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September 20, 2011

Outdoor Fireplace with Copper Accents is perfect for outdoor fun

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If you're not ready to be couped up in the house, and you can feel fall coming on, this outdoor fireplace would get you and everyone else out of the house and prolong the fall season. Then when the weather's very cold and snowy, the snowball fighters, sledders, and hikers can come and get warm while they tell about their adventures. Outdoors, at night, it gives a lovely light and a 360 degree view of the fire. A large, hinged access door makes it easy to throw another log on the fire. A heavy mesh surround ensures optimal warmth and safety--keeping sparks off the deck. A heavy grate is built to last and support plenty of wood for less refueling and a large cooking grate lets you warm up buns and snacks. This could save everyone's sanity during the holidays and bring extra enjoyment all the rest of winter.

At Uniflame Black Outdoor Fireplace with Copper Accents

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September 14, 2011

A lovely garden flag for autumn

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If you like to have a flag flying by your home Toland has some lovely choices. It would go well on the garden gate also and is a reminder that the weather is changing and that fall comes this month.

  • Decorative Art Flag
  • Toland Flags are made from durable 600 denier polyester
  • Heat sublimated process permanently dyes flag fabric for long-lasting color
  • Toland Flags are UV, Mildew, and Fade Resistant
  • All Toland Flags are machine washable

At Garden flat

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August 30, 2011

Lawn furniture on sale for fall--an all weather two seat bench

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This two seat bench has a slightly reclined seat and arcing arms. It makes a comfortable addition to any porch, patio, deck, or yard, as well as any indoor living space. Two removable back cushions add comfort, and they independently adjust to give support high or low, where it's needed so you can actually relax and stay seated for as long as you wish. A 1-piece cushion adorns the seat and is also easily removed. The slats are far enough apart to allow rain water to fall through and dry out and close enough together to provide an even seating surface.

The Gibranta 2-seater bench is part of a collection that includes an arm chair and a coffee table. The wood is eucalyptus which is sustainably harvested. It is a beautiful hardwood with excellent weather-resistant properties. Eucalyptus is dense and naturally resistant to rot and insect infestation. It weathers to an attractive grey, but can be kept it's original bronze by oiling.

At Strathwood two seat bench

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June 9, 2011

Strathwood anti gravity recliner means comfort

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I have two of these recliners and they are really comfortable, sturdy and relaxing. That this recliner is designed "to provide the same weightless, floating sensations NASA astronauts experience in a gravity-free environment" is probably pushing the limits on believablity. The recliner has positions that raise the legs with a bend in the knees so that does reduce pressure on the spine . The recliner adjusts to offer infinite back and foot positions and locks into place. There is a removeable pillow that can serve as a headrest or lumbar support.

The chair is fairly light and folds compactly, but not sure it's light enough really to "take the chair absolutely anywhere". It has a steel frame and can hold 250 pounds and the fabric of the seat is polyester yarn with a resin coating, woven into very durable and elastic fabric. The arms are made of a hard plastic for durability. The steel frame is powder coated to resist rusting, but nevertheless, it is not meant to be left outdoors overwinter.

I love the chair and recommend it as a great summer lemonade in the shade restful place to enjoy your garden and lawn.

At Anti gravity recliner

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May 27, 2011

A set of planters will brighten the porch


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We have six pots of flowers out on the steps to the porch. It really makes for a cheery moment when coming into the house or going out. It's so easy to create a colorful, bright cluster of colors and shapes. These pots come in lush shades of sand and jade and provide a touch of elegance which will show off your plants to stunning effect

The oordinated pots come in three separate each with a drain hole at bottom. They are ceramic and carefully packed for shipping. The large pot is 12 inches diameter x 8 1/2 inches high; the medium is 8 3/4 inches diameter x 6 1/2 inches high; and the small is 6 3/8 inches diameter x 4 3/4 inches high. This set will go well clustered together or arranged separately. All you need is some potting soil and a few six packs of flowers and you have an instant flower garden.

At Jade Planters Set

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May 26, 2011

A lawnmower that always starts!!!

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One of my jobs as a kid was to mow the lawn and I used a mower like this one. It was a simpiler time! I always enjoy lawn mowing as you can really see the difference when it's done and the grass looks so neat and inviting. If you don't have acres to mow or a large yard, consider getting this little gem which has served so well and with so little trouble.

This mower always works when you want it to, and it is quiet and doesn't need any fuel. Today's reel mowers are lightweight and easy to maneuver. They're always ready when you're ready, and they're almost maintenance free with no spark plugs to foul or engines to clog up. You get a little workout with the mowing and also get the benefit of clean air to breathe while working.

At Great States lawnmower

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May 17, 2011

Strathwood folding Adirondack chair--classic outdoor comfort

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This chair is crafted of high-density Brazilian eucalyptus wood that is harvested in a sustainable fashion. Eucalyptus timber has great strength and is able to withstand moisture and heavy use. Strathwood Adirondack chair features a contoured back support, a slatted seat, and oversized armrests that include a built-in drink holder.

This Adirondack chair requires no assembly other than inserting the included pegs that hold the chair upright, and the chair folds flat for easy storage. It has two finishes, a dark-brown stain or white painted finish. These finishes will weather when if the chair is left outside, but this will not weaken the strength of the wood. If you want a "new" look, then you can repaint or apply coats of hardwood oil.

\ Strathwood furniture is sleekly designed, handsomely finished, and built to last. This classic style and reliable craftsmanship will weather ever-changing trends and regular use for years to come. The chair will available in June and you can preorder it.

At Strathwood Adirondack Chair

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May 2, 2011

Nature's Touch Catalog is full of decorative touches

Nature's Touch sells live plants and garden tools, but their catalog has a vast array of garden ornaments. They carry solar lights, garden statues, bird houses, feeders and baths. They have a nice selection of landscape accessories and fountains as well as lawn stakes and trellises.

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They have a 4 Piece Wagon Wheel Patio And Yard Border Set which looks authentic. There is a Solar-powered mosquito zapper which attracts insects and stops them dead in their tracks. A solar-powered mosquito zapper attracts insects and stops them dead in their tracks. A two-pc. set of birds in flight includes an animated sculpture base and a perfectly calibrated bar with three birds that balances effortlessly on top as the breezes sends the birds flying, dipping and soaring.

It seems that Natures' touch has everything you might desire to decorate and enliven your lawn and garden. And presently there is a 15% off bargain rate.

At Nature's Touch

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April 29, 2011

Strathwood Recliners mean high end comfort

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Hopefully sometime in the hustle of digging, planting, fertilizing and getting your garden ready to produce, you'll find time to sit back and enjoy the spring. We've had a cold spell that shocked the tomatoes and nipped some leaves with frost, but I've watered them and given them manure tea and they will make it, especially now that the weather has warmed up. I had planted the first planting of corn and a row of beans, and they have not shown themselves yet. I'm hoping they still will come up.

All the cold weather vegetables are fine. The peas are growing; carrots, broccoli and beets have germinated. It's been their kind of weather. I have yet to plant the squash family or the cucumbers. So it's in the interim between plantings that the thought of just sitting and enjoying the sun, the lawn and the garden comes to mind.

These Strathwood recliners are truely wonderful. Strathwood is known for it's great line of outdoor furniture and these recliners adjust to an infinite number of leg and back positions so you can find your most comfortable position and change it when you wish without getting up. The recliner has a sturdy steel frame and flexible fabric seating. It is really easy to set up and take down, comes in a wide variety of colors and some models have a canopy cover to protect you from the sun. Sweet! Time to relax and enjoy!

At Strathwood Anti-Gravity Adjustable Recliners

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February 15, 2011

Forcing wild shrubs and bushes brightens the winter day

When I was young, I used to go out into the countryside for long walks. Those were the days when I could actually walk out of town. There were lovely creeks and wooded hills and those walks set the course for the rest of my life, because I moved to the woods and have lived in them ever since.

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During the course of my wanderings in February or early March, I would look for and find Pussy Willows and Redbud. I would break off branches of the these shrubs and bring them back to my mother. It always pleased her so much. Those memories are very tender and precious to me. Any of us who have access now to wild country or even farm land can probably find bushes of forsythia gone wild, pussy willow, quince, spirea, redbud, and dogwood. Any of these plants, wild or tame, can be forced for indoor bloom. It is best to make long, slanted cuts when collecting the branches and not break them like I used to. Then you place the stems in a vase of water. The water needs to be changed every four days. They should bloom in about 3 weeks and bring an early spring into the house to enliven your life.

At Forsythia

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December 20, 2010

Solar lights will light your way in the dark of the year

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These lights are a great gift and a very attractive and handy way to light the paths and sidewalks, patio and yard without the expense of electicity. The lights are solar powered and nicely mark the edge of a driveway or sidewalk, garden steps or swimming pool perimeter. There is no maintainance! You just stick them in the ground where you need extra safely or illumination and the sun does the rest for you.

It doesn't take much sun to power up the lights and the soft glow in the dark is very pleasing to the eye while lighting a path or indicating the edge of a pool. When they first made their appearance in Costco and other hardware, ten of these lights were selling for $100 so the price has come down by half.


At SUNergy Grandview Solar LED Accent Garden Yard Lights Black

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December 15, 2010

A garden tool set and stool make a perfect gardener's gift

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This is a great gift for the gardeners on your holiday list. I nice set of tools comes in a carrying case and attaches also to the light weight stool which can be easily moved from place to place. There are five tools included--a rake, a trowel, a spade, a weeder and a fork. The tools are steel with wooden handels and the stool has a polyester canvas seat.

It's all very compact and convenient and the reviews are very positive.


At Picnic Time Gardener Folding Chair with Tools

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November 22, 2010

A Thanksgiving centerpiece from the garden looks fresh and lovely

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Gardening.about.com has a great idea that It makes sense that since nature is so obliging in autumn, with fruits, flowers and foliage in all the appropriate holiday colors, that we take advantage of this bounty and bring it indoors for decorating. Thanksgiving centerpieces can be elaborate creations or as simple as a basket full of colorful leaves and berries.

Forage through your own yard and gardens for the making of a holiday display. What nature doesn't supply can be easily found in grocery stores and nurseries, like roses and carnations in shades of orange and gold, russet sunflowers and spider mums and purple pikes of Liatris.

You can use dried flowers and herbs and grasses for accents Colorful leaves of Maple and Dogwood are great additions and try weaving grapevine or ivy through the decorations. Fruits and vegetables like pumpkins and gourds work well. It's a great creative exercise which brings some joy and liveliness to the table.

If you're stuck in an apartment in the city or just don't have time, this centerpiece would do the job.

At Flowers - Bountiful Cornucopia - Small

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November 12, 2010

November gardening chores and a Thanksgiving Flag

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It's starting to get cold, wet and uninviting to be out of doors these days, but on the good days when the sun is out, you can still plant bulbs, even tulips, early in the month. Chrysanthemums can be cut back to about three inches above ground.

You can also start to think about moving perennials and planting trees. Cutting down the dead stems and leaves of asparagus in a good idea and a wintertime feeding of compost and good mulch will help them get a good start in the spring.

I'm very pleased I too my lawnmower into the shop. It's all repaired, oiled and will be ready to start right up in the spring, and now that I have a big garage, I can store the garden tools inside easily without stumbling around them in the tool shed. It's a good feeling to have everything kind of buttoned down for the winter so that I can get started thinking about the coming holidays and how to prepare for them.

Here's a cheery flag to decorate the front porch.

At Turkey Time Thanksgiving Standard House Flag

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