The Best Bang-for-the-Buck Annual in my Yard

Have you met the King of the Jungle…? No, not this one!   I mean the “backyard” jungle… (even if your “jungle” is a clay or plastic pot). I get so excited when outdoor gardening season begins…I begin my rounds at the local nurseries and every variety and color turns my head and tempts my wallet. I have many perennials, but […]

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DIY Uplighting — Adding Year-round, Low-cost Magic to your Yard and Garden

I’m still outside playing with lights…and I have a $10 tip to share that can make magic in your yard. A few years ago, we received a holiday card from friends.  It included a picture of their kids in front of a tree in their yard.  The photo was taken in the evening during late autumn and although I did look […]

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Easy DIY Winter Swags from Tree Leftovers (and Mr. D&D’s Creche)

I don’t know if we’re ever actually “done” decorating for the holidays…we love playing with lights, I guess. This Sunday, Mr. and I had some fun “finishing up” the outdoor decorations. I get the lights up early…but I don’t finish until the first week in December. Why?  I’m waiting for the (nearly) free Christmas decorations. You know those lovely fresh pine […]

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Garden Lighting – “Magical” Ground Cover

It’s certainly not unusual to see people using clear Christmas string lights in their yard. I often see this beautiful photo (among others) on Pinterest:   But I have another way to use these lights that I haven’t seen posted yet: I light my ground cover. If you have pachysandra, english ivy, or some other dense, sturdy plant in your landscape, […]

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Hang your solar chandelier from tree branches

Garden Lighting Options – Solar Chandeliers

Summer is winding down and pretty soon I’ll be back to my growing list of indoor projects… But NOT TODAY! One of my favorite Pinterest/Google searches involves garden lighting.  I love how people use different techniques to illuminate their yards.  Some of those photos are so beautiful…magical, even. And some are totally bogus (I’m looking at you, brightly illuminated “glow-in the-dark” planter […]

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Outdoor Chess Garden (and an Accidental Four-Square Court)

In my last post (Outdoor Chess on Any Budget), I mentioned that we were completely hung up on one small detail to finish our backyard chess board. Keep in mind, you DON’T have to buy a set or pour a concrete pad in your yard to have a chess garden of your own.  The last post shows all kinds of […]

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Outdoor Chess for Any Budget

Have you ever been in the middle of a project and were completely thrown off by one small detail…only to find it was shamefully simple? Well that’s what we discovered trying to create an outdoor chess park. Back up about three Christmases ago…YES, THREE!!! As a family gift, we bought outdoor chess pieces. My mom’s next door neighbor put a chess set in […]

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Have a Plan in Place, Because the Skunk Always Wins

There are certain things in life that may never happen to you… but if they did, you’d be glad to have a $3 action plan in place. Two weeks ago, I’d have said “Hmm, I should do that someday.”  Now that I’m a “veteran,” LET ME ASSURE YOU: Skunks don’t ask if you’re ready for them. They shoot first, ask […]

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dry stack stone wall, jack frost, honeysuckle, shade garden

Planting the Stacked Stone Wall Area

I’m celebrating a couple of things today! First: we finished planting the area around our new DIY dry stack stone walls. (If this is your first visit to D&D, you can read about our July wall project here for part 1 and here for part 2. And the second reason? This morning it rained… and rained… and RAINED! Big deal? […]

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DIY Stacked Stone Retaining Wall – Part 2

Yeesh!  Nothing will make you appreciate a Buffalo winter like building a two-layer DIY stacked stone retaining wall in July! It’s been hot, hard, heavy work; but we’re really happy we did it. 🙂  A bonus: Mr. DustandDoghair and I worked on it together AND we’ve both lived to tell the tale! Not a bad month’s work for this headstrong pairing […]

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