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How many butterflies could you name?

Who loves it when they spot a Butterfly? One of nature’s most gorgeous creatures. Whilst most prefer to sit back and watch them fly around, others sadly make it their hobby to capture Butterflies and make them part of their collection. If you want to see Butterflies in your own backyard, you will want to take a look at this. Butterfly spotting is perfect for retirees who want to experience nature more; although if your garden isn’t big enough and doesn’t have flowers – it’s not very likely you will attract any butterflies at all. If you are planning on relocating for your retirement, why not check out Park Homes Wiltshire? Stunning retirement properties for the over 50’s; they are located in rural areas with plenty of plants and flowers to attract Butterflies – you can find out more here at http://www.parkhomelife.com/our-parks/blunsdon-abbey-park-homes-swindon-wiltshire/. 

The Green Hairstreak 

With a wingspan of 2.7-3.4cm, these are one of the smaller Butterfly species. The wings of a Green Hairstreak are completely green apart from the edges, which have a brownish, greyish colour. They spend most of their time perched on plants, as they are then easily camouflaged from predators. It will feast on a variety of plants such as Gorse and Broom. These gorgeous Butterflies are more commonly seen between the months of April – June.

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The Red Admiral 

This Butterfly can typically be seen in the months of January – December, so is one of the more common Butterfly species. They are much bigger, with a wingspan of 6.4-7.8cm, and they have a black body, as well as black wingtips, but also have splashes of red and white on them. Black spots can also be seen on the tips of their bottom wings. Red Admirals can typically be seen all around the UK. 

The Peacock Butterfly 

There is a reason that this Butterfly is called ‘The Peacock’, and that is because of its bright colours, and eye-catching patterns on its wings. It’s wingspan measures to an astonishing 6.3-7.5cm – so you will certainly not miss this one. The Peacock Butterfly can be seen between the months of January to December, but is more commonly seen around March-May time, and then again in the July – September months. The Peacock Butterfly feeds on buddleia and other typical garden flowers.

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The Swallowtail Butterfly 

This Butterfly is mostly yellow and black but also has hints of blue shades, and it also has a dot of orange on its back. It has been given the name ‘Swallowtail Butterfly’, as its bottom wings resemble the tail of a Swallow bird. Although this butterfly is rarer than other species, it is more commonly seen between the months of May – July. The Swallowtail has a wingspan of 7.6-9.3cm, making them one of the larger butterfly species.

The Great white tree of Gondor.

Sat up high near the throne of the King sits the White tree of Gondor. Used on all of the army’s flags and symbols the tree was prominent. It grew from a seedling of Nimloth, the tree that was created to give light to Middle Earth. This white tree was to be burned by Sauron in the old human realm of Numenor but a seedling was saved by Isildur himself and taken to the newly created realm of Gondor after the old kingdom was consumed by the waves.

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The tree grew in Minas Tirith until the then King and his line was ended by a plague. The tree began to wither and decay to the point where not even the Tree Surgeon Poole based professional https://kieranboylandtreeservices.com/ could hope to save it.

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However this was not the end and it endured in the hope the King would come again. This he duly does in the shape of Aragorn who,with the help of the Wizard Gandalf finds another sapling that grows into a new white tree. The old one is placed in the Tomb of the Kings with great honour.

The fascinating world of trees.

Trees are paramount to our very existence as they not only provide oxygen that we need to breath but also help to remove other impurities from the air and provide building materials for us to use. But, their world is so much more fascinating than that.

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  • Trees communicate with one another using a secret underground network of fungi. Scientists have discovered that this fungi connects a group of trees together and communicates both information and resources to one another with a ‘mother’ tree being at the centre of this network. It also acts like a neighbourhood watch scheme in that the fungi warns nearby trees of the pests that may be attacking trees within its neighbourhood.
  • Trees do not die of old age. It is environmental factors, disease and pests that cause the trees to die. If you have a tree that has been affected by adverse weather or attack from pests you should consult with a Tree Surgeon Bournemouth way to have your tree cared for.

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  • Only 12% of the UK is woodland which is a small percentage when you compare it to the 32% in Germany, 37% in France and 72% in Finland. This of course is often due to the societal structures within each country.

How to Get Rid of Those Garden Weeds

You may be a bit bored at home and twiddling your thumbs right now, but there is one thing that you can attend to – your garden!    If you have spent the last two weeks frantically cleaning your house, or have even had some help from Leicester Cleaning Company Ace Cleaning Company now it is your gardens turn to benefit from a bit of spring cleaning!

Weeds are the scourge of the garden and every gardener from amateur to professional has an ongoing battle with the humble weed! It is best to get on top of them as soon as you can as they can quickly become unruly and over run the garden.

There are some things to do to prevent weeds from being able to grow in the first place – for example, many allotment owners will cover the bare earth with an old piece of carpet to stop weeds germinating there.

If that ship has sailed and you have already got an abundant weed population in your garden here are a few tips for getting rid of them

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For weeds growing on paths and between the cracks in paving, you can buy a special tool to use to get rid of them or use a knife to run along and pull them out. If you have a large area to cover, consider using a flame gun designed for this purpose.

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In spring or Autumn, you can use a weed and feed product to clear large areas of weeds. There are also special tools for pulling weeds form the lawn and chemicals that you can paint directly onto the lawn that will only affect the weed.

When Should You Replace Your Lawn Mower?

If you start to have problems with your lawn mower, it can be a difficult decision to know whether to attempt to have it repaired or whether to pay out for a new model.

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Maintenance

The RHS suggest that in summer lawns should be mowed twice weekly on average, so a lawn mower needs to be maintained correctly if it’s going to be worked this hard. Firstly, let’s look at what you should be doing to keep your mower in good working order, because, as they say, prevention is better than cure.

Cleaning

Remove grass and other debris after use from the blades and underside. Clean spark plugs and ventilation slots.

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Check Electrics

Check cables for any defects and ensure connecting pins on batteries are clean.

Remove Petrol

At the end of the season remove petrol, as if it is left over winter, it can go stale and damage the engine.

Check Wheels and Bolts

Bolts can become loose over time, which could affect the functionality or cause serious damage.

Picking Up Problems

If you spot a problem quickly, you might be able to resolve it before it becomes too much of an issue or causes severe problems. Keep an eye, and ear, out for any of the following:

Inability to start

Vibrations coming from the lawnmower
Power cutting out during use
Blades not cutting efficiently

Repair or Replacement

The first step should be to check the user manual, which should have useful troubleshooting tips. Petrol-powered mowers have several parts which should be checked, including the carburettor, the air filter or spark plug. With electric mowers, check the power cable and fuse, as these are common causes of issues.

Often an old lawnmower can simply be repaired with replacement parts. This is particularly true for high-quality machines. For example, Briggs and Stratton parts are readily available, and you can click here for Briggs and Stratton parts online. You may be able to simply order the parts yourself to save your machine. For more complex issues, find a repair engineer to check the machine and rectify the issue.

If the part or the repair costs are more expensive than the machine, then clearly it may be a better option to purchase a new machine.

A décor inspired by flowers

Florals are a quick way to achieve a colourful, vibrant room – here are some of the ways you can grow this décor idea without a suspicion of old-fashioned chintz.

Just the word ‘floral’ can have decorators shuddering with fear with those associations of blooms, stems and leafy patterns with chintzy cottage and twee settings, or out-of-date fussy boudoirs.

While it is true that some fans of flower-inspired designs are guilty of letting them spread through the house like a weed, but there are far more subtle and stylish ways to approach a green-fingered decoration.

Floral design has remained persistently popular and the trend continues for people to enjoy this nature-inspired decorating design in fresh, contemporary ways.

Recently, changes to designs use more than a mixture of flower and leaf shapes, so they are more reflective of nature, moving away from older designs that featured only one type of flower.

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Rose bouquets

Roses have always been a favourite flower, and they are the stars of this season’s fashion and decor. Great flowers, such as roses and dahlias, have been used throughout history in textile design, and this continues today. The trend of florals lends itself very well to ‘blowsy’ flowers such as roses, and they work very well as a motif.

Pick of the bunch

Think of your living room sofa like a beautiful window box. Just as you would dig up old plants, replacing dead or withered flowers, you can switch up cushions and accessories with this season’s floral picks giving new patterns, colours and an instant style lift.

Passion for pink

Plunge into pink and opt for sweet nuances or mature, sophisticated, clean-lined contemporary furniture. Layering up a different scale from floral pattern, from ditzy to large scale, in a palette of tonal colours, is a really interesting decor, especially when done using strong colours, such as pink to plum.

Garden florals, where there is a mix of flowers and plants together in one design, is something that should also see growth in the next season, as people love to bring nuance into their inner space.

Combining plain furniture with floral upholstery will not overpower the setting, and works especially well in small rooms. Floral-inspired and contemporary furniture can also include a modern iconic design like the Tulip Dining Table. Find your replica Tulip Dining Table at a site like Pash Classics.  It’s also easy to evoke a gentle country charm by introducing accessories like floral ceramic jugs in various sizes.

Florals are gathering pace in interior design, especially as spring and summer approach and they are a fantastic organic alternative to regimented geometric prints that have dominated décor for a while now.

Homeowners are getting bolder about incorporating bold patterns and colours, and dramatic, large blooms can really be effective in a neutral tone scheme. Consider a statement wall with tropical floral wallpaper which ramp up temperatures and be bang on trend as the interior goes hot and steamy for summer.

To introduce the trend of flowers and tie the scheme together, choose one or two main colours for the floral print. This will unify the room and prevent the display being too kitsch. Alternatively, a beautiful, large bouquet of flowers to take pride of place on the dining or coffee table, is a simple and affordable way to make a statement in any room.

 

3 Tips for Transforming Your Back Yard

There’s little more relaxing than having a quiet space to rest, breathe fresh air, and restore your spirits after a hectic day. If you’re dreaming of creating a beautiful backyard retreat but aren’t sure how to get started, you’re not alone. But designing your dream backyard getaway doesn’t need to be stressful or time intensive. Follow these three simple tips to make your outdoor retreat a reality. Read more

2019’s top wedding flower trends

With the trend for wedding flowers seeing a constant flow of ethereal arrangements and soft greenery over the past few years, 2019 will see a triumphant and refreshing return to colour and vibrancy. 2019 will also see brides embrace practicality and tradition with locally-grown flowers and small bouquets. Let’s take a look at 2019’s top wedding flower trends.

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Dried flowers and grass

When choosing decorative accents for floral arrangements, two of the major wedding flower trends for 2019 are dried flowers and ornamental grasses.

Pampas grass, fountain grass and wheat stalks are proving popular alternatives to wedding greenery for brides who desire a rustic, bohemian and vintage-style bouquet or centrepiece. Dried daisies, baby’s breath, lavender and other flowers are also top trends for 2019’s flower arrangements.

Ferns

Greenery is now a staple feature of wedding flower arrangements, from bouquets to garlands and wedding cake decorations. These plants complement an earthy, woodland or forest chic vibe, which is continuing to prove popular across social media.

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For a wide range of bridesmaid dresses to suit your theme, browse the collections at retailers such as axparis.com/collections/bridesmaid-dresses.

Sustainable plants

With sustainability becoming increasingly popular in our lifestyles, brides are now choosing eco-friendly ceremonies. Fashion designers are also creating sustainable wedding dresses.

With brides thinking consciously about their wedding flowers, the mindset has shifted to quality over quantity. Statement blooms are being selected to make arrangements stand out over elaborate, expensive flowers. By choosing seasonal flowers – and particularly ones that have been grown locally to your wedding venue – you can also reduce unnecessary waste and cost.

Floral aisles

Floral installations such as backdrops and hanging centrepieces have become a stylish way to personalise your ceremony.

Creative floral aisles have become one of the top wedding flower trends for 2019, with rows of lush blooms placed strategically along the aisles. This gives the illusion that the bride is walking through a romantic field of flowers.

Bold coral shades

A pinky-orange cheerful shade, coral can be incorporated easily into centrepieces and bouquets to stunning effect. Peonies, dahlias, calla lilies and roses are just a few flowers that work beautifully in this shade, which is expected to have a big influence in 2019.

Alternatively, try peach roses for a softer take or burnt orange flowers to reference this trend.

How to Perfect your Bridal Wedding Flower Crowns for the big day

There are so many gorgeous wedding hair styles for brides to choose from to wear on their special day. Many of these designs can be embellished by the use of a gorgeous bridal wedding flower crown to add some Romantic or rustic flair to your bridal ensemble.

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Mastering the Flower Crown

There are a surprising number of ways to wear flower crowns and all kinds of crowns to choose from. More and more brides are choosing to wear them, to embody some Romantic sweetness; there is nothing like a stunning wreath of flowers nestled in your hair to make you feel like a true goddess on your wedding day. But how will you choose to wear yours?

The first thing to remember is that your bridal flower crown should not detract from your gorgeous hair style, it should enhance and complement it. Opting for a full flower crown is a great way to make a statement but it will probably become the sole focus; why not opt for a half crown for a slightly more understated effect?

When it comes to choosing the colour of your flower crown, be sure to take your own hair colour into account. For example, blonde brides will look beautiful wearing bright colours such as pink and blue, while white and creamy coloured flowers will really pop against a gorgeous head of red hair. For brunettes, deep, rich colours, like burgundy, will make a real statement, but if you want to go for something lighter, why not try yellow?

Final tips: make sure you use plenty of bobby pins to secure your crown, but only affix it when you have sprayed your bridal hair style with hair spray. The flowers themselves must not be sprayed, nor should you touch them as the natural oils on your fingers will brown them and you could end up bruising the petals.

More Tips and Tricks

To find out more about flower crowns check out http://www.brit.co/wedding-flower-crowns/ and http://passionforflowers.net/flower-crowns-wedding-hair-inspiration/.

The internet is full of useful additional resources, including wedding hair designs, Cake ideas and off course locations for your perfect day.  There are so many to choose from it is a hard choice but if you want a beautiful building with lovely grounds to match your look why not try a Gloucester Hotel Wedding Venue at sites such as hatton-court.co.uk/gloucester-cotswolds-weddings. Once you have got your bridal look sorted, you can focus on planning the rest of your big day knowing you are going to look simply stunning as you walk down that aisle!

How To Paint A Rose Blue At Home- Instructions

How To Paint A Rose Blue At Home- Instructions

A bouquet of roses is a classic version of a gift for all occasions, from a simple compliment or token to congratulations on your wedding or anniversary. Many women do not perceive roses at all as an independent gift, but only as an accompaniment to something more valuable and durable. Surprise and at the same time please even the most capricious or indifferent to the colors of the girl can, giving her an unusual blue rose. Such a flower, as if grown in the forbidden gardens of the Snow Queen, can be created at home. The simple, but fascinating and visual process of transforming an ordinary bed into a magical one is also suitable for joint leisure with a child. How to paint a rose blue and what is needed for this? Read more

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