This was also my "welcome home" ritual each weekend, to kind of reset from a crazy week. I need that reminder on a regular basis also!
My summer days would start in the morning, on the patio that i actually made an effort to keep clean and stocked with pillows and candles (for night!)
|these pictures are from the summer... would it have killed me to straighten the pillows?!|
Breakfast would usually involve a breakfast burrito, juice and kombucha (no, that's not beer...) and books:
|the patio is in the shade in the morning, and very pleasant|
|the combination feeder & hanging pots was approved by the hummers!|
|they are in pots at the top of hill|
|Santa Barbara Red|
|looks more pink, but whatever|
I would also water the succulent pots each weekend - using ice cubes! The two wall mounted ones had spilling plants in them - the first time i'd been able to keep those alive all summer.
|this pot from Potted|
|this one i bought at the Austin Fling!|
Even as the temperature got warmer, i could make the patio feel cool by using those white curtains i installed. They keep the couch part of the patio in the shade. Some trail and error was required to make them work in our wind, but by the end of the summer, we got there! The hammock was also great as an alternative to the couch for reading...
|and I could look at garden,and every once in a while, do some weeding or other things|
And at time, the combination of candles and solar powered lights made the patio great to hang out in, and have dinner, etc.
This was really the first summer that made me feel like i used the garden in the best possible way - to relax, to have fun, and to hang out in, even in the middle of the heat. As i look back at these pictures, i can see some things i want to improve (better storage, cleaning up tools, maybe some more pillows?) but if i can repeat this summer ritual again, 2019 will be great summer no matter what the heat!