Today, yesterday also, and rest of the week, our parts department is awaiting paint. Finally. Amazingly, I keep finding chairs/tables to tote over to the menagerie. This phase is metal. Colors you see, below, robin's egg blue, from my previous 30 year garden, oak leaf green, from a flower show display festival garden I created, and the brown chairs are newbies from Restore, $5 each and the best quality chairs in the pic. Soon, hodge-podge-lodge will be the same green already used on the shed doors of our ca. 1900 farmhouse. Historic Garden Design Rule: Choose a Color Trinity, overdose on that theme, green-white-brown is the classic, but go with whatever your heart speaks.
Major land renovations put this phase low on the list, exciting to finally be here. The chaos has scrambled my brain. What is the line from Beetlejuice, "I will go insane, and take you with me."
Choosing our green, below, last year was unexpected. We were at Lowe's, Beloved turns and says, Get a color for the exterior doors. Yes, the man thinks I can pull the right color from my quiver within 10 seconds. Not my first rodeo, I knew he needed 'choices'. Grabbed a few color chips, went back/forth inside/outside, gave him choices, voila, Ginkgo Tree, below.
Last weekend, below, the cedar & teak furniture was stained Ginkgo Tree.
Where I'm headed, below. A return to sanity.
Pic, above, Penelope Bianchi's garden, slide show here.
Beloved built this deck last year, it's cured and ready for stain. When we bought the property almost 2 years ago invasives were so thick the lake was not visible. Yes, Beloved did all the clearing and burn piles. Easier to understand why painting is low on The List.
(Laskett at right, above. He's my CEO, and knows it. Laura was conceived and born in my previous garden, she's my sprite. )
We're matching the back deck to our historic front porch. Flooring, Cabot, Driftwood Gray, solid cover, same as shingles, below. Rails, Cabot, Thatch, similar, but better, to garage doors, below. Thatch is new to me. A client's interior decorator used it for the interiors of an enclosed porch I designed. (Always a good day getting a new color trinity, especially one working with a 'historic' look.) Beloved was not sold on Thatch with my descriptions, nor laptop or phone pics. Took him to the client's site, sold.
Happy for this chapter to turn. Do take the Penelope Bianchi link, you'll love it, promise.
Did you notice the garden furniture is Field Gathered? No worries, color brings it into focus, aka, stopping the insanity.
Garden & Be Well, XO T