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Decorative Accessories in the Garden

Garden figures are in great demand nowadays. Even stiff and reserved Englishmen and Germans decorate their gardens with them.

It’s believed that garden gnomes protect plants and they by all means make a garden look better. Most people maintain their gardens in good conditions but if you dream of a cosy and unusual garden where you could spend weekends then garden figures will be the best solution. Putting them in right order demands creativity. And if you’re creative enough you can turn your garden into an exclusive work of art.

Figures in form of ducks, gnomes, mushrooms, frogs, angels and fish can be easily mounted on a garden stone and will nicely decorate a rockery as well as a pond. Don’t forget about proportions. Big sculptures are for broad lands while tiny figures will look perfect in small cosy gardens. Garden accessories must attract your attention to the best parts of the garden. According to feng shui a classical garden must have some free space in the middle: a pond or a lawn.

Rockeries are the best place for garden gnomes. These garden figures are loved by children. Those who have small children can put figures of fairy-tale characters on the playgrounds or near them. But don’t jam up space. It goes without saying that you must be positively creative to turn your garden into something unique, something that would fill you with joy and inner peace. If you have old stumps and stubs in your garden try to use them as decorative elements as well.

A crocodile appears in many ancient myths as a symbol of the Earth’s support. This nocturne divine creature will be a perfect solution in exterior and landscape designing. A crocodile figure will add originality to the landscape bringing shades of South-African nature. Don’t you feel a gentle breathing of a hot African wind?

If a figure of an extravagant animal is not your cup of tea make use of garden signs. You can write a quote from your favorite book or just a catchy phrase on them. Animate your garden and let it speak to you.

Landscape Lighting Gives a Cool Effect

Landscape lighting is the jewel in the crown of excellent landscaping. This is not to suggest that it is optional. Far from it. Most professional landscape designers consider light essential to completing their work, and essential to making it work. This is why tailored lighting is now an essential consideration in planning new homes and updating existing ones. Lighting is a way to revitalize existing landscaping and is vital in new greenery designs. Gone is the spotlight! Throw away the cans! The trend now is fixtures that you cannot see.

Outdoor lighting still has function, of course. It allows the use of outdoor entertainment areas after the sun has gone down. It lights the way on paths and walkways. It provides security. But you can have all of the essential functions with beauty built in. You often hear the term “nightscape” or “lightscape”. These terrific designs change the look of everything at night, using light and the direction of light. In the hands of a professional designer, lighting provides a daily makeover of your landscaping, using appropriate fixtures and their location. Light paints. Light draws attention. Light does much more than simply illuminate.

For many people, it makes sense. Why should they not be able to enjoy their greenery after dark? If you have invested in trees, plants, hardscape and water features, you want to enjoy them in the evening hours, too. The great part about it is that once a professional lighting design has been installed, you will see your home and grounds in an entirely new way.

Here are some of the terms for today’s outdoor lighting: Uplight, shadow and downlight. Uplighting, as you would imagine, points upward. When you light a tree from below, for instance, it takes on a whole new look (we are accustomed to seeing our trees with light from above, from the sun). Uplighting can give texture to a wall or draw attention to a fountain.

Shadowing throws a shadow, which is a dramatic counterpoint to a ray of light. A great new trend in downlight is hanging the fixture in a tree, so that it shines on the greenery below. It can be installed in traditional areas, too, such as from eaves of a house. Down is still the preferred direction for security lighting. But it can be wholly decorative, too. Landscape lighting does so much more than just flood an area with light.

landscaping and Decorating With Cement Sculptures

Sculptures have been used to decorate gardens and homes since this art form first developed. The earliest sculptures were made from chiseled rock and clay. As the art form developed new mediums were used like marble, granite and bronze. The labor intensive process of creating sculptures has traditionally made them very expensive and unattainable for most homeowners. However, today we have access to less expensive mediums and molding technologies that make owning sculptures more affordable, especially cement sculpture.

Cement sculptures are an affordable option for garden decorations and landscaping. Small cement sculptures can even be used in your home. The affordability of this type of sculpture is due to the low cost of cement and the re-usable molding technologies used to create these sculptures.

To create a cement sculpture an artist needs to first create the prototype of the sculpture in clay. This sculpture is then used to create a negative mold for the cement sculpture. This mold is treated with resins so that it will not stick to the cement. After the negative mold has been created it is allowed to cure and harden. Once the mold is ready to use it is assembled and filled with cement. The mold may be rotated to help work out air bubbles. The mold is then stored in a stationary position to allow the cement time to dry. Once the cement has hardened the mold is removed and the sculpture is allowed additional time to dry out. After the cement sculpture has dried completely the rough edges may be filed down and imperfections are removed. At this point the piece is either ready to go to the showroom or it is sent to the painting department to be finished.