Planted

Summer is flying by, and between the productive exhaustion of settling into a new job and the unseasonably mild weather, the inside of the house hasn’t gotten nearly as much attention as my picnic blanket and my bike.

I’ve also been spending significant time on the balcony, reading and napping.  Adding the church pew has made all the difference in how much we use the space, and with some creative furniture rearrangement, the space has also been perfect for grilling and al fresco dining. My small collection of plants has been growing in both size and number, and while the coreopsis has been a little worse for the wear after a windy thunderstorm, they’re mostly thriving under the care of my not-so-green thumb.

balcony barbecue

One small revelation of note: if you use iron pipe for an outdoor project, it will rust, very quickly! I learned this the hard way a few short days after putting together the bench.

Iron pipe rusts if left unprotected outside -The Projectory

Luckily, it was a not-so-difficult-if-slightly-annoying fix. I unscrewed all the legs, gave them a light sand, and a couple coats of Rustoleum.

Use Rustoleum on iron pipes to keep them from rusting outdoors -The Projectory

There are some bigger and longer term projects on deck that will probably happen next spring, but in the meantime, I’m reveling in the small projects that have really transformed the space for very little money. Plants make all the difference:

Balcony before

Before, May 2014

 

In progress, August 2014

In progress, August 2014

More summer please!

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2 comments

  1. […] the impending first frost, I needed to bring some of my plants in from the balcony. We get a good amount of sun in our space, but it’s mostly filtered indirectly through the […]

  2. […] the impending first frost, I needed to bring some of my plants in from the balcony. We get a good amount of sun in our space, but it’s mostly filtered indirectly through the […]

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