Archive for March, 2013
I’m going to deviate a bit today. Instead of tooting my own horn (completely), I’m going to share a link with you that provides great tools to plan your garden and arrange your furniture, decorative elements and storage sheds. “Plan-a-Garden,” offered free by Better Homes and Gardens, enables you to create a beautiful yard on your computer with a few clicks in a few minutes.
“Plan-a-Garden” (http://buff.ly/10duajK) helps you design whatever your imagination conjures, from a container garden nestled against the side of a patio, to a whole-yard layout complete with pond, bridge, wishing well and bird houses. You can drag-and-drop more than 150 types of trees, shrubs and flowers and place and rearrange dozens of structures like garden hutches, fences and decks.
Of course, GardenFurniturePatio.com offers several types of garden hutches, planter boxes for constructing container gardens (complete with stakes to mark the different plants!), decorative structures like bridges and wishing wells, and even bird houses for you to attract feathered friends to share your garden relaxation time. So, while planning your garden, remember to visit us and select some of our durable, quality garden, patio, deck and pool-side furniture.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day! It’s cloudy here in Washington, D.C.; but our friends are returning from the parade and heading for a warm pub with cold beverages!
Are you enjoying the celebration outdoors on my durable, comfortable garden, patio, deck and poolside furniture? If not, you could be! Please visit www.GardenFurniturePatio.com to select some beautiful pieces for your outdoor space. Here is a suggestion from my rattan wicker collection:
Rattan wicker patio table set with cushions featuring solid aluminum frame and stylish beveled-edge glass tabletop for year-round, maintenance-free outdoor living. The table is 35 inches by 35 inches by 29 inches high. Include four stackable chairs with comfortable armrests and finished with decorative leg ferrules. The tabletop is 3/8-inch-thick pate glass with beveled edges. The rattan wicker strapping is woven from virgin vinyl for a natural feel and is colored a dark chestnut brown. The four high-density foam cushions included in this set come in a choice of Burgundy Red or Nautical Blue.
Early spring is a great time to prepare your garden, patio, deck and poolside for the months of relaxation to come. Your prep is quicker and easier depending on how much you want to do, how much you need to do and how much you don’t have to do!
Consider your choice of garden furniture retailer. Brick-and-mortar stores offer good selections, and you can touch and literally weigh your options when you shop at them. However, shopping online, through GardenFurniturePatio.com, for example, offers quality choices in furniture materials and styles. Also, our prices might be lower than in brick-and-mortar stores since we don’t have high overhead costs. Our collections also cover your next consideration when buying outdoor furniture: How durable is it? What it require storage during inclement weather or regular maintenance? Our collections are manufactured using durable, pest- and fungus-resistant western red Cedar, resin rattan wicker and Java teak, so your maintenance time and costs will be almost nil. No worrying about replacement costs, storage or how to maintain its beauty for many years!
Finally, measure your outdoor entertaining area and determine how much room your prospective pieces will occupy to ensure sufficient room for your outdoor suite.
St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner … well, 10 days away. Now is a great time to begin planning a celebration of Irish heritage. Why not have it on your deck or patio! This might not be a good idea if you’re hip-deep in snow or drowning in “wintry mix,” as we are on the East Coast and in the Midwest. But, in 10 days maybe it’ll all be melted and the temperature in the 60s! Here are a few ideas to get your juices flowing.
For a main course try hearty Beef and Irish Stout Stew served with or over mashed potatoes. For a good recipe, visit AllRecipes.com. Stew is a dish that can be adapted easily for more (or fewer) people. Irish Soda Bread is a good accompaniment, but biscuits serve just as nicely.
For drinks: Irish Cow (a warm drink), Irish Spring, Nutty Irishman (shooter or cocktail), and St. Patrick’s Day Mocha Java. I get my recipes from The Complete Bartender (Revised Edition, 2003) by Robyn M. Feller. Search the net for recipes. Need an Irish-themed movie? Try The Quiet Man with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. (Photo, NEW Square Hanging Umbrella.)
I’m sorry that my blog posts have slackened off lately. It’s that tedious tax time; and, no matter how well organized I think I am, it still takes time to get all the receipts, statements and forms together. Whew!
Well, it’s getting close to spring, a time for cleaning up the garden, planning and designing new flower beds and shrubbery plantings, and selecting fine-quality furniture and gardening benches and storage hutches to help you realize your garden plans and relax in your oasis. As I have mentioned before in this blog, lower prices abound among the items I sell. And this year I am offering several different styles of umbrellas, which I will introduce in a few weeks. In addition, the TU90 Teak Umbrella now ships as a two-piece pole, which reduces the freight charges for this item.
The next few blogs will feature these new umbrellas, so I hope you’ll return often … and, of course, visit my Web site to purchase items for your garden, patio and poolside. Pictured is my new Shanghai Umbrella, featuring a 9-foot umbrella and 8-foot aluminum pole.