Happy Easter everyone, especially Deb White the winner of the Win This Book! Contest. Congratulations Deb, and thanks to everyone who entered. Woowoo!
And now back to our regularly scheduled program. The deck top is fiinished and we have already been trying it out. Here is the view from across the pond, where I can see that we really really need to remove that old satellite dish, which has never been in use since we moved here.
We seem to have oodles and oodles of seating all around the place, including the six chairs that came with that table, not pictured. I don't think the lounges will stay here. Too crowded. There is danger at this point that we will fall off the edge of the deck, but that won't last. The finish will be planter boxes attached on the three sides, with the pathway being filled in on the front. The Dawg loves jumping across the gap. It's his big trick of the day.
Dave who loves to paint is priming the planterbox lumber here. The white will be covered with gray to match the deck. The planter boxes will be supported by 1. a concrete foundation 2. concrete blocks 3. wooden planks secured to the underside of the deck supports.
The planters will be like the ones pictured below, attached to the front porch. More GARDENS!!!
Dave enjoys the dappled sunshine, after a hard day of deck building. The Dawg and his new favorite rock. He also loves sticks, branches, and bark, but rocks are #1.
The Frogs love April and are enjoying the sun, waiting for this year's sunglasses to arrive. Blooming Clematis. Nelly Moser variety.
A little Grand Opening of the Iris, next to the snowball bush which is ridiculously loaded with heavy blooms.
I planted the lilies in pots to outwit the voles and they overwintered nicely and are already shooting up. In the center is a big bowl of coleus which I am going to gorge with Miracle Grow in hopes of a huge mound of redness by June. Still some empty pots to fill, but my herbs are doing well in the one purple pot.
And this Columbine I started from seed last year, and is gracing me with this lovely bloom. I am thrilled of course. Planting anything from seed is to me a tiny miracle.