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Home Living : September 25th 2012
OUTDOOR LIVING LET'S SPRING INTO ACTION PROJECTS TO INSPIRE YOU Janita Singh Paint garden furniture in your favourite shade to add some extra colour to your outdoor living space -- here the metalwork by Hammerite becomes a sculpture in itself. YOUR garden gives the first signs of good times ahead, as new leaves and fresh blooms announce the arrival of happy times outdoors. Spring is probably the busiest and happiest season for gardens and gardeners alike. This is the time to get into the garden and do a major clean-up, to make way for new beginnings: Clear and prune your garden and fill with seasonal flowers and vegetables. Think of ways to add more colour, like painting a fea- ture wall or decorative pots. Attract birds to your garden with a bird feeder or water bath. A water feature also brings more life to your surroundings. Add a small vertical garden -- turn what might otherwise be a blank and boring garden wall into dynamic space by attaching hori- zontal timber and stainless steel slats to form a series of terraces. To these you can attach planter pots, panels of etched glass -- even water features. Used pots, shoes, any vessels and durable bags make good plant holders. Decorate your garden with beautiful moss. Use moss graffiti to adorn a wall, or just add some blooming wall climbers. Do some DIY garden markers. This way you can mark every- thing that's recently planted and that needs caring for. Rather than using store-bought markers, make some. Write on wooden clothes pegs, old used silverware or gardening tools. Old pots can be given a new lease of life. Give them a clean and paint in bright colours. Add de- signs if you like. Plant in old guttering for a different display. To inject some character in your garden, find place for a garden sculpture. A work of art can make a bold statement about your per- sonality and taste. Sculptures are readily available, but with some creativity you can turn trash into treasure. Garden sculptures run the range from functional to orna- mental, and some are dual pur- pose, such as faux rocks that contain lights. Other options in- clude birdbaths, fountains, statues, wooden birdhouses or a windmill in the veggie patch. DON'T GIVE UP ON YOUR OLD FRIENDS Rejuvenate old outdoor furniture with Hammerite self-priming metal paint. OUTDOOR furniture can add to your spring display but you don't need to buy everything new. Spring outdoor furniture is all about bold colours. Start with your existing furni- ture. Give it a good clean and paint it in bright colours. Any rusty metal furniture can be easily painted thanks to new-age products such as Ham- merite, a self-priming metal paint combining primer, undercoat and gloss finish. You can transform a rusty roller door, for example, into a piece of garden art or rejuvenate your garden furniture, gates, railings and mailboxes. Comfortable outdoor living all year round. Whether the forecast is for sun or rain or both, Vergola gives you the peace of mind to entertain whatever the conditions. Vergola is the well- designed, energy-efficient, outdoor roofing system that provides more versatility and functionality to your home by creating a comfortable space that's to be enjoyed all-year-round. A PLAN FOR ALL SEASONS.
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