How I turned my home into a peaceful refuge?
November 17, 2015
Your home should be your own personal peaceful abode. After a long hard day or working or caring for the children you want somewhere to go where you can be at complete peace. For many, they have already worked to make the interior of their home to their liking, but most of their plans have not ventured out to their yards or gardens. For many, it is these very places that turn out to be the most pleasant and rewarding.
For me, the inside of my house meant distractions and having to deal with others wants and desires. When I went out to my own garden I could be alone and enjoy the soulful chirping of the birds and the bright color of my favorite flowers. I didn’t need to be there for anyone but myself, but it took a bit of work to get it exactly how I wanted it. If you’re like me you may have either been short of ideas or full of too many. Both of these can prove to be problems because you want to be able to create an entire design that flows and works together.
To get the look that I wanted I spent a lot of time looking at other perfect gardens and pick and choose elements I particularly liked. I took pictures and laid them all out on the table and paired ideas together that I felt were well suited. Extras I either put to the side to reconsider later or got rid of all together. Once I finalized the theme, I bought couple of banners and balloons from a party supplier to do the trick. Remember, I wanted something cohesive, not a mismatched yard that only caused me more stress so even if I loved a particular element if it didn’t fit in with the overall vision, I let it go.
If you’re considering doing an update on your own yard there are a few things you may want to consider.
Do you like birds?
If creating a habitat for birds is high on your list then you may want to consider adding a few features that they would enjoy. Attracting birds is fairly easy since they only have a few basic needs. These needs, like humans, include food, water, and shelter. That’s it.
Due to such simple basic needs it is simple to accommodate birds and one of the easiest and most popular items to add to your yard is a bird feeder or two. The type of feeder you pick can vary greatly depending on your personal style and budget and the birds could careless so long as there is food involved but you may want to consider having at least two. With more than one feeder you can put different types of seed out so that you attract a variety of birds. Different birds prefer different seeds and the more variety you offer the more birds you’ll attract.
If you want to try and keep the birds coming year round you might also consider a few bird houses. Again, these don’t need to be fancy and can be completely homemade. Like everything else, the birds don’t care what it looks like, but you’ll still want to have something that adds to your sanctuary not detracts so select or create one that you like and make sure that the holes are large enough for the birds that visit. Come spring time you’ll be rewarded by the adorable peeps of the baby birds and you’ll have a fun time watching the parents flying in and out of the nest to bring constant food to the hungry babies.
Do you find the sound of water soothing?
How many of us like to go to the ocean just to listen to the sound of the waves rushing onto the shore? There is no doubt that water can be soothing. Thankfully, this is an element that can be added to your relaxing space. You can choose to add a small electric fountain to a table that you can turn on when you’re near it or you can go all out and install a fountain or even a small false-creek depending on your budget and the size of your yard.
Speaking of birds, they also love water. Remember, it’s one of their basic needs. If you’re already attempting to attract birds then having a water feature is a bonus and will draw in even more. Just imagine sitting in your favorite chair or hammock and watching the little birds drinking, splashing, and bathing in your own fountain. If you don’t have the space or budget to accommodate a full fountain then you can always choose to install a bird bath or other bowl-type object that can hold water. Just make sure that there it is shallow or has a shallow end and that you clean it and change the water regularly. If you have cats you’ll want to carefully consider where you place your bird baths and feeders as it can make them vulnerable to predators.
Consider your plants carefully
It took me a long time to select plants because I wanted them all, but in the end it made more sense to have a select few that work well together. I also wanted plants that would look good year round and that I wouldn’t have to plant new each year. This meant that annuals were out of the question and that I needed to pick either evergreen or plants that changed to a nice color come winter. Many bushes will turn a nice shade of red or orange that is still appealing. I definitely did not want to be staring at a bush that just looked like a pile of dead branches. Consider all of the seasons when you pick our your plants and shrubbery so that no matter what time of year it may be you will always have a nice place to sit with beautiful plants to look at instead of leafless bushes. Spend a little bit of time learning about the plants and you’ll be rewarded when it comes time to dig in and plant.