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If you have a garden blooming in your backyard, why not consider growing a few unusual plants?
Roses and butterfly plants are so common nowadays. With the evolution of plant life, there are a few new ones that you should be aware of. Something else you need to be aware of is the potential for bugs to invade your garden.
However, don’t let them stop you from finding awesome new plants.
Our list of 5 unique plants that you need to plant in your garden will impress all of your neighbors.
Have you seen these plants on the Internet yet?
It seems like succulents have taken over the country!
What makes succulents so easy to take care of is the fact that they require very little work. You don’t need to constantly water them. This is because they are similar to cacti, and store water in their leaves.
Succulents also don’t like a lot of sun. So, installing a cool retractable awning will help protect them. These plants can also come in a variety of colors and shapes. When placed together in your garden, succulents will transform your space into a beautiful habitat.
2. Paintbrush Lily
Another gorgeous and unique plant is the paintbrush lily.
The leaves on this plant are bursting with vibrant red color. Paintbrush lily leaves will also grow in size to become very noticeable once they fully bloom in the warm summer climate.
The waxy coating on their leaves is important in the growing process of both plant types. Choosing this option as one of your unique plants in your garden will entice visitors.
3. Devil’s Tongue
What a name for a plant!
This plant enjoys the subtropical weather. It is great for gardening beginners, because it’s so easy to grow. At the base of this plant is a calla lily flower. Surrounding the center flower are fleshy spadix leaves. One leaf can grow to be up to 4 feet tall!
The tubers on the devil’s tongue plant are also said to be edible since the Japanese use it as a starch. This gives it an added bonus!
The hoya plant is also called the “wax plant” because it has waxy leaves.
Hoyas like bright lights and a lot of humidity. The hoyas are known for their long vines that stretch out and resemble ropes. Once they bloom, they create beautiful axillary umbellate clusters of star-shaped petals. These petals come in colors that range from white to purple.
5. Sensitive Unique Plants
Watch out for these plants, as they may move right in front of you!
The sensitive plant is known for making seismonastic movements (more commonly referred to as the response of a plant.) They use this sense to trigger a defense mechanism that the leaves perform to shy away herbivores.
Whenever these plants feel threatened, they simply droop their leaves and close up. The name sensitive plant truly describes how this plant has a mind of its own.
If you want to spice up your garden, consider planting one of these five unique plants. Having a lush green garden will be easy to create once you add some colorful plants, such as the hoya or paintbrush lily.
Regular bike maintenance is critical to enjoying hassle-free rides and prolonging the life of the bike. Who wants to go out and buy a new bike every few years? Not many!
When a bike’s squeaks, rattles, clicks, and clangs are ignored, performance suffers and it can become a safety hazard.
You don’t always have to take your bike down to the local bike shop, however, when some work needs to be done. Many maintenance techniques can be done right in your garage with an iced tea in hand.
Here are 5 at-home pro tips to help keep your bike in perfect working order for years to come.
1. Keep an Eye on Those Brake Pads
With regular use, brake pads begin to glaze due to the friction and heat between the pads and rims. Failing brake pads can turn an enjoyable ride into a scary one!
A cyclist’s first reaction is to buy new brake pads. This isn’t always needed.
Before spending unnecessary money, use some sandpaper and gently scrub the surface of each smoothed-out pad. Most of the time you’ll end up with like-new pads using this inexpensive, easy procedure.
2. Simple Frame Protection
Keeping the bike frame in good shape is key to a bike’s longevity.
Oftentimes the brake and gear cables that run along the frame begin to rub against it, causing damage. When this happens, find the points of contact and put small pieces of electrical tape between the frame and cables.
This helps protect the frame from long-term damage.
To cover existing nicks and dings, use an appropriate shade of nail polish (find that 50-shades-of-everything basket in the house) — but do so sparingly.
3. Keep Lubrication Levels in Check
More isn’t always better, especially when it comes to lubricating a bike chain.
If too much oil is applied to the chain, it can begin to accumulate dirt, dust, and debris. It can also cause excessive chain slipping and shorten the life of the bike’s drive train.
When too much oil has been applied, you’ll see areas of it beading up and gathering on components. Take a clean cloth and run it over the chain to rid it of the excess lubrication.
4. Properly Fit the Front Wheel
Tire punctures are frustrating, but they happen to the best of us.
Many times, after replacing the front tire, a rider will put the wheel back on the wrong way. This is common after experiencing the frustration of lost ride time.
We’re always in such a hurry, aren’t we?
The problem with attaching it backward is that the tire is now essentially rolling the wrong way. This results in less overall grip and performance.
How can you tell if the front wheel is fitted properly?
Simply match the quick release side with the quick release of the rear wheel.
Then be on your way to a high-performance ride.
5. Maintain the Seat Post
A seat post left in the same position for long periods of time can get permanently stuck in position. This turns the bike into a one-user-only proposition.
To avoid this, every month or so take a few minutes to remove and re-insert the seat post into the slot.
If you have a metal post and frame, use a bit of grease to keep it lubricated. If the bike has a carbon post and frame, dab on some friction paste.
These 5 tips will get you well on your way to keeping up with regular bike maintenance.
If your bike needs more work, a bike repair manual can save you loads of money. Plus, websites like the Inflation Zone can give you the lowdown on the best bikes out there, if you’re in the market for a new one.
It’s game day and you’re hosting. Even though it’s a simple gathering, you’re feeling a bit lost on what to do, what to buy, and how to make your turn to host the best.
We put together a list of five game day party hacks to make your turn to host easier and infinitely more fun. Check these hacks out!
Five Game Day Party Hacks to Make Your Life Easier
You want to spend game day relaxing and enjoying some good Celtic banter and football-appropriate snacks. These hacks will get you from prepping the party to enjoying the party quickly.
5. Get ready the night before.
Prepping makes everything run smoothly in many aspects of life. Spend an hour or two the night before the big game cleaning.
You don’t have to go nuts, but it’s helpful to get the following out of the way ahead of time:
- Wiping down surfaces.
- Vacuuming and sweeping.
- Cleaning your couch and sitting surfaces.
You’ll find that preparing everything the following day before your pals arrive will go much faster without the need to hastily clean.
4. Go with disposable serving items.
If you’re hosting a medium to large party, are you really going to want to do all those dishes at the end?
Opt for disposable versions of the following items:
- Knives, forks, and spoons
- Paper towels
If you’re not a fan of wasting things and harming the environment, set up recycling bins that are clearly recognizable around the dining area. There are also eco-friendly disposable items you can purchase as well.
Be sure to stock up on toilet paper as well.
3. Get creative with team colors.
Let’s be honest– popping over to the party store for flimsy team-themed party decor and disposables is very costly.
You can easily work team colors into your party supplies without purchasing team-specific items. This is a great way to save money while still making your game day party more festive.
Everything from your paper products to tablecloths can be found in your team’s colors for cheaper. You can easily make some felt flags with a pair of scissors, glue, felt, yarn, and a bit of creativity.
2. Post your Wi-Fi password.
If you’re hosting a big party and expect some guests who aren’t frequently over, it would be wise to post your wi-fi password inside your home where guests can easily see it. Save yourself the trouble of repeating the same password to fifty different people by getting fun and creative with an eye-catching sign.
1. Keep the kids busy.
If you have children or have invited guests that will probably bring them over, do them (and you) a favor by keeping them occupied.
Pick up some cheap foam balls, set up a game outside, pop on the sprinkler– do everything within your means to keep the kids from being bored out of their minds while your guests enjoy the game.
How was our list of game day party hacks? Tell us which ones you loved in the comments below!
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