Wow. It has finally stopped raining for a few days and I was able to get some more work done outside!
First and foremost, we just did a major clean up. We had spent so much time opening and cleaning the pool (Algae.. ugh! It’s the death of me!) that it was nice to be able to get to cleaning up the rest of the backyard from the winter! We definitely started with a pressure wash of the house — it’s good to get it done every few years before the mold and mildew creeps up on us!
Then came the pollen…. oh, the pollen. It’s terrible here. Every year in the spring, I think to myself, “was it this bad last year?” And, yes, it was…. every year. All the patio furniture had to come out and get a wash. It did a number on my allergies that day, but it was good to get the furniture back to it’s intended color! 🙂
My first project was re-painting our pots to make them go together a little better. I’m working with a color palette of turquoise and orange, so a few pots were painted turquoise. One went orange, one green, and one khaki. They aren’t all sitting next to each other, so it’s not as crazy looking as it sounds!
Here are some of the pots before painting. I didn’t end up painting the brown pots in the picture. They went much better with the color scheme after the other pots were painted.
Now that the pots are painted, it was time to put something in them! This is my favorite part. I know deep down that I will most likely have all of them killed by July, but I still love the feeling of planting new plants.
In three of the pots, I am trying (yet again!) to get some veggies to grow. Our HOA doesn’t allow vegetable gardens, so I am reduced to trying to grow them in pots. I can usually get stuff to grow, but every year, my tomatoes are so tiny! One year, my dream is to have tomatoes so big that I eat only tomato sandwiches until August. This year, I’m trying to grow red tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, and jalapenos. Yes, I love fresh salsa. I guess I need to try for a cilantro plant, too.
Grow veggies, grow!
In the other pots, we planted some ornamental plants and flowers and added a few decorative items that I found unused in the garage!
After a quick trip to Kohl’s, we have a small “conversation” area to lounge around the pool in. Have you tried these zero gravity chairs? SO comfortable!!
Next phase — on to finding some shade for the patio and curtains for the screened in porch!!
What are your DIY plans for the summer weekends? Send pics!