While I was on a kick of fun projects, I knew one that, given the 114 degree blistering heat, would for sure be the cherry on top. A month ago my mom and I happened to be in a Jo-Ann's Fabric purchasing things for my brother's upcoming wedding when we happened to notice some flower boxes on sale. I had been in search of planters to hang from my front windows for months, but couldn't bring myself to pay some of the hefty prices. We scored two window planter boxes for a ridiculously good deal on an "end-of-summer" clearance (if only it was the end of summer here). I had been putting off the actual hanging and planting until it cooled down, but being the over-achiever-beaver that I am decided this weekend would be the PERFECT time. I'll admit, I'm slightly driven by the fact that I have family coming over that might possibly only ever see my house this one time. Since I'm not an expert at drilling into brick, my husband drilled the planters into the brick wall for me. He added an extra screw for reinforcement, as there were only two to begin with. After hanging the planters we made our first of four trips of the day to Home Depot and picked up some succulent plants that can withstand our delightful heat. The front of our house takes direct sunlight until late afternoon, so we needed something that could basically withstand a blow torch. Here's some pictures from that project...
|Before: All the white trim is set to come out one day soon...hopefully to be replaced with black shutters. I can't even fathom an outdoor project like that right now!|
|Planter box (I know..it's not really a box) hung|
|Freshly filled. I love the look of green living things when everything is so dry and dead right now!|
I also decided to take on another small project in this front flower bed. We had been using one of those hoses that has small coils like a snake. It was constantly getting stuck/clogged/not spraying which is very frustrating when you are trying to water your plants quickly and get out of the heat. I happened to be at Target and found a new hose for $6 and the holder for $13--pretty great deals!
|We just drilled straight into the brick. Excellent time to check out the garden department at your local Target for their |
end of the season sales.