Back to the Patio

Well, as much as I love the pictures on my photo wall from the garden, this year I’ve yet to plant anything. Until now.

I was planning on skipping the seasonal flowers due to travel and staying busy with my company. But thanks to some special circumstances I needed to clean up the patio.

Here’s the before:

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bench swing in progress

I needed to move out the frame of the swinging bench so it could be painted and the new wood slat installed. I wanted to move out all those dead plants and set up some seating.

And here’s the midway shot:

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now with real seating

I had most everything already, so all I needed to purchase was soil and flowers. I moved out the chairs that were in the garage, the white table from the living room and the rug from the laundry area.

All of the flowers were re-potted into bright pots which I found on sale at the end of season a few years ago and I’d yet to fill them until now. I still have 3 more  gallon sized pots and many smaller ones in the garage.

Here’s the welcome swing with some bright flowers in plastic pots and a pink hibiscus in a gallon plastic pot.

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left of the door

This $5 bench from the Salvation Army got a good wipe down and rinse. All of the spider infested pots went into the backyard and I added a few things back.

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bright and cheery

The chairs came from Ikea ages ago (one was a Freecycle pickup) and I moved them out from the guest room when I got the queen sized bed. These pillows were $1 ea from Home Depot and the rug was $4 at Ikea. The white side table was a $10 Wal-Mart find and I filled in the rest of the existing planters with flowers:

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Before Nixon came to live with me Wilson loved to spend time on the patio but with 2 dogs it takes a little more coordination. Hence the cinder block to keep them from running off. Today I took them out and they lounged on the chairs,

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what’s happening on the street?

shared a chair,

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which smells interesting apparently

Kissed a bit,

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Nixon stopped to smell flowers,

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Of course all that time teaching Nixon how to sit was for naught because he prefers the table. He starts off in the chair,

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this is not good enough

then sneaks up,

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I’m technically sitting on the chair…

and pretty soon is full on claiming the table.

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“What?”

Wilson was content just sitting on my lap, watching the street:

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