Well, technically, it’s summer, but the plants were planted during spring. After last year’s deck makeover, we purchased a new dining set and it’s the perfect addition. It’s the farmhouse collection from Wal-Mart, and it fits so much better than the round table did.
The furniture is also super easy to clean or wipe dry. I was a little nervous about the chairs and table getting too hot in the sun, but since we have the shade over the deck, it’s not been an issue.
For Mother’s Day, we ate brunch out here and it was a lovely afternoon. I didn’t snap any pics before we ate, but managed to get a few of the flowers in the afternoon.
I mixed some potted plants with some hydrangea and other grocery store flowers. Gotta say – these hydrangea lasted me more than a week. Sadly, my hydrangea in the backyard likely won’t bloom these year. The drought from last year and then a spring freeze got to them, so I ended up having to trim them back. The good news is that they have lots of leaves, so hoping for some pretty blooms next year!
On the other side of the deck, I kept the bench and added some new plants. The one on the left is a citronella plant – smells like summer and these guys are so easy to grow. The other pink, purple and red pot I just dropped into the planter. This is my favorite way of planting flowers. Instant gratification!
I have no idea what these flowers are, but I planted three in this big planter. They are doing awesome and have filled out really well. By our grill, I planted an herb garden. So far, everything is still alive. The cilantro is the most fickle. Any good tips for keeping cilantro alive in the humid south?
And now, we’re officially ready for summer! We’ve already grilled out a few nights and love hanging out in the backyard with the string lights. How do you get you outdoors and backyard ready for the summer?
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