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Creating A Fun, Safe Garden For Your Children

As the mum of five young children, I know how important it is to have access to a safe outdoor space for your children to play. Being cooped up in the house all day isn't good for the kids or the parents, but you also can't let young kids play in a space that's hazardous. When we bought our new family home, there was a lot of work to do in the garden to make it childproof, and we also wanted to make it a fun place for the kids to play. We erected a new fence, fitted a combination lock on the garden gate, had poisonous plants removed, cordoned off the pool and created a play area complete with swings, a slide and outdoor games. I started this blog to share my DIY gardening tips, and I hope you find it interesting and useful.



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A Few Important Tips and Cautions When Sending Flowers and Similar Gifts

by Darlene Jenkins

Sending flowers is a good way to tell someone how much you care, and they can also be sent to colleagues and coworkers for special occasions and holidays. However, it can be a bit more complicated to send flowers than you realize, as there are many details you need to consider. Note a few quick tips and simple cautions to make it easier on you. 


You want to be careful about sending roses to anyone other than your romantic partner and possibly your mother; roses are typically considered a symbol of love, and red roses for romantic love. You might not think twice about sending a dozen roses to a colleague, but this gesture might be misconstrued. Having a few roses inside a bouquet of other flowers can be acceptable, but be cautious and selective about sending roses on their own.

Sugary treats, alcohol

Many flower bouquets come with sugary treats such as cookies or chocolate-dipped fruit; before you send these, however, be sure that your recipient is not diabetic or would otherwise have health concerns when it comes to eating sugar. It can often be better to send something that isn't edible if you're not sure if they would even be able to indulge in sugary treats. The same is true of a bottle of wine or selection of beer; be cautious about those who may need to avoid alcohol for any reason.

Sending plants to colleagues

If you do send a plant to a colleague, you want to consider that they may need to take the plant home. They may not have space in their cubicle or office to store it, and may get busy with their work so that they forget to water it. Don't be offended if this happens; remember that when you send a gift, the recipient should feel free to do with it as they want, so avoid hurt feelings if you suddenly don't see the plant on their desk! They may actually be taking better care of it at home than in the office.   

Holiday and specific plants and flowers 

Typically it's expected to send poinsettias for Christmas and lilies for Easter, so you might avoid these plants and flowers at other times of the year. Lilies are also often chosen for weddings, so they may seem out of place as a get well wish or congratulations to a coworker. When selecting a plant or flower, you might allow the florist to suggest something according to the occasion and recipient so you don't make the mistake of sending something with a certain significance.