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Tips to Help You Bloom – #CurbsideChaos

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"The earth laughs in flowers." – Ralph Waldo Emerson… Flowers in the garden make me happy. From my rainbow of tulips that are the first to bloom in the springtime, to the giant dalias and bushes of lilacs in the summer, all the way through my towering sunflowers that close out the fall – It just seriously makes me happy to work on my laptop out on the patio, and be able to look up to see color popping up all around. I'm always looking for new ideas to upgrade our space – We've only lived on this property for two years now, and there are still a LOT of areas that need some major work! So I loved watching the CurbsideChaos Makeover with Taniya Nayak – One lucky family won a $5,000 backyard makeover. Amazing, right? Check it out for a little inspiration…


What would you do with $5,000 for a backyard makeover?

We don't have much shade in our yard yet, since we've only just begun planting trees. I'm planning to build a pergola type cover near the pool next year, and another out by the swingset play area. And both of those spots definitely need to be filled with some new flowers too. If you're planning a backyard project or two {or ten, like me, lol} – you'll find some awesome tips online to help you start putting together next years projects now. 

  • First, check out Curbside Chaos. You'll find a super helpful tool there on the lower left – First, choose whether you live in the US or Canada. Then find your city on the map, and click the little colored box that best matches your location. Next, it'll ask you a few questions, and then give you recommendations of what to plant, when to plant it, and even tips on planting it successfully. VERY cool. It gave me a couple of ideas I hadn't even thought about for our yard, because I didn't realize they were such a good match for the climate here in the valley. 
  • And also make sure to visit to learn more about creative outdoor projects. I LOVE that they put together some fun color combinations to plan for spring of 2013, mixing and matching different bulbs. And there are a ton of fun projects there too – things like simple painted planters you could use as gifts, holiday projects, and kids coloring sheets. You'll also find answers to any question that you might have about working with bulbs!

There are a couple of other cool things you'll find on Dig Drop Done – One is the three "faces" of the site, each one with a different style and tips to follow. I, of course, relate most to Marcy, the so-called Supermom, who's always looking for ways to simplify life with kids. {I love the video where her little girl keeps trying to cuddle with the fish. I've so been there…. Lol.} And – you'll find other smart ways to use bulbs in your life – outside of the garden. You can plant them indoors, they make great gifts along with a decorated pot and some soil, and the kids will love watching them grow roots if you plant them in a clear container with rocks – kind of like a mini-science project. 

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