Greenhouses at Bramshall, Staffordshire, England - seems the brick might help it retain more heat

Greenhouses at Bramshall, Staffordshire, England - seems the brick might help it retain more heat

"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford let alone". (Henry David Thoreau, "Where I Lived and What I Lived For")

Modern Victorian Kitchen Garden with Rustic Tool Trellis

"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford let alone". (Henry David Thoreau, "Where I Lived and What I Lived For")

Behind the brick retaining wall, which the couple had repointed, is a lush front yard. Taking cues from Victorian-era gardens, Jeffrey planted perennials that need little water, such as black-eyed Susan, coneflower, guara, aster, heather, lavender, rosemary, thyme, creeping phlox, cardinal flower, and castor bean. Only in July, when the sun is very intense, does he need to supplement the collected water that the new rain barrels supply.

Curb Appeal Boosts for Every Budget

Behind the brick retaining wall, which the couple had repointed, is a lush front yard. Taking cues from Victorian-era gardens, Jeffrey planted perennials that need little water, such as black-eyed Susan, coneflower, guara, aster, heather, lavender, rosemary, thyme, creeping phlox, cardinal flower, and castor bean. Only in July, when the sun is very intense, does he need to supplement the collected water that the new rain barrels supply.

See how This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install a rain gutter, downspout, and rain barrel.

How to Install a Rain Gutter

See how This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner install a rain gutter, downspout, and rain barrel.

I WANT THE ROPE! These solid cast pieces fix downspouts to the house, secure against wind and theft. Shown, for 3-inch round downspouts: 1. Waxed bronze Fleur-de-lis, about $40; A. B. Rain Gutters 2. Brass Rope, about $29; Classic Gutter Systems LLC For 2-by-3-inch downspout: 3. Brass Fleur-de-lis, about $51; Gutter Supply

All About Gutters

I WANT THE ROPE! These solid cast pieces fix downspouts to the house, secure against wind and theft. Shown, for 3-inch round downspouts: 1. Waxed bronze Fleur-de-lis, about $40; A. B. Rain Gutters 2. Brass Rope, about $29; Classic Gutter Systems LLC For 2-by-3-inch downspout: 3. Brass Fleur-de-lis, about $51; Gutter Supply

Silver gazing balls in a black claw-footed bathtub?  Interesting...

Silver gazing balls in a black claw-footed bathtub? Interesting...

Downspout Diverter

Rainwater Collection with Rain Barrels - Rainfall Calculator

California Paints - (Exterior) Brookside w/ historic morning dew and rain barrel? or phelps putty and tankard gray?

California Paints - (Exterior) Brookside w/ historic morning dew and rain barrel? or phelps putty and tankard gray?

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