Things are looking up this week. I have new chairs in my garden and it is amazing the difference they make to the feel of the place. My old plastic chairs were a few years old and, although still usable, looked very faded and drab with lots of mildew on them. I had been saving up a few dollars from plant sales while I was on the lookout for some new chairs on sale. (In my retirement the garden has to pay for itself.) Last week some lovely, sturdy plastic chairs went on sale at Longs Drugs for $9 each and I bought eight of them. The chairs are made in Italy which I think says something about our global economy. The old chairs I put out by the road and were gone in ten minutes. I do not expect these new chairs to last more than a few years. Between sun, rain, and salt air any chairs I have had in the garden only last three or so years at the most. I have tried wood, plastic and metal in the past. Some super expensive ones might work but it seems easier to just go cheap every few years.
Meanwhile, son #2 had also noticed that I needed some new chairs. He suddenly showed up with four new wood Adirondack chairs that he had assembled and painted. What a lovely colorful gift that really gives a lift to the garden....and to me! The paint job is even more impressive when you know that it was done with leftover paint found abandoned next to a trash can.
So, sorry there is no plant info today, but this post is really just to show off my new chairs. The four Adirondack chairs will go in a shady spot near the kitchen door where we like to sit and talk in the cool of the evening. I will place one of the plastic chairs under the guava tree which is a good shady spot in the morning to sit and have a cup of coffee. The rest of the plastic chairs will be kept stacked by the house to quickly come out when we have a gathering for a BBQ or a birthday etc. I do love being able to provide a nice garden area for my kids and grand kids to build memories in.