Gardens4u garden project including before and after pictures

These pictures are of Gardens4u’s most recent garden project:

befores:

 

and afters:

 

All new plants are perennials, meaning they come back every year.  All are pretty much maintenance free too, a common request from my clients these days.   The brown cedar mulch helps keep moisture in and weeds out.

I can’t wait to see what the gardens look like by the end of summer when all of the perennials have settled into their new homes.

Gardens4u website revised and updated

Check.   Another job on my list completed…

My business website GARDENS4U has recently been revised using a different theme and color scheme.  It has also been updated with pictures from last season.

My to-do list is getting shorter and the days are getting longer.  That means I should be able to get out into my gardens soon (I hope) before I turn into this lady…

 

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It would be greatly appreciated if you would check out the website and tell me what you think!

Mirror mirror on the wall…

Instead of “mirror, mirror on the wall”, I should say “gardens, gardens on my route,  who’s the fairest of them all?”  I know that “all” does not rhyme with “route”, but let me ensure you get the picture, literally…. Continue reading

My Gardens4u business website has been updated

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If you haven’t checked out my business website GARDENS4U  recently or at all yet, please do so and let me know what you think.  It has just been updated with the pictures I took last season and I would love your opinion, comments and suggestions.  I know many of you are website and photographic geniuses; I am neither of those but am always looking to improve!

 

My Art Gallery…

Have you spent a lot of time looking for artwork for your home?  Much like filling a home with furniture, whether redecorating or updating your old home or decorating a new one, unique and inexpensive artwork is hard to find.  If you read my previous post about the furniture I found/purchased last winter http://lorieb.com/2013/12/12/impulse-shopper you will know how particular I am when it comes to shopping.

This winter artwork for my living room was on my to do list.  I searched through most of the stores in the Ottawa area, as well as on the internet, looking for the perfect picture to be hung above my new sofa.  Even though I had a vision in my head of what I wanted, I could not find it anywhere.  I love a large picture of Monet’s waterlilies on stretched canvas I found years ago for over the bed in our master bedroom, so thought I could find something similar for the living room.  No luck.  What I did find however, are many websites that can turn your JPEGs into artwork.  You can choose from many varieties, including the unframed stretched canvas look I was envisioning.  I found some pictures I had taken in my garden last summer, touched them up with Adobe photoshop, and sent them electronically to Posterjack, one of the companies mentioned earlier.  Within 5 days, I received my new artwork.  My only complaint is that I wish I had ordered larger sizes; they are gorgeous!  I could be talked into selling these and re-ordering larger ones for myself if anyone is interested…

 

A few years ago I also made customized artwork from an old book of botanicals that my grandmother gave me when she moved out of her home.  The book is so old that the pages are coming loose from the binding.  I copied and enlarged the pictures using a colored copier at Staples, then chose mats and frames to compliment the colors and the decor of my family room…

 

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For a third, customized artwork project I used JPEGs of pictures I had taken in Hawaii years ago, enlarged them at Costco,  chose a different mat color to compliment each scene from Wallack’s art supplies store, then framed them and hung them up in my home…

 

If you are looking for new artwork or to update the existing artwork in your home, give it a try.  It is an inexpensive and easy way to use all those pictures you have stored in a shoe box somewhere to make yourself custom-made, unique and memorable pieces of art…