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I'm really trying to make an effort with the back yard this year to make it a place where people would want to hang out. I fell in love with a bistro patio set last week, and am amazed at how much a difference having a place to sit out there makes. I'm also looking into some shade options for the patio, so there's some protection from the evil glowing thing in the sky.

What's got me going today is the flowers. Yesterday, Dave and I picked up some flowers to put in the flower box on the patio. We need some color out there. So, today, I got them planted. It's just a little thing, and a little bit of color, and I'm pretty sure that only one of the two types I got is going to survive with the amount of sun that corner of the yard gets (or doesn't), but what was really cool was that almost the moment I had those little bits of floral stuck into the dirt, a little bee came by and swooped in to check them out. Now, I'm really quite afraid of bees, so I backed away a safe distance. But at the same time, it was nice to see that little bit of nature at work in my backyard.

In other news, my little dwarf orange tree is almost waist high now. I think it's grown about a foot and a half since I put it in last fall. It had a few blossoms this year, but those are gone now and it's still to early to tell if there will actually be any fruit (even if there is, it probably won't be edible yet.)

The next task on my list is the raised garden bed. That'll be going in before the end of the month. Need to decide what to plant in it still.

There's still a little bit of clean up and organization needed out there. Need to clear out the "Trash" Shed so I can actually put our Green Waste container in there, and I need to clean all the dead leaves out of the "paved" cubby hole behind the shed so the trash and recycle bins can go there. And need to call the HOA and see about getting the shed and rear fence repaired so they don't fall down completely.

Lots to do. But it's all starting to come together.

Date: 2010-05-03 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elisandra.livejournal.com
They have some nice and affordable umbrellas at Costco. I recently got one of the beach ones instead of the expensive market ones, and it works quite nicely, though it's a bit more likely to get plucked up by the wind.

Date: 2010-05-03 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elisandra.livejournal.com
It looks like this and does have a tilt which is nice if the sun moves. (or uh, the earth moves, which it has a habit of doing. Thankfully.)

http://hkcamper.com/products/Beach%20Umbrellas/big/CTBU-07.jpg

Date: 2010-05-03 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elisandra.livejournal.com
Oh and it was only $20 instead of the 50 or 60 at least that you pay for a wooden one.

Date: 2010-05-03 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mslulu.livejournal.com
Plus Costco membership makes it $70. :(

Date: 2010-05-03 11:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barelyproper.livejournal.com
that is why you go with friends who have a costco card. ;)

Date: 2010-05-03 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mslulu.livejournal.com
I'm getting the feeling Dave and I are the last people out there who don't have Costco memberships. Ah well. We have a mostly dead umbrella out there now, but it didn't survive the last big windstorm too well, and it was a little smaller that I think I liked. Now, I'm deciding between a larger market umbrella, or a little gazebo/canopy type thing.

Date: 2010-05-04 12:59 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] johnstonmr
We didn't have one for a few years, but with the little monster eating more now, it became necessary.

Date: 2010-05-03 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mslulu.livejournal.com
Well, so much for the canopy/gazebo plan. While waiting over the weekend to get paid/decide to go for it, the last non-obnoxious 8 x 8 canopy in existence sold out. Guess I'm looking at umbrellas again.

Date: 2010-05-03 11:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barelyproper.livejournal.com
yay Nature!

Date: 2010-05-04 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-postmortem.livejournal.com
Kevin and I are coming up for the Lodi run on May 15th. If you want to go to Costco I have a card. We also sell umbrellas at Cost Plus and if we go I can use my employee discount and get 30% off.

Date: 2010-05-05 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mslulu.livejournal.com
Ooh... That's a thought. I like the Cost Plus ones.

Date: 2010-05-14 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-postmortem.livejournal.com
It looks like Lodi is about 50 miles away from you so Kevin and I won't be in Sacramento at all this weekend. I thought it was closer. Sorry.

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