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Gardening Tips: Choosing The Right Sunflower To Grow

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Gardening tips for how to grow sunflowers are wonderful in the warm months of the year. Sunflowers unique and day-glow beauty stand out nicely in any garden area. Many people enjoyed these gorgeous blooms in their gardens, or enjoy fresh-cut varieties on their dining room table.

Typically, sunflowers are very easy to grow. They require minimal maintenance. You just need to sow the seeds in your garden, sprinkle some amount of water every day and thin the sunflower seedlings as they start to sprout. But sunflowers differ in their varieties. Knowing which variety fits you provides additional reasons to awaken your garden with gorgeous yellow throughout the spring and summer.

Gardening Tips: Choosing The Right Sunflower To Grow

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The Farmers Almanac gives you a good overview of how to grow sunflowers too!

Here are some tips on choosing the right sunflower to grow in your garden:

Varieties of Sunflowers: Teddy bear, Elf or Junior

This sunflower variety is great for a garden with limited space. This type doesn’t require too much space as they are typically smaller than any sunflower variety.

Sunflower Gardening: Solar Flare

This is a dazzling flame-type sunflower. The vibrant colors of this type will truly dazzle and impress anyone who can see it. You can get sunflower seedlings and seeds here.

For Sunflower Gardening books, look at these helpful resources:

How to Grow Sunflowers

Sunflower Gardening Book

Two of the Harlows or Lemon Queen

If you want to see multi-branching sunflower type, this is your best choice. This type is also good for homes with limited garden space.

How to Grow Strawberry Blonde Hybrid Sunflowers

If you aim for uniqueness, this is it! The Strawberry Blonde Hybrid is considered as the first rose-pink sunflower. Now, isn’t that unique? This type is exceptional in beauty and rarity.

Chianti Hybrid

This is another hybrid sunflower variety. It is not your typical yellow sunflower. The Chianti Hybrid sunflower an eye-catching wine-red velvet petals with spotted gold. These are gorgeous for decorating your home or for giving in a lush bouquet.

Try looking at sunflower gardening inspiration before growing your own.

Sunflower Gardening: Fantasia Mix

Make your fantasy come to display with this extraordinary array of flower colors. This type provides a fancy look in your garden.

When it comes to your home garden, you don’t settle for anything less. Plant your sunflower of choice and see how it electrifies the beauty of your garden.

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How to Save Money on Wedding Flowers

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Wedding flowers can be expensive! Ask anyone who’s had a wedding and they will tell you that wedding flowers are among the most expensive things. It is estimated that the average bridal couple spends a few thousand dollars on decor and flowers. Lush bouquets of peonies, dahlias, and garden roses come with a hefty price tag that can take its toll on your budget. Save money on flowers with these simple wedding tips.

How to Save Money on Wedding Flowers

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Have a Holiday Wedding

Holiday weddings are great options for couples trying to save on flowers. Most venues are decorated during the festive season and after Easter. They help you to save money you would have spent on expensive flower arrangements. You might even find both the church and reception venue decorated.

Use Non-Traditional Elements

Herbs, fruits, and vegetables can make beautiful, cheap bouquets and flower arrangements. If you want an expensive flower, buy only a few blossoms and bulk up the arrangement with beautiful, inexpensive greenery. You can also use single elements instead of whole arrangements. These are becoming increasingly popular nowadays. Some options include lavender, baby’s wreath, and wheat.

Choose Flowers that Are in Season

Sticking to locally grown flowers that are in season is cheaper than having your favorite blooms flown in. For instance, if you are getting married in December, don’t choose peony bouquets. Go for flowers like tulips, sweetpeas, and waxflowers. While your florist may be able to get out-of-season flowers for you, you will have to pay a premium. Florists will not charge you high prices for flowers they have easily sourced. Keep in mind that the flowers will depend on where you live. Do your research early to find out what you like.

For Wedding Flower Centerpiece Ideas see our post here:

Wedding centerpiece ideas for your big day!

Wedding Centerpiece Ideas

Pick Your Own Flowers

You can pick your own wedding flowers if you have a limited budget. Ask for help from your family and friends to avoid getting overwhelmed. After you’ve collected the flowers, make unique bouquets and flower arrangements. It is important to note that if you want arrangements that look like they are from a magazine cover, you have to hire an expert.

There are many ways you can save on your wedding flowers and still have the wedding of your dreams.  Use these easy tips to minimize costs.

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Hardie Board Ideas: #JamesHardieInspired For A Magazine-Like Exterior

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by James Hardie Building Products Inc. in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.

Hardie Board Ideas: #JamesHardieInspired For A Magazine-Like Exterior

If you’ve been trying to beautify your outdoor home, Hardie Board or cement fiber board is one of the most beautiful ways to do so. Home siding options have come a long way and I’ve paired with James Hardie® building products to show you the architectural design options available cement fiber board siding. From modern to rustic and from coastal to the mountains, Hardie board is a tried and true material. Take a look at how you can transform your exterior and achieve an outdoor home that is worthy of pinning to Pinterest!cement fiber board JamesHardieInspired

All images via: James Hardie® Building Products

How Do You Want to Enjoy your Outdoor Home this Season?

Do you love to spend time outdoors entertaining, relaxing or just throwing a stick with your favorite dog? I love beautifying the exterior of a home as it connects you with nature and your family and friends at the same time. James Hardie® offers a versatile collection of products meant to keep your home looking beautiful for years to come.

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How to Choose the Right Cement Fiber Board Siding For Your Home’s Architecture:

Whether your home is a historic Tudor architectural style home in the suburbs or a Modern revival home with clean lines, there are profiles, colors, and textures to match your home.

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Do you want a rustic shaker style cladding to your exterior home? Or do you like a coastal beach-themed façade? I always love how a home can change its appeal just by adding bold color or texture from its surroundings. Take a look at your façade and decide which product will match your neighborhood and environment.

  • HardiePlank® lap siding – Comes in a variety of textures including smooth or beaded.
  • HardieShingle® siding – Replicates the look and feel of cedar shakes but are more durable than traditional cedar. They also are pest resistant and can withstand the elements. They come in staggered edge and straight edge varieties.
  • HardiePanel® vertical siding & HardieTrim® boards – When coupled together they resemble board and batten and can transform your rustic or contemporary home’s façade.

Colors and Textures of Cement Fiber board Siding Options:

Choose from hundreds of cement fiber board color combinations. Mix and match regional and national colors to bring out your home’s natural architectural beauty. 

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Select from a wide range of colors to fit your home’s architectural style

Not sure which to choose? Order free product siding samples!

James Hardie® wants you to feel confident and comfortable in choosing exterior siding for your exterior home. You can order free cement fiber board siding samples here.

Gain Inspiration from Sunset’s 2016 Idea House:

You can see how the products were used to create a unique facade on this ultra-modern home in this cement fiber board siding video.

Feel Confident About your Exterior with These Unique Features:

  • Stands up to storms and harsh weather
  • Water resistant to protect against swelling, warping and cracking; also resists damage from mold
  • Won’t be eaten by animals or insects
  • More fire resistant than wood or vinyl siding
  • ColorPlus® Technology finishes can add years of unrivaled color performance
  • Helps reduce time and money spent on maintenance as compared to wood or wood-based siding

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I encourage you to follow and gain inspiration from James Hardie® on their social channels.

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Are you looking for a contractor to help with installing your siding? Take a look at this Hardie board siding options post.

This season enhance your outdoor home with these cement fiber board siding options. You will love how sprucing up your exterior patio, front entry, and overall exterior facade will transform the way you entertain, relax and enjoy your home!




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