Cassie Casey Backyard July 02nd, 2018 - 23:51:43
Spring just cannot come quick enough for most of us this year. It seems that more than half of the country has been in a deep freeze this winter. But don't worry, summer will be here soon, and we will be begging for cooler temperatures in no time.
Rain chains, called "kusari doi" in their native Japan, make beautiful and practical backyard decor. Although rain chains have been used for centuries in Japan to gather water, these days in the west they're used primarily for draining water from the roof. However they're used, rain cascading down these chains makes stormy weather look and sound a little more cheerful. Usually made from copper or stainless steel, the chains may be simple interlinked loops or more fanciful rows of tulip or lily cups. To use a rain chain, just remove your downspout and put the rain chain in its place. To complete the look, place a matching copper rain basin under the chain.
A classical and elegant look includes figurines and statues. They can be placed in various locations throughout the yard. They can be semi-hidden among the flowers and plants or placed under a tree in the yard. Solar lights create a romantic ambience. Stepping stones and gazing balls add color to a backyard. Also, container gardening can enhance this theme. Planting flowers and placing them around your space especially next to seating is not only aesthetically pleasing, but the aroma is relaxing and inviting too and can even be a little romantic as well.
Backyard decorations can make the exterior space of a home as attractive as the indoor area. They are an ideal form of self-expression.
The most common yard accessories cater to birds and include the bird feeder, bird house and bird bath. The reason they are so popular is because they attract birds to the yard and give them an incentive to stay a while. Most people enjoy listening to the birds sing and fly around. They are very beautiful creatures. They are nature's real live backyard decoration with their bright colors, lively personalities, and beautiful songs. Also, the bird accessories are very various with many purposes and can be tucked into the branches of an overgrown tree, suspended from a porch awning or placed in the middle of the yard.
A backyard sundial not only makes a unique conversation piece, it's also functional. When installed correctly, sundials keep quite accurate time. While horizontal sundials are the most common, there are also vertical sundials that can be hung on a wall. A more unusual design is the reflected ceiling dial. This horizontal sundial uses sun reflected from a mirror to drawn the hour lines on the ceiling. For many home landscapers, though, time telling comes second to aesthetic value. In addition to hour lines, the sundial plates are typically enhanced with a design such as an animal or leaves, and many carry inscriptions. Usually the dial's gnomon, or hour hand, is also incorporated into the design on the dial plate.