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  Find That Great Outdoor Room
  July 29th, 2005

August isn’t actually the hottest month of the year in this hemisphere – but it sure feels like it. We’ve already been through the hottest month and all except the most ardent heat-lovers are beginning to long for the cooler weather of autumn. This is the time of year when most of us want to sit back, sip a cool drink and look at the flowers.

It certainly isn’t the time most would choose to renovate sections of the garden or to tackle a long put-off lawn or garden project. However, it’s a great time to work on creating an outdoor rooms. As with indoor decorating, your garden should reflect you and your family, so that everyone feels comfortable there. Create a retreat away from the house under a big shade tree. Place furniture so that friends and family can talk, enjoy views, or just relax and read a book.

If you don’t have a fountain or pool in your garden, now is a great time to add one! Did you know studies have shown that a water element can lower one’s body temperature by two degrees on a hot day? Concrete or stone fountains generally take less than an hour to set up and are quite easy to care for. However, they’re heavy, so grab some neighbor kids to help. Then, just sit back, relax with friends and enjoy a cool drink in the greatest room in your house – your garden.

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