This bougainvillea always makes me think of my mom and how she taught me so much about gardening but how different our styles were. This was the one plant I had that had established itself to add some color and help cover the fence for my wedding. I came home from some errands to find my mom with the pruners hacking away at this bush, cuts up to her elbows from the thorns, and her being totally proud of her accomplishments. She was so pleased with her work that I couldn’t tell her that I was horrified. We just blotted her scrapes and had a wedding. Now these plants are twice her height and they bring me many happy memories about her goals for a more manicured garden and, undoubtedly, more manicured children. 🌺🌸
We have a large deck that we built out of ipe about eight years ago. We have furnished it with a variety of adirondack chairs and dining tables but nothing has felt right. A few months ago we stumbled across the Ana White Simple Modern outdoor sectional and thought it would be a great fit for our deck!
There are two separate designs that make up the sectional, corner units and armless sections. To get a feel for how the design comes together we built one of each out of basic white wood from the Home Depot. Each one took us a day to cut and build and we thought they came out great!
We took these two down to our deck to check for scale and decided on three corner units and six armless sections. We also decided to build them out of an Indonesian hardwood called red balau to play off the ipe deck and also last a lot longer in the hot California sun!
It's March but that means its almost sunny season here in California. I can't wait to spend my Friday afternoons out here with a cold cocktail, my pups and some knitting!