Backyard Decisions

Now that it’s warmer and the world is green again, it’s time for me to get outside and kick some garden ass. Last year, I wrote about our high maintenance yard and my struggles with weeds, bugs and small furry mammals. In September, I admitted temporary defeat and hung up my gardening gloves. I’ve had all winter to reflect on my mistakes, learn and strategize for this summer. This year, I have a plan that should get me closer to my dream yard.

One of the many things I love about this space is this little stone patio along one side of the yard. The bushes form a natural canopy that we’ve found refreshing on hot summer days when the sun beats down on our uncovered deck.

Usually we just bring down some pieces from our regular patio set when we sit down there, but I thought it might be fun to put something a little different there this summer.

I have a few ideas:

I LOVE these red chairs from Pier 1. A few of these might look nice.

Maybe a brightly coloured bistro set?

Then there’s the Applaro chaise lounge from Ikea that would coordinate with our existing patio furniture. I can just imagine stretching out with a good book on one of these.

At one time there was also some talk of installing posts and hanging a hammock under there, but I’m not so keen on that idea. I think it would take up too much space, and frankly, I’ve never found hammocks to be very comfortable. Really, if you’re not living in a tree or bunking with the Skipper, I don’t see the point of having one.

I wonder what Martha would do here?

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