We are all searching desperately for signs of spring, especially after a winter full of that pesky polar vortex. A sign synonymous with spring seems to be that first bit of greenery poking through the tired, winter stricken soil. We all know what it means, a hearty tulip has declared spring is coming and is bursting through to give us hope and a dose of seasonal color. Every yard looks a little bit cheerier with early spring flowers but before you run out to buy some bulbs in hopes of catching the season, stop right there! These spring beauties actually started in the fall.
Some bulbs dig the Fall
Can a spring flower really enjoy the fall? It’s true! Flowers like daffodils, tulips, and crocuses were actually planted in the fall before the ground began to freeze. In the GTA, a great time to start thinking about your spring garden may be before you’ve even begun your winter holiday shopping. Depending on the climate in your area, spring bulbs can be planted in October and through November. We all know that weather can be unpredictable at times but look ahead at the forecast. Ideally, you want the bulbs in the ground before it freezes but also not too early as they become too water logged and rot.
There can be a lot of focus put on what flowers, plants and trees go in to a garden, and well there should be. The foliage of the garden is essentially the centerpiece, right? Well, yes, in so much as a bed is the centerpiece of a bedroom. But as we all know, there are many more elements that make a bedroom in to a personal retreat and the same can be said for a garden space. There are several components that come together to create the perfect outdoor refuge.
Bring your indoor style, out.
Your kitchen and living room create a comfortable space for guests to gather or for you to simply relax and unwind. Your garden can create that same feel with the right furnishings, accents and lighting. Keep the themes between outdoors and indoors similar and you will achieve a seamless transition between the two areas and tie your spaces together.
Whether you have a large yard to accommodate all your landscaping goals, or a small space that focuses the scope of your projects, your yard can be a standout and ultimately connect you to your neighborhood. Take a stroll down any street and certain front yard aesthetics always jump out. Landscaping adds curb appeal and a welcoming feeling to any home. There is a pride of ownership evident when a homeowner focuses efforts on the front yard of their home for not only themselves to enjoy, but also those around them. Before long, neighbors may follow suit and once flippant neighbor-to-neighbor head nods as you drive down the street turn to the exchange of landscaping kudos and ideas.
The ice storm that hit Toronto in December 2013 left its undeniable mark on the landscape of the GTA. Everywhere you look, there are damaged trees with limbs and branches strewn about and fractures in the most majestic trees. While most see this as a tragedy to the leafy canopy that the trees created, there are lessons to be learned from the storm.
The storm has created awareness to the trees on our properties. Oftentimes, we take for granted the trees that offer shade, greenery and depth to our yards until damage or complete loss of the tree occurs. Some homeowners fail to even recognize the trees they have on their property and the proper care and maintenance that may be associated. Now, with such focus on the damaged
February is when most people get the dreaded cabin fever. Looking out the front window of any home, it’s hard to believe that spring is coming. Especially when that pesky groundhog saw his shadow at the beginning of the month and hunkered down until mid March. But, the truth is, spring is coming. There is no better time to let your mind wander and start planning your outdoor living space for the warm weather to come.
Fashion magazines are in full bloom with the colors of the upcoming season. This may be the perfect place to start thinking about the colors you want to incorporate in your outdoor palette. Your inspiration may come from the soft shades of rose, sage and periwinkle that spring often conjures. Can’t you already feel the soft velvety grass in your toes and smell the wafts of warm floral aromas? Take that groundhog!
Perhaps it is not a fashion magazine that gets your creative juices revving but it is the latest car magazine. You may find inspiration in a scheme that is more bold, like the sharp rubies and burnt oranges of that dream car. Are you picturing your free time away from the daily grind, in your bold backyard creation?
No matter where you draw your inspiration, your yard is a blank canvas for you to create a calming oasis that reflects your serene side or the energizing mecca that invigorates your down time.
So, dream away, and then let us help you turn your inspiration into reality. With your ideas and our expertise, we can show that groundhog who is boss!