Garden Wish List and Progress

Do you have a garden wish list?
  • rose arbor for climbing roses
  • garden house 
  • screen view of less attractive areas
  • contain hubs tools and such
These are some of the things on my list this year. 
I will be happy if I get one or two.
 I am determined to get a climbing structure for climbing roses. 
Never had one, always wanted one,
and when I found these pink salvage pillars I decided
 I would create an archway between the pillars
using some iron that will span the two pillars in an arched shape.
This is the spot where the archway will be built.
A white climber, White Dawn, will climb over these pillars
 and bring me much happiness!!
If it works out how I think it will, that is.
White against the pink pillars will be nice. 
I tend to plant flowers that are pink and purple,
 so the pillars will look at home in the landscape.
My garden looks a lot better in person...
or maybe it was just that we have had a lot of rain and it 
stole most of the blossoms off of the garden roses.
 My purple rose bush is right after the iron bed.
Planted against the iron bed are morning glories, and some sweet peas. 
 I paired the vintage turquoise chairs at the table with the balinese umbrella.
My furniture outside gets moved as much as the inside stuff!
The tall black iron chairs are over in the back now with the chaise.
Look what I was painting yesterday and today...
a big honking orange tool trunk that my beloved brought home
 for tool storage against the back of the house here! 
(shown here after painting the bottom)
No way could it stay day-glo orange, 
so he reluctantly agreed to let me paint it
 so it would blend in with the house. 
Now all of his things can get tucked inside this
 grey box and maybe we both can be happy.
I also painted the white rocker black,
and picked up a small iron umbrella table at Costco 
to steady the wind blowing the new black umbrella on the upper porch.
It is quite a welcoming spot.
My hydrangeas have just exploded!
 These will last me all summer long with cuttings.
A fair amount of weeding was done 
 on the charming but pain in the neck gravel walk.
I let it get away from me already...
My reward? 
A chilled glass of white wine and some reading 
about lovely garden structures at this book I got at Lowes.
PS~Don't forget to watch 
Million Dollar Decorators tonight!
Did you know that decorating diva Mary McDonald even read my post
and thanked me and then retweeted it on twitter!! 
That was very cool~
I will be watching her every move!

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