I went to Alabama last week and wouldn't you know, as soon as I leave, there is a glorious week of sunny weather in Washington. Thankfully, the stroke of clear weather extended itself after I returned. Michael and I hit the ground running and we have just about exhausted ourselves with knocking off some major projects.
First - staining the fence. We did this on a clear day with no clouds whatsoever but it was not hot, just pleasantly warm. I actually broke out the shorts and the tank top. The stain is called "Mahogany Flame" which I think would make a good drag-queen name. This is what our friends used on their fence in Portland and we really liked it. Our neighbor across the street commented and said that it glowed in the sunset. I will take that as a compliment.
Michael stained the fence and I took on the gate and arbor. Painting all those slats and criss-cross panels just about drove me insane. I do hope this is not a project that will have to be repeated soon. Notice the Weeping Goldenchain tree on the left is leafing out!
We next tried the stain on our garden bench. It looks brand new! Amazing what a coat of stain will do.
Next up was the deck which was in a pretty sad state. We had intended to rent a pressure washer and clean it. However, the guy at Home Depot advised against it and said that pressure washing it would open the pores and cause moisture to seep in and cause trouble down the road. He recommended that we use a product called "30 Seconds" which everybody uses here to clear off the moss and algae. This was more back-breaking work as we had to use a scrub brush but lo and behold, it did an impressive job.
|Rhododendron "Ramapo", a dwarf variety that I purchased to go next to the front door.|
|Variegated Solomon's Seal, an existing plant in the garden|