June 19, 2012 · 1:58 am
Project: Patio sprucing
I love projects like this one. After a couple hours of picking up/gathering supplies and planting, the patio looks awesome.
I picked up two new large planters ($12 a piece at Ocean State Job Lots! They have a good selection of garden stuff right now.) and cleaned up a couple more that were gathering dust in the garage.
I bought a bunch of plants, again from Honest Weight (great prices right now- I spent less than $20 on enough plants for four planters plus the border of the garden.) I ended up with four new planters brimming with flowers and plants, plus a newly-planted border along the garden side. Quite a bit of impact for under $50 and a couple hours time.
I love looking out the back door and seeing the colorful planters and welcoming patio.
I forgot to take a shot of the whole patio (before or after), so you’ll have to believe me that it spruced up well. It’s a nice spot for our family to eat dinner together every night, and it certainly makes me feel good.
In other yard news, the raised bed garden is coming along nicely. There are baby tomatoes, the peas are climbing the trellis, and the calendula and zinnias have buds. We only got a handful of strawberries before the creatures of the yard got to them, despite the bird netting- oh well, it was worth a shot.
June 19, 2012 · 1:42 am
Project: Tidy and spruce the patio
The goal this week: get flowers planted in pots around the patio and generally spruce it up. We use the patio a lot during the summer for dinner and after-baby’s-bedtime drinks. It hasn’t gotten a ton of attention yet other than the new border shrubs, and I want to add some potted plants and flowers and just generally clean it up.
The challenge here is that the small breezeway porch that borders the patio is under-construction, as Pat has taken down the ugly louvres that have been there for 50 years and is rebuilding/replacing the three sides.
The patio has come a long way since we moved in, when it was half-asphalt (terrible bumpy broken many-layered asphalt) and half poorly-laid flagstone. Once the porch is done we’ll have completed all the major work we envisioned for this area of our yard. Almost there!