12 DAYS OF GIVING!

DAY 3 – WIND CHIMES

Wind chimes are a beautiful addition to your garden.  Their use dates back almost 5000 years to south East Asia where remains of wind chimes were found made from bone, wood, bamboo & shells.  They were through to ward off evil spirits, but were probably more practical in scaring birds off crops! Today, things are a little different and Music of the Spheres chimes definitely shows that not all wind chimes are equal. 

The chime you are listening to is the ‘Westminster’ pealing the familiar tones of London’s “Big Ben”.  Listening to rich harmonics of cathedral bells generated from this chimes is amazing! Music of the Spheres chimes are tuned with symphonic-quality accuracy and the most musical chimes on the market. The tempered alloy tubing never rusts or gets moldy: in fact these chimes are so durable the company even guarantees them to last for 7-15 years, depending on which one you get.

Listening to wind chimes inspires moments of peace and harmony in our busy lives and we think every garden should have one!


DAY 2 – AIR PLANTS 

Air plants are super easy to care for, requiring much less attention than other houseplants. They come in all weird shapes and sizes, produce very cool colorful flowers and make fabulous gifts for plant nerds and beginners alike!

An air plant’s botanical name is Tillandsia. They’re called “Air Plants” because they get most of their nutrients from the air. Found throughout Central and South America, and southern USA: these little plants are highly adaptive growing anywhere from the Andean mountain range to a Louisiana swamp.


Mike Azzolini mounted some air plants and stag horns onto slabs of wood to create these awesome readymade gardens! Hang them on your wall inside during winter, then put them outside to decorate your porch in summer – just make sure they’ve got protection from direct sun. Air plants and stag horns make good companions as both are epiphytic, that is they grow on other plants rather than in the soil.

Get uber creative and make your own garden! Air plants are ideal for terrariums or display them singularly, like Mike has done here in a glass bowl. Super simple: yet elegant with lots of visual impact. 

Mike’s care tips for air plants – they need lots of humidity. The best way to do this is buy a small spray bottle and mist the plant regularly. If you have a staghorn in your arrangement, this will need a little more water. You can use the spray bottle: unscrew the nozzle and pour a little water into the base of the leaves so the round bulbous root ball is wet. Makesure you mist on all sides of the staghorn leaves. Lots of bright indirect light, keep them warm and you’ll get years of enjoyment from your beautiful indoor garden!

 


 

Day 1 – Rain Chains

(click on the picture to see the rain chain in action!)

We love these rain chains! They are so gorgeous yet totally functional, adding movement and sound to your garden.

The idea is that instead of rain water being channeled down closed gutters, you actually get to see the water running down the chain from the roof to the ground: it’s so simple and beautiful and completely mesmerizing to watch!

Rain chains have been used for hundreds of years in Japan: people used their roofs to collect water and chains to funnel it off the roof and down into large barrels where it was stored for household use. You often find the most ornate rain chains at Japanese temples.

We have four different styles to choose from at Colonial – tulip, bell, door knob & the lace cone.  Hang the rain chain from the hole where the downspout was. Place a vessel on the ground below the chain so the water funnels down the chain into the vessel. You can make this water catcher as simple or ornate as you like: it may be a ceramic bowl, stone saucer, wooden barrel, or even river stones which channel the water into the garden.