home ground

Thu, Sep 11, 2008

I find that many people only think of planting bulbs when they see the bright yellow rows of daffodils in flower by our dual carriageways in spring, or when blown away by the magic of bluebells in flower in our local woodlands and so on, again in spring. Now is the time for planting such bulbs, not when they are actually flowering during the spring months of the year. Tiptoeing through the tulips is all well and good provided that they are planted in time during the autumn for February to April effect.

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home ground

Thu, Aug 07, 2008

It has been a strange gardening year so far. In my garden at least, plants are beginning to flower that have already flowered earlier this year while some spring shrubs are only coming into flower now. I’m not complaining, though, as flowers at any time are welcome. Another thing that is very noticeable this year is the beautiful scents in my garden. Such a variety of perfumes from lilies, buddleias, etc. They really brighten my days.

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Thu, Aug 07, 2008

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Take the cooler route to a new fridge

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

A new fridge is a major investment, and not one to be taken lightly. With so many models and features now available, finding the fridge that's right for you and your family requires some planning and a good deal of shopping around.

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Let Pat McDonnell give your home a colour class

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

Have you ever fretted over what colour to paint your living room? Ever wished that you could get the opinion of a professional designer to pick the perfect colour combination for your home?

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gardening with Anne McKeon

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

Though plants should form the backbone of our gardens, including features and decorative objects can add the finishing touches and give an insight to the personality of the gardener.

My garden is just an extension of my own personality with plants as reminders of places visited and people met, with patio furniture made by my father from materials collected by me or gifted to me, pots, ornaments acquired over time, and so on. Every piece in the garden tells a story. What does your garden say about you?

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Bathe in luxury in the ‘Stone One’

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

The critically acclaimed ‘Stone One’ bathtub from Aquamass has become a classic well-established icon in bathrooms across the world. Thanks to its line of purity, its curves and rounding shape, its sweet appearance and soft touch, this bathtub is synonymous with emotion, generosity, sensuality, and femininity.

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Gain an extra room the easy way

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

Is your home feeling crowded? Are you starting a business and need space for an office, or would you just like to have a spare room for when guests stay over? The extra space needed for you and your family may already be in your home. With Fides Contracts conversions you can seamlessly and cost-effectively extend your living space and add value to your home by converting your garage, your attic, or even your garden shed.

Making the best use out of your existing space and buildings is the most cost effective and easy way to create additional living space. With so many options available all you have to decide is how to best use your new found space. A spare bedroom, a playroom for the kids, a room to entertain in, or even a quiet area where you can retreat to and relax after those stressful days at work, your options are endless!

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Blue is the colour

Thu, Jul 17, 2008

The colour blue is, in my opinion, a very classy colour adding a sharpness to any garden setting. It conjures up images on the one hand of Mediterranean holidays, azure skies and seas, while on the other hand reflects the ‘moody blues’. It is in effect a very versatile colour. Mix with it minor shades of blue such as lavenders and mauves and you have a very calming setting, which is of course something that we all strive for in our ‘fast lane’ lives.

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