I wanted to share our new tete-a-tete seat that we got a couple of weeks ago. We (I) had debated whether to get 2 new Adirondack chairs for the deck/pergola. We currently have 2 cedar ones that are designed with a higher, more comfortable seat but it's difficult to find any other than the traditional low slung ones which, as we grow older, are difficult to get in and out of. As I was driving down the road one Saturday I noticed a neighbour had 2 styles of these bench seats (the other is more of an Adirondack style back with slanted legs) for sale at the end of his driveway. I stopped in and chatted with him for a while. He also makes birdhouses, wheelbarrows for flowers, and wishing wells. His work is excellent with everything sanded smooth and rounded edges. The next day on our way home from church I noticed he still had them out for sale so I called him when we got home and he delivered it to me 15 minutes later. I didn't have the cash for him and he said it was no problem as he knows who I am and where we live. :-) That's what I like about country folk. We are, for the most part, very trusting. He makes all his products from cedar and works on them all winter long as a hobby. And in case you're wondering, I paid him 2 days later. :-)
This is the bench before I stained it. I spent 5 hours staining it in 2 coats of Behr 'Drift Grey' (on 2 different, and very hot, days!). What a lot of work painting underneath and in-between all the slats! I wanted a colour that would contrast with the deck stain which is a natural cedar.
This seat is perfect for conversations, tea....hot or cold, breakfast, lunch, reading or just sitting and enjoying the view. I may even buy another one next year for the front deck. (He's all sold out!) Do you like the cushions? I got them a Walmart. Love the colours. The plant is Lantana Sunrise Rose, so it will have the same colours as in the cushions.
We'll be enjoying our deck a lot this summer. Hopefully it won't be too windy though as we've found it to be on some of the sunny days recently. Our neighbours losing their huge Manitoba maples last summer during tropical storm Arthur sure made a big difference in how the wind blows through now! It's not pleasant when it's gusty, which it seems to be a lot lately.
I got my plants all potted. These are two vintage enamel kettles which are great for flowers. I love the look of them and I can move them around easily with the handles.
This is an old bench from our neighbours who are moving. It sat out in their yard for years and I gave it a coat of stain. I like that it's rustic and will provide extra seating as well. Did you notice that I moved the kettle? :-)
This big canning pot is so pretty. I love the pale blue and white spatter of it. The flower combo is called 'Pumpkin Spice'. Isn't it pretty? It will fill out a lot with these 3 plants.
I bought a fuchsia hanging basket and plopped it in a container. It's hard to find individual fuchsia plants to add to planters so this was the best option. The hummingbirds that come to the feeders like the flowers too.
I made up 2 of these containers for the front deck and they will fill out nicely.
And lastly is the green wicker planter on the front deck with coral geraniums.
Well, I'm all set now with the planters filled and blooming. Now I have to get that vegetable garden planted! I still haven't bought seeds yet. It will be a late harvest this year.
Tomorrow I hope to enjoy the deck as it's supposed to rain on Sunday. :(
I hope you all have a beautiful weekend. Can you believe it's the end of May already?
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