with perennials, textures and patterns, the shabby with the chic.

Contrast produces an informal, romantic, distinctive and visually pleasing aesthetic.

Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea White Flowering Shrub Bare Root

Ruby Slippers Oakleaf Hydrangea White Flowering Shrub Bare Root

Weave unique planters, chippy garden statues, and accents of interest throughout.

Estate and garage sales, antiques markets, and vintage shops are garden supplies treasure troves for finding pots, planters, tools, and decorative garden statues.

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Antique Shoppes At 1100 Barksdale

Strategically place, tuck and trellis seating and accents.

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Stas Spiral Iron Gothic Trellis
Rose Stepstone Dark Walnut
Fiberstone Pot Planter

Woodland Excelsior Foxglove (Digitalis) Mixture Live Bareroot Perennial Plants (5-Pack)

Woodland Excelsior Foxglove (Digitalis) Mixture Live Bareroot Perennial Plants 

Sunday Lilac (Syringa) Live Deciduous Plant Purple Flowering Shrub

Sunday Lilac (Syringa) Live Deciduous Plant Purple Flowering Shrub

When planting and placing, work with the design rule of odds.

Groupings of three or five fashion the essential casual yet elegant design concept of the cottage garden.

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Fencing of wood, iron, or hedge complete the desired intention of creating an intimate space.

Dark Green Metal Garden Fence (9-Pack)

Dark Green Metal Garden Fence (9-Pack)

Montebello Wrought Iron Garden Edging

Montebello Wrought Iron Garden Edging

Knockout roses.

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Climbing roses.

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Garden roses.

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“There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Grand Freesia & Ranunculus Bulb - Set of 25

Thankfully, the ice storm spared both the flowering quince and azaleas.

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Did you know azaleas are classified as an evergreen shrub?

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Harsh winter weather was cause for concern with so many of our plants and shrubs; however, these Southern Indica azaleas are rated for down to zero degrees fahrenheit.

Spring’s in full bloom gift graces the vases and tabletop places in the home.

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Our Deep South planting soil to temperature zone indicates the essential need for particular plants to be planted in the ground and growing by Easter in order to be strong enough to survive the heat of this region.

Some planting zones, climates, and soils ready for spring gardening quicker than others.

My steadfast rule and suggestion to fellow gardenistas is to first consult a zone map to know the best time for planting vegetables and/or flowers in your part of the world.

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Two gardening go-to sources I consult is the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map and the Louisiana Vegetable Planting Guide from the  LSU AgCenter.

Links to both provided above.

In this area April is the time for planting eggplant, okra, squash, cucumbers, peppers, snap and lima beans.

Based on information gleaned from a host of gardeners in the know,  azaleas, jasmine, viburnum, camellias, and flowering quince are prime for pruning as soon as they finish flowering.

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I shared this picture of the viburnum that did not fare so well during during and after the ice storm.

What, how, and when to cut back to promote new growth is the question I called the extension service with.

Our local extension service is a get it growing source of valuable lawn & garden information and get it growing tips.

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Beauty and the bee is all the buzz, and you know I’m all about the theme.

SHORT HEIGHT PRINTED WELLIBOBS

Short Height Printed Wellibobs – Yellow Bees

Garden shoes for your ready, set, grow activities 🐝.

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Marble Honeycomb Salad Servers

Marble Honeycomb Salad Servers

garden fresh salad ingredients

Pass the buttermilk dressing.

La Rochere Napoleon Bee Verdigris 10 oz. Tumbler, Set of 6

La Rochere Napoleon Bee Verdigris 10 oz. Tumbler, Set of 6

Super cute outdoor pillow set at an unbelievably great price.

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Mainstay Bee Script Outdoor Pillow

Safavieh Hand-hooked Chelsea Aubree Country Oriental Wool Rug

Outdoor spaces decked (porch or patio) out in color, texture, and pattern invite the look of the season to sit in style for awhile.

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Safavieh Hand-hooked Chelsea Aubree Country Oriental Wool Rug

“In spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

—Margaret Atwood

Getting garden ready involves getting garden dirty.

Honey Bee Hand Wash

Honey Bee Hand Wash

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.  To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.”

— Alfred Austin

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Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream

Gardening can be hard on the hands.

After a get to growing gardening session, treat your hands to a post gardening at-home hand spa treatment

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Griffin Products 38 oz Green Hand-blown Glass Hummingbird Feeder

Griffin Products 38 oz Green Hand-blown Glass Hummingbird Feeder

I ordered this hand-blown glass hummingbird feeder today for a friend who is an avid hummingbird watcher.

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Hummingbird Nectar 

Ingredients

granulated white table sugar

Water (tap is fine)

Directions

Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water (for example, 1 cup of sugar with 4 cups of water) until sugar is dissolved.

Do not add red dye.

Fill hummingbird feeder with the sugar water mixture and place outside.

Any extra sugar water can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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Change feeders every other day and thoroughly clean them each time to prevent harmful mold growth

To prevent the growth of mold, a hummingbird feeder should be cleaned and refilled at least twice a week in hot weather and at least once a week in cooler weather.

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House & Garden – Photo by Andrew Montgomery

Bee & Willow Home Garden Tools Set

Bee & Willow Home Garden Tools Set

MOLLY MID HEIGHT PRINTED RAIN BOOTS

Molly Mid Height Printed Rain Boots – Khaki Chickens

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Gardening Goodies

get it growing garden goodies

Tools

Fiskars® 3pc DuraFrame Garden Tools Set
Ames Poly Scoop
Barebones Living Small Garden Scissors
3pc Garden Tool Set – Smith & Hawken™

Planters

White Washed Brown Faux Woven Planter 
Green/Grey Ceramic Artichoke Planter with Saucer
Cast Stone Ornate Low Urn in Aged Charcoal
Fiberstone Pot Planter

Watering Cans

2 Qt Gray Elephant Watering Can
Hunter Green Watering Can with Copper Accents
Place & Time Spring Watering Can – Gold
Achla Designs Haystack Pitcher Watering Jug

Garden Goodies

Cast Stone Leaf Stepstone Dark Walnut
Pure Garden Rolling Garden Work Scooter w/ Tool Tray
Orbit Irrigation Zinc Adjustable Impact Tripod Sprinkler

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House & Garden – Photo by Johannes Mueller

Crisp lettuce.

Tom Thumb leaf lettuce seeds

Leaf Lettuce “Tom Thumb” Seeds – Butterhead 

Home-grown tomatoes.

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Beefsteak Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Fresh from the garden vegetables deliciously complement spring and summer grill it up favorites.

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Edible Plants

Preparing spring fresh dishes and treats can be a messy undertaking.

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Scrolling through the home offerings from Dillard’s resulted in this new pretty for spring purchase.

new spring apron

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Wicker Vegetable Basket

Vegetable themed serveware sets a stunning from the garden tablescape.

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Vintage Vegetable Shaped Italian Majolica Serveware

CORNERRUBY INTERNATIONAL carrot bunny figurine

Cornerruby International Carrot Bunny Figurine

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National Garden Clubs Inc. 

There’s a whole host of reasons for gardening.

Gardening is:

Therapeutic.

Relaxing.

Visually gratifying.

Expresses creativity.

Early spring is an excellent time to plan, plant and Easter parade your flower and vegetable gardens accented with get to growing garden goodies.

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Spring On The Beauty

Spring on the beauty time is here, and my heart is full of expectation for the best of the season to show up and beautifully show out.

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Speaking of time, when I started blogging ten years ago one of the suggestions from those in the know was to be 100% truthful and transparent with your readers.

Based on this expert advice and my truth is key philosophy, I find it necessary to share with you all a realization.

This spring forward daylight savings time thing is kicking my 50something tuchus.

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It’s one of those there’s not enough café au lait in Louisiana to caffeinate the moments of my life days.

Raise your hand and coffee cup if you know what I’m talking about.

The silver lining of the time change is more daytime to enjoy the sights of the season.

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Saturday officially marked the first day of spring on the beauty, and I greeted the day full of vim and vigor.

“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.”

– Bernard Williams

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New spring blooms provided a pretty in pink backdrop for a front yard picnic with family old and new.

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Meet the newest additions to the Places In The Home family.

Our nephews and niece-in-laws traveled to Louisiana to introduce us to one month old Oliver and six month old Beau.

Three year old Wyatt was masked up and ready to hunt Easter eggs.

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The biggest baby in the family, Beaux the Wonder Shepherd, posed pretty for the camera on the not so ready for spring time good times patio.

Beau Shepherd

Our front yard picnic-Covid responsible-spring time is here gathering was a bright spot in the post winter ice storm aftermath.

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Signs of spring in the beauty is slowly coming back to life.

Red Diamond Loropetalum Shrub with Burgundy Foliage and Bright Red Blooms

Red Diamond Loropetalum Shrub

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Cleveland Select Flowering Pear Tree Bare Root

 Cleveland Select Flowering Pear Tree

Spring suppers tend to run a little later and a little lighter.

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Spring fresh green, fruit, or pasta salads.

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Colorful Vegetables

Garden veggie plates.

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Chilled Louisiana Gulf seafood platters.

Tory Burch Home lettuce ware dishes

Tory Burch Home

Many evenings we’ll eat on the patio or porch.

Cabbage Oval Platter

Cabbage Oval Platter

I prepare each of us a tray set with spring themed dinnerware in keeping with my firm belief you eat with your eyes first.

Set Of 12 Franciscan Desert Rose Dinner Plates

Set Of 12 Franciscan Desert Rose Dinner Plates

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Gardenia Salt and Pepper Set

Wares and decorative pieces inspired by spring set the loveliest of tables and trays.

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Ceramic Cabbage Plate

So pretty!

Stoneware Chinese Cabbage Jug - White

Stoneware Chinese Cabbage Jug – White

Color, texture, pattern and taste repeats throughout chosen spring favorites.

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Braised Artichokes with Shallots & Peas

Ingredients

Finely grated zest and juice of 2 lemons

6 large artichokes, about 1/2 lb. each

3 Tbs. olive oil

2 large shallots, finely chopped

1 sprig fresh thyme

½ cup (4 fl. oz.) dry white wine

1 ½ cups (12 fl. oz.) low-sodium chicken broth, plus more if needed

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 small clove garlic, chopped

Leaves from 1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

6-8 leaves fresh mint, cut into slices

1 lb. fresh English peas, shelled

½ cup (4 oz.) creme fraiche

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

Directions

Have ready a bowl of water to which you have added the lemon juice.

Working with 1 artichoke at a time, pull off and discard the tough outer leaves until you reach the tender, pale yellow-green inner leaves.

Cut off about 1 inch from the top to remove the prickly tips.  Using a paring knife, remove the tough outer layer on the stem.

Cut the trimmed artichokes lengthwise into quarters.

As each artichoke is finished, drop it into the lemon water.

Warm a large saute pan over medium-high heat and add the oil.  Add the shallots and thyme sprig and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Drain the artichokes, shake off the excess water, and add to the pan.  Raise the heat to high, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the artichokes are lightly browned in places, about 5 minutes.

Add the wine and cook until reduced to about 2 tablespoons, about 3 minutes.  Add the broth and ½ teaspoon salt and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the artichokes are tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, 12-15 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix together the garlic, parsley, mint and lemon zest.

When the artichokes are done, there should be at least ½ cup (4 fl. oz.) of liquid left in the pan.  Add a little more broth if needed. Add the peas, then stir in the creme fraiche and mustard.

Cook, stirring, until the peas are warmed through, about 2 minutes.

Gently stir in the herb mixture, taste and adjust the seasonings, and serve. Serves 4-6.

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This Helsa Vintage Green Stacked Artichokes accent immediately caught my eye, and the thought is how lovely a focal point piece for an entry table or tablescape this spring appropriate accent will make.

A&B Home Helsa 16-inch Vintage Green Stacked Artichokes Accent

A&B Home Helsa 16-inch Vintage Green Stacked Artichokes Accent

What’s your spring on the beauty plan?

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Spring Garden Buzz is Building

The first day of spring is right around the corner, and spring garden buzz is building.

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“Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.”

Rumi

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Green is the color of spring- a back to nature neutral that lushly complements all shades of green and spring related colors.

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Hydrangeas bud, bloom, and beautify the Southern flower garden.

The blue hydrangea bush Dave the Builder planted for me last spring bit the dust this winter.

Although our winter was mild compared to our northern friends, yours truly failed to properly protect the hydrangea bush during the one below freezing blast we did have.

Guess what’s on my spring garden buzz list to plant.

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Fliers from local nurseries and garden centers are beginning to arrive in the mail, and I’m plotting the potting garden path to full bloom color.

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Local farmers are preparing the fields, ready to plant, water, and harvest the sweetest corn and tomatoes soon to be the stars of the local farm stand.

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“Springtime is the land awakening.  The March winds are the morning yawn.”

Lewis Grizzard

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There’s no two ways about it, getting garden ready involves getting a little garden dirty.

Enter the garden workstation.

Opening a bag of potting soil, filling a pot or planter with it and working the soil, adding the seeds or gingerly removing a plant or flower from the nursery pot, and placing the plant or flower into the pot is a relaxing therapy session of sorts.

Spring Garden Buzz

Country Living – Photo by Tim Street-Porter

Garden workstations, potting tables, and potting benches make life in the garden so much easier.

 

Outdoor Garden Wood Storage Furniture Box Waterproof Tool Shed w/ Potting Bench

Outdoor Garden Wood Storage Waterproof Tool Shed w/ Potting Bench

There’s plenty of options of both the retail and DIY kind.

The chippy chic farm table I found at a curbside boutique (trash) worked for years until it disintegrated.

Before that, two saw horses and a sheet of pressure- treated plywood got the job done.

 

Deluxe Cedar Potting Bench

Deluxe Cedar Potting Bench

The point is a garden workstation is garden potting, trimming, storage hub.

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Customizing a potting bench is as simple as a gallon of paint and garden perfect hardware and hooks.

Bee Metal Wall Hook

garden-accessories

Simplicity Floppy Hat Women’s UPF 50+ Straw Sun Beach Hat
Large Market Basket – Threshold™
Gardman 1-Gallon Galvanized Steel Watering Can
Joules Mid Molly Welly

Container ideas for early spring planting from Garden Answer.

Isn’t this gorgeous!

 

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My first thought when I saw this pink wheelbarrow was what a great Mother’s Day gift idea.

Marathon Industries Pink Poly WheelborrowMarathon Industries Pink Poly Wheelborrow

A pink wheelbarrow loaded with garden goodies such as a flat of color rich flowers, a bag of mulch, gardening gloves and the like will be a big hit with the gardenista group.

Roepickers Work Gloves Blue Floral - Smith & Hawken

Roepickers Work Gloves Blue Floral – Smith & Hawken

Distressed Copper and Verdigris Metal Round Drum Planters with Handle

Kirkland’s

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Estate and garage sales are garden supplies treasure troves for finding pots, planters, tools, and decorative garden statues in good and stylish curb appeal condition.

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Flower Magazine

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Garden cloches help to keep cute garden visitors from feasting upon plants and flowers.

Willow Cloche Protector

Willow Cloche Protector

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Stepping stones add instant flair and function to lawn and garden.

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The first hint of spring comes through longer days and first traces of pollen in rain puddles along the driveway.

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Wind chimes doing their spring thing, early morning into afternoon serenades from the feathered choir and full blooms of back yard azalea bushes remind me of early Aprils spent in Texas lazing around the sleep porch at my great-grandparent’s house.

sunroom-LDa-Architecture-Interiors LDa Architecture & Interiors

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Ticking Stripe Blue Decorative 20-inch Throw Pillows (Set of 2)
Surikova Ticking Cotton Lumbar Pillow

Emails, E cards, and online greetings rule the present day communication preferences, but there’s something about the handwritten note that is still so special.

Vegetable Greetings Card Pack

Vegetable Greetings Card Pack

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USPS Wild Orchids Forever Stamps

In keeping with the ever popular bee theme, I’m sharing these spring garden buzz appropriate and ever stylish dish and decor options.

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H&M

The taste of spring in a bottle becomes a recipe project ready to bee keep and gift.

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Photo by Jose Picayo 

Rosemary Honey

Ingredients

8 cups mild honey

10 sprigs of rosemary

Directions

In a medium saucepan over low heat, cook honey and 6 sprigs rosemary just until honey begins to bubble around the edges.  Remove from heat and let steep for 20 minutes.

Using tongs, remove and discard rosemary sprigs and any stray leaves.  To decant, divide honey among 4 clean 16-ounce jars.  Let cool completely, about 40 minutes.  Insert 1 fresh sprig rosemary into each jar, and tighten lids to seal.

-Country Living Magazine

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Natural Raffia
Studio Silversmiths Beehive Crystal Honey Jar
Free Printable Bee Tag

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Embellish the jar with a free printable bee tag of your choice secured with natural raffia or bee inspired ribbon for a fun and festive look.

bee ribbon EtsyBlack + Taupe Bee Printed Woven Cotton Ribbon • 3/4″

After sourcing and sharing these spring garden lovelies, I know I can certainly see what all the spring garden buzz is about.

With one week to go until the first day of spring, it’s time to plan your get it growing garden.

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Get Your Garden Growing Ready: Spring Gardening Tips

Spring gardening tips prove once again it’s time to ready, plan, and plant spring flower, vegetable, and herb gardens.

Warmer weather and longer days naturally entice us to spend more time outdoors, and gardening is the outdoor activity many enjoy come spring.

Now is the time to get your garden growing ready with these spring gardening tips.

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Rooted Garden

Spring Gardening  Tips

Not all planting zones are created equal.

Some planting zones, climates, and soils ready for spring gardening quicker than others.

Find your zone by clicking on the link: USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

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For the gardenistas who live in a zone not ready for planting, now is the time to get your garden growing plan together.

Remember, too, indoor container, planter, and windowsill gardens grow indoors year-round.

Spring gardening tips help you to decide your flower, vegetable and herb garden of preference and get your deck, patio, porch, terrace, or windowsill garden growing ready.

Best Choice Products 3-Tier 4x4ft Elevated Wooden Garden Bed Planter Kit

Best Choice Products 3-Tier 4x4ft Elevated Wooden Garden Bed Planter Kit

Good soil is the foundation of a good grow, and a good spring cleaning of sorts prepares the soil for proper growth.

With a garden fork, gently work the soil with a soft dig to loosen the soil.

You’ll only need to loosen the soil in a vegetable or flower garden one time in the spring.

Consult a weather app, Farmers Almanac, or give your local extension service a call to find out when the threat of Jack Frost is past before planting your vegetable or flower garden.

Most vegetables and flowers require approximately six hours of full sun each day.

Choose the area of your yard, deck, patio, porch, terrace, or windowsill that gets the most sun during the day and plant accordingly.

What and when to plant?

Tone on Tone

For vegetables:

Top 10 Easiest to Grow Vegetables (according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac)

Tomatoes

Zucchini squash

Peppers

Cabbage

Bush beans

Lettuce

Beets

Carrots

Chard

Radishes

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House & Home

Mid to late March through May is a good time to get your spring vegetable and herb garden going and growing with tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, squash, eggplant, okra, basil, oregano, sage, thyme, dill, chives, rosemary, and mint.

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Grow Cooking Herbs, Parsley, Thyme, Cilantro, Basil, Dill, Oregano, Sage and Assortment of 12 Culinary Herb Seeds

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4 Terracotta Pots In Wire Basket 4 Terracotta Pots In Wire Basket 

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If you’re wondering what vegetables to plant, think of food pairings.

Tomato and basil.

Spinach and lettuce.

Carrots and rosemary.

Corn and squash.

Good decorating pairings bring about a fresh look.

Good gardening pairings bring delicious flavor and delightful fragrance to the table.

Robertas-6-Piece-Sumo-Series-PetuniasRoberta’s 6-Piece Sumo Series Petunias

For flowers:

Mid March to early May is the rule of green thumb for planting perennials.

Annuals fare better when planted in late spring.

Clean out your flower beds by removing last year’s leftovers.

Cut back last year’s perennials and ornamental grasses to encourage healthy new growth.

Remove exhausted bulbs and divide perennials.

Consult your seed packet(s) for directions on when to plant, depth of planting, and spacing.

spring-scent-flowersColor comes to call in the spring garden.

Peonies, wisteria, hyacinth, lilacs, and lilies fill your garden with gorgeous color and fragrance.

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Round Galvanized Metal Planter With Handles

Round Galvanized Metal Planter With Handles

Lilacs grow best when planted in fertile soil and placed in full sun.

Lilacs will not fully bloom if overwatered.

A layer of compost followed by a layer of mulch helps to retain moisture and combat weeds.

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Hummingbirds and butterflies are fascinating little creatures to watch.  Southern Living offers spring gardening tips for almost everything gardening under the sun and shade.

Ragin’ Cajun Ruellia gives a shout out to my Louisiana roots.

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Bells of Fire™ Tecoma is another perennials tubular flower that attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies.

Click here to learn more plants to spring plant that will attract hummingbirds.

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Ragin’ Cajun® Ruellia

I love the Cameo Japanese flowering quince in my brother’s courtyard.

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A day trip to Forest Hill, Louisiana, better known as the nursery capital, to purchase a Cameo Japanese flowering quince is on the spring gardening agenda.

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Azaleas in full color and full bloom means beauty and the beast I call pollen is all around as evidenced by this hot pink azalea bouquet and the pollen streams in the driveway.

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Weeds are a thorn in the side, front, and back of any vegetable or flower garden.

Mulch cuts down on weeds, adds a layer of insulation, and keeps plant roots moist.

mulch-colorsDave the Builder used his new Craftsman Handheld Gas Leaf Blower to blow the pine needles off the roof and into the flower bed where it will be used as mulch.

Craftsman handheld blower

Excuse our work in progress mess.

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Fresh from the produce department tomatoes will do for now, but there is no substitute for fresh home garden tomatoes.

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To give your tomato plants a good grow, feed the soil with a small amount of fertilizer and compost at planting time.

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Plant the roots as deep as possible.

Freshly planted tomato plants will require a daily healthy watering for a couple of weeks after planting to properly seep into the soil and moisten the area.

Garden tomatoes require at least 1-2 inches of water a week.

Low and slow applies to watering tomatoes.

Water the plants low at the stem and water slowly.

Tomato plants are slow drinkers.

Flooding the area is not what we’re going for here.

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Miracle-Gro Drip and Soaker Kit

Water your tomato crop once every two or three days at the height of summer.

Early morning is the best time to water.

As summer temps soar, you may want to water the plants both in the early morning and early evening on the days you water.

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Bacon sandwiches, homemade hamburgers, fresh from the garden salads, and spring to summer dishes deliciously begin and end with the homegrown tomato.

As I typed fresh from the garden salads, it reminded me of the story a friend shared with me about a dinner menu conversation she had with her husband.

The friend asked her husband what he wanted for dinner.

The husband answered in perfect course order beginning with (his words not hers nor mine) a little house salad.

Curious about what exactly the husband thought a little house salad was, the friend asked the husband to expound.

“Well, you know, it’s a little salad you make at the house.”

All I know is the husband’s vegetable garden produced the best tomatoes, cucumbers, banana peppers, squash, and radishes that went into many a fresh spring to summer salad mixed and enjoyed at their house.

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Leafy greens and vegetables star in the latest entertaining trend, the edible table runner.

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I’m learning more and more the best way to go in spring and summer entertaining is to set a casual and inviting table, keep the menu, ingredients, music, and conversation fresh and simple, and have plenty of homemade buttermilk dressing on hand.

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House & Home

Spring Gardening Tips, Tools, & Accessories

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Firm Grip Garden Gloves

Protecting your hands, skin, and feet is a must.

Sunburn, dry and weathered hands, and wet feet do not a happy gardener make.

Tirrinia Ladies Wide Brim Sun Flap Cover Cap Adjustable Beach Gardening Hat

Tirrinia Ladies Wide Brim Sun Flap Cover Cap Adjustable Beach Gardening Hat

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I bought two Dove Nourishing Care Intensive-Creams on at Dollar Tree, and am so glad I did.

The formula is rich, smells divine, and has good staying power without being greasy.

I like it so much I bought five more last week.

It gets my perfect for gardening hands seal of approval.

gardening goodies

Tools

Fiskars® 3pc DuraFrame Garden Tools Set
Ames Poly Scoop 
Barebones Living Small Garden Scissors
3pc Garden Tool Set – Smith & Hawken™

Planters

White Washed Brown Faux Woven Planter 
Wakefield Handmade Anduze Manchette Planter
Aged Charcoal Cast Stone Flower Rectangular Planter
Square Charcoal Cast Stone Column Planter

Watering Cans

Metal Watering Can – Smith & Hawken™
Achla Designs Haystack Pitcher Watering Jug
Herb Print Watering Can
Perfect Pour Copper Watering Can

Garden Goodies

Kalani Large Sea Grass Utility Basket with Wood Handle
Esschert Design USA Ceramic Plant Markers
Sontax Rolling Garden Cart with Tool Tray
Deluxe Metal Pulsating Sprinkler with Tripod

A lovely garden statue accentuates the design and the beauty of your garden.

Children First Love Statue

Children First Love Statue

Cast stone and terracotta planters in neutral tones instill a touch of European elegance.

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Winter is in the rearview mirror, and our sights and tastes are set on the spring flowers and vegetables planted and produced in the spring yard, deck, patio, porch, terrace, or windowsill garden.

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Happy Happy Joy Joy! It’s Time for Spring

Happy happy joy joy!  It’s time for spring.

Officially.

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Home Depot

I almost feel guilty in my time for spring celebration when I get an email from the Canadian snowbird with the following image attached.

Almost.

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A jaunt to the Home Depot garden center tops the time for spring planting to-do list.

Curb appeal begins with spring cleaning, planting, updating and exterior decorating.

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In order to achieve optimum spring curb appeal you gotta have the proper tools to get the job done.

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A recent time for spring inventory of the tools and toys needed for the upcoming lawn and garden season resulted in the Places In The Home gang becoming proud owners of a new riding mower.

This bad boy is 15.5HP of get the job done in no time power.

In all the new lawn and garden toy excitement, Dave the Builder set the cutting height a tad too low.

Let’s just say our front yard has that freshly scalped mowed look.




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That’s one way to eliminate the need to mow for a week or two.

Loropetalum

Purple Diamond Loropetalum is good for an early blast of bloom and color.

I won’t go so far as to say it basically grows itself, but once established it is  low maintenance.

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Every time I say Loropetalum I think of sayings you only hear in the South and one I consider a classic- going by Laura’s house.

Going by Laura’s house is the term my mother’s best friend’s mother coined years ago for when she would have to go out of her way to get to her intended destination.

Miss Melba called that going by Laura’s house.

It wasn’t until recently that my mother discovered the truth about going by Laura’s house, and now we say it all the time.

How I love the sayings you only hear in the South.

HGTV inspiration strikes again.

Add a dollar store drop in to the time for spring lawn and garden list.

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Sightings of buds and blooms in spring fling color usher in spring and Easter parade palettes.

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You know it’s time for spring by the scents and sights of spring in full bloom.

I would love to be able to bottle the the fragrance of freshly picked wisteria to use as a linen spray on crisp cotton sheets.

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Fresh flowers, delightful fragrances, visually stunning table settings, and the scent and sight of it’s time for spring in the late afternoon or evening gorgeously set the scene, mood and table for spring entertaining.

The “I Love a Charade” episode of Sex and the City is my garden party touchstone.

Good friends.

Well-appointed buffet.

Smooth tunes.

Beautifully accessorized tables.

Lilacs.

Butterflies.

The essentials of spring entertaining.

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Southern Living Plant Collection Dear Dolores Hydrangea Deciduous Shrub, Pink or Blue Mophead Blooms

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Hydrangeas paired with a blue and white porcelain Chinoiserie planter makes a gorgeous garden party presentation.

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What’s a garden party without a garden salad?

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Benjamin Moore Tomato Red
Benjamin Moore Mayonnaise
Behr Asparagus
Benjamin Moore Cucumber

 

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Bordallo Pinheiro Tomato Salad Bowl

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Comer Wheelbarrow Salad Bowl

Time, nature and the calendar tells us it’s time for spring.

Our senses alert us to spring’s arrival.

Color rich gardens show us the beauty of spring.

I do love a season that shows out.

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Deliveries. Issues. Solutions. That’s the Way It Goes With Major Home Improvement Projects

My posting plan to bring you the companion piece post to Do You Know What It Means to Love the Decorating Styles Characteristic of the New Orleans Garden District didn’t quite make it to deadline.  Deliveries, issues and solutions have taken priority over my normal posting schedule, but that’s the way it goes with major home improvement projects.

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Home improvement projects are not without problems, delays and contractor issues.  Don’t you just hate that?

roofing supplies

We are now back on track, and from the looks of things it’s time to get things started up on the roof.

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Lawn and garden cleanup is on schedule.

And loud.

Dave reminded me, “if you think this is loud, wait until the roofers get started.”

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A good suggestion for surviving major home improvement projects is to always be prepared.

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Have a wonderful weekend.

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Budding and Blooming Spring Curb Appeal

Budding and blooming spring curb appeal lawn and garden enthusiasts know the beauty and the value of curb appeal.

First impressions make lasting impressions.

Curb appeal traditionally is the topic of buying or selling a home conversation, but what about the value of curb appeal between the bookends?

I want the ooh and aah effect of gorgeous curb appeal to impress me, the homeowner, first and foremost.

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Spring motivates home improvement.

The first day of spring rollout makes it official, and by the look and buzz of things around the neighborhood everything’s coming up roses, azaleas, marigolds, verbena, zinnias, impatiens, begonias, sago palms and hanging baskets of fern.

We’ve got this budding and blooming spring curb appeal covered.

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Consulting the buds and blooms bible aka the LSU Ag Center Bedding Plants for Louisiana Landscapes for plant this, grow that advice confirms we are a go for grow.

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Succulents make a lovely showing, and the decorative box Dave the Builder made for me a couple of years ago is the inspiration for a container garden.

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Color leads the way when orchestrating palette and planting.

The Barn Nursery’s Fool Proof Color Guide to Container Gardening gives color combination advice for creating beautiful color combos, height and size suggestions and recommendations for low-maintenance blooms.

You can download your free copy of the guide here.

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Speaking of budding and blooming spring curb appeal gorgeous DIY projects, here’s an idea for an address number wall planter from HGTV.

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Difficulty is the word that springs to mind when it comes to our efforts to plant and successfully grow hydrangeas.

A planting debate ensued over the recently purchased pink hydrangea.

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I suspected failure would follow if we prematurely planted the hydrangea under the assumption of the “we had no winter” temperatures of late.

Last week the overnight temperatures dipped into the mid 30s.

I had a feeling.

hydrangea pattern outdoor fabric

This Violet Hydrangea Oilcloth Fabric from Online Fabric Store is marked oh. my. gorgeous! for outdoor pillows.

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Adonis Roman Concrete Chalice Garden Urn  – Christopher Knight Home

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Regardless if you are sprucing up your already in place exterior features or adding new, the budding and blooming spring curb appeal is rooted in the lawn and garden details.

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Painting the front door instantly adds a zip of spring spectacular color. Decorative stepping stones walk the garden path walk of function and curb appeal style.

Outdoor planters have come into their own, stylishly speaking.

The round copper patina cast stone pot and tan wash round rim clay planters from Home Depot deliver on all curb appeal fronts.

curb appeal ideas

Making the spring curb appeal gorgeous gotta have it list is the alligator door knocker by Michael Healy Designs.

Regional designs and decor accessories reflecting regional attributes impress a touch of home.

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Michael Healy Designs

I’m adding these garden themed door knockers to the budding and blooming spring curb appeal gotta have it list.

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Wind & Weather Fish Downspout Statue

Dress up gutter bottoms while steering rain water from the downspout to the lawn with a lawn and garden decorative downspout statue.

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Dave snapped a shot of the new recessed LED retrofit downlight with his cell phone.  The yard and beds show winter wear and are no where near spring ready, but you get the idea.

Looking at the house from the street/curb/sidewalk, the light is not as bright as it appears in the photo.

It is a very pleasing choice of exterior accent lighting.

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Lamp(s) on a front porch create such an inviting ambiance.  Isn’t that the idea?

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From season to season, garden statues benefit from a quick cleaning, paint touch up or even a color change.

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Our side yard factors into the curb appeal equation. In fact, it gets more lawn and garden attention than the front yard.  It has quickly become a bird bathing-bird feeding-bird watching neighborhood attraction.

The DIY chandelier bird feeder sees plenty of visitors, and the fourth generation bird bath (that bird bath is older than I am) is quite the gathering place.  Mama Places In The Home tends to the bird bath water (from the looks of the above photo, somebody needs to get to get to filling it up).

The antics of our winged friends supplies us with hours of bird-watching entertainment.

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Budding and blooming spring curb appeal goes a long way in making the right first impression.  It announces style lives here.

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