Carole Carroll Backyard June 11th, 2018 - 00:31:47
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.
First, consider the outdoor needs of you and your family. If you have children, designate a play area in an open area of your backyard. Use colorful containers or a large plastic bin to store outdoor toys and design a relaxing sitting and conversation area within eyesight for easy supervision. Your sitting area may be as simple as a few lounge chairs or a full outdoor living area with weather resistant wicker furniture and colorful throw pillows to brighten the room.
Another way to add a living room feel to your home is the addition of solar lamps. I am not talking about those cheap lights that people have along their driveway. I am referring to lamps that you would be comfortable with displaying in your home.
Backyard decorations can make the exterior space of a home as attractive as the indoor area. They are an ideal form of self-expression.
After you've set these items up in your yard, you can move on to placing several bird houses in your yard. Now depending on which birds that are indigenous to your area you'll need to research their nesting habits, for instance, robins are platform nesters which is why they build nests in tree branches and bushes, but a smaller bird like a chickadee or a sparrow look for small holes or cavities in trees to nest in, so a bird house with a narrow opening would be ideal for them.
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.