Georgina Talley Backyard June 20th, 2018 - 23:33:49
These glass garden accents were popularized during the Victorian period when 4-inch hanging balls of either gold or blue were used to scare off witches. Miniature gazing globes are designed to hang in the air along a garden path or beside a pond. Today's globes are typically ten to twelve inches, but globes as small as five inches and as large as twenty inches can also be found. Blue and green globes capture light well, but if you want a clear reflection of your backyard, go with silver. Warm colors like red or gold work well near seating or above plants of a similar color. Gazing globes can be placed directly on the lawn or in a flowerbed, but they reflect light better if mounted on a stand. Stands are often works of art in themselves, ranging from classical Greek columns with scrolls and acanthus leaves to whimsical designs with animals, fairies, and other figures.
Feeders were our main focus on how to initially draw the birds into the yard, after all, a birds gotta eat right? We learned that different birds have different eating habits as well. Robins prefer open areas to feed, where as smaller birds like the sparrow enjoy feedings they can perch on, and hummingbirds can be drawn in with a simple sugar and water mixture you can make at home (1 part sugar to 4 parts water, no sweeter than that). The great thing about a hanging bird feeder is that a mixture of seeds will set a table for a good variety of birds.
The chairs or loungers are available with or without cushions. These make them very comfortable as well as offering the opportunity to have a special fabric design which blends in beautifully with the surroundings. These are very comfortable for guests as well as relaxing in the afternoon or evening hours. Stretching out on a lounger with matching ottoman provides a perfect place to rest at the end of a busy day.
Decor items such as angels, a small waterfall, water bell chimes, gentle tone wind chimes, moon flowers, and subtle lighting can be combined to create a tranquil, meditative back yard atmosphere. A statue of an angel adds reverence to a garden area. Stepping stones with inspiring quotes are an ideal accessory for a tranquil garden design. The peaceful burbling of a small waterfall calms the environment. Wind chimes with their gentle tinkling in the breeze can really create a space ideal for meditation and relaxation.
Of course, there needs to be some type of seating in the garden. Once such a beautiful garden space has been created, it should be enjoyed. A pathway lined with solar lights could be designed to lead directly to a bench, an outdoor swing, or a couple of chairs arrangement near or in the center of the garden. A solar spotlight could be used to illuminate a uniquely shaped plant or shrub at night.
Another category is items that are both attractive and practical. Large clocks, decorative thermometers, and rain gauges can add beauty and function to an outdoor garden area. One can have fun seeing how much it rained during the day or what the temperature is outside.