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Better Homes and Gardens Australia October 2018

Better Homes and Gardens - full of ideas, inspiration and information for you and your family. Every issue of Better Homes and Gardens is packed with inspiring, affordable and achievable ideas plus step-by-step projects for all areas of your home and garden.

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welcome to october

sometimes I do go on about my mother. But she did do a bunch of things I really liked and which I keep loving years on. And one of them (forgive me if I have told you this before) was to create a display of flowers, foliage, grasses, even weeds – anything she could get her hands on – and creatively arrange them in her vase of choice and position them on our TV set (do you remember when televisions were on legs). She did this without exception, whatever the weather, indeed whatever the season. Spring gave her an abundance of choice because she lived in a cold climate. But when the winters were bleak, she managed to forage different foliages from anywhere and everywhere (the neighbours’ gardens were certainly…

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spring fever

Loving ombre? Have a go at dip-dyeing or buy the fabric and run up a pair of curtains. bright and breezy speaks of spring! So now’s the time to give your place a happy makeover and the fabulous ideas on these pages will set you up. And really, decorating is so much more fun than a spring clean, which only involves scrubbing and reorganising. So get going 'flower power’ style! 1 Pretty painterly effects and all manner of colour will enhance rooms, giving them a light and airy feel. And apart from painting your walls a refreshing shade of Caribbean blue, you can bring in the rest. Note the brushed stripes of the light shade and the watercolour cushions. All you need for success is a paint swatch strip with graduating shades. 2 Let’s…

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cross with me!

Stitch your way into spring with these pretty patterns. Whether you’re already crazy for cross-stitch or new to this terrific craft, you’ll love our selection of projects created specially just for you! What’s all the hoopla? Spring blooms forever fresh, what’s not to like? Have a go at displaying your project using this nifty double-hoop method, a fresh and unusual way to showcase your work. Instructions on page 172 Home is where the heart is Make a homey statement piece for all to see. Stitch a sweet house, frame it and hang your creation proudly. Cross-stitch adds a lovely injection of colour and interest – it will become a great talking point at your next tea party! Instructions on page 172 Busy bees and springtime Make this cute little brooch and show someone you think they’re the bee’s…

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faux & fabulous

thankfully artificial flowers with their true-to-life textures and colours are so realistic, it’s hard to distinguish the real from the faux. Channel your inner florist and learn to arrange these everlasting flowers like a pro. You’ll save money in the long run and get to be surrounded by your favourite blooms, even when not in season. Suitable containers can be found at nurseries or you may already have a few at home. So go ahead, give arranging a go, you’ll be a natural! BUY NOW Rustic beauty kit BHGRTC005 only $110 plus P&H (pot not included) Rustic beauty It’s time to rock a DIY native floral arrangement in a palette of gorgeous rusts and eucalypt greens, colours straight from the outback. This elongated display is designed to be viewed from the front or…

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the fabulous fifteen!

to enjoy a gorgeous flower display each spring, you need to give your garden good foundations. Permanent plants, like flowering shrubs, trees and climbers, burst into bloom every year on cue, without you doing a thing. Plant them once, nurture them to maturity, then sit back and enjoy the spoils of a beautiful seasonal display, every spring. And if you choose carefully, you can enjoy flowery profusion at all garden heights – shrubs at eye-level, blossom-smothered trees overhead and climbers covering pillars, pergolas and fences. Here are 15 of our favourites, offering brilliant blooms and fabulous fragrances. 5 beautiful blossoms 1 lilac Bearing fabulous blooms during the mid-to-late spring season, lilacs range in colour from mauves and purples to pink and white. And they offer more than just good looks – their perfume…

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old blue eyes

spring at Hitachi Seaside Park in Japan is quite literally a sea of blue as more than four million nemophila flowers spread over the Miharashi Hills under a brilliant azure sky. Reach the top of the hill o’ blooms and you’re rewarded with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. So what are these beautiful blooms and how can you get the blues at your place? NEMOPHILA, or Baby blue eyes as it is called, is a lovely late winter and spring flowering annual. Growing up to 30cm high, it has ferny green foliage and white-centred, cup-shaped blue blooms. Native to North America, and specifically the Pacific coast and California, in Australia you can cultivate it in all climate zones, from tropical to cold! Popular with pollinators, grow this pretty annual to…