It's been a rainy Monday Dear Friends.
And I've been ruminating on my blah & boring patio the past few days. You see, I have this boring, blank gray concrete wall. It looks like this:
This is actually the southern wall and I'm trying to start hollyhocks in front of it. The mess of green was last year's "garden". This year's looks much better. More tamed and less weedy.
Anyway, there is a similar wall way to the right (north) of the windows that faces the patio. It's just as blank and gray and boring as the one above. And what's worse, it is part of the patio, so we see it every time we are out there. Sometimes the gas grill is up against it but that's not a great sight either.
So, I've been thinking and brain-storming on what I could put out there to improve the view. Last year I had a large Mandevilla vine climbing up that wall. But the poor plant winter killed on our sunny but cold back porch.
I decided I wanted more than just a flowering vine there this year. I thought about painting the wall but don't want to deal with any peeling paint in a year or so. (Anyone ever paint a southern exposed concrete wall? Let's chat.)
I've been seeing old painted window frames in some of my favorite blogs. And I know we have at least one or two windows in the sheds. I mentally added the vines, the window frames and then thought of etched glass.
Below are some of the brain-storming components I have spinning around in my head.
Old windows hanging on a wall
More etched glass
More painted frames
The canning jar flower holders for another splash of color on either side of the window. I'm still mulling that one over....
This is the idea I had for the morning glory or cardinal vine planter that would be placed under the window. But now I'm not sure if the ropes the vines would twine up should go behind the window frame or in front. Sort of like a living curtain? Thoughts?
And then while we're prettying up the place, why not a white gate and wreath for the compost enclosure. (Which I cannot show you because the wind knocked it down Saturday. So much for my construction skills. LOL I just need to pound in some support posts and wire it securely. I knew that, but hoped it would stand for a few days.)
Oh the ideas I have..... I can't wait to implement them. :o)
** "I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees…" ~Wendell Berry