Monday, September 1, 2008
Afternoon on the Porch
We spent the day doing a bit of labor--sweeping the patio and dealing with all of the plants I'd killed during the summer. Mr. Gollum shook his finger, forbidding me to ever, ever buy another fern or ficus. (Although the ones inside seem to be keeping their leaves--but that's a botanical mystery, considering my lurid past.)
We both agreed that the outdoor rug needed to be moved, as it was a debris magnet.Then I made a big pitcher of limeade.
If only we could keep it this tidy.
Last year, we painted the wicker. And this year I had pillows made out of a bedspread and dust ruffle.
When you step out of the house, through the wet bar, you can see a little statue at the far end.
I moved the baby tears and maidenhair fern down here; but after I took pictures, Mr. Gollum brought them back inside the house. **wink**
Next spring, if I can carve out some time, I'd like to paint a rug.
I'm trying to talk Mr. Gollum into planting three crepe myrtles to the right of the chimney.
The windows act like mirrors, reflecting the pool and the sky.
Now that it's September, the flowers are starting to look a little careworn.They've probably looked that way for a while. :-)After all, this IS Gollum's yard. :-)
P.S. This was how the porch looked in 2007. It's "more of the same," as the colors are still drabbish. A friend who works at a furniture store gave me the pillows (someone bought a sofa set, hated the pillows). I took big, sectioned cushions and cut them in half for the base cushions. Not a great fit, but it worked. However, they didn't hold up. Moving right along...I had plants galore! They add so much beauty to a patio, but I killed them dead. That said, this year I earned a few points for recycling the old bedspread/dust ruffle.
It won't be long before I have to pull out the plastic furniture covers and put this room to bed for the winter; but for now, it's a nice place to relax with the dogs and watch them redecorate.
Hope you all had a peaceful Labor Day.