Desperate Landscapes: Patio Edition
If anyone else is as obsessed with the DIY Network as me, then you’ve seen the show Desperate Landscapes. A hunky landscaper comes to rescue homeowners who are embarrassing their neighbours with their lack of curb appeal. In 8 hours, a team of people makeover the outside space of the home, spending thousands of dollars, most of it just on plants. Ummm…I don’t have a team of people, and I definitely don’t have thousands of dollars. But I did have a desperate landscape…..although luckily we have a fence around the patio, so I wasn’t really embarrassing the neighbours. And if you saw some of my neighbours, I doubt my weeds would have offended them lol So, I attacked it on my own and I’m pretty happy with how it’s looking so far.
Up until a few weeks ago, our tiny little patio was a bit of a nightmare. Prepare yourselves…..
Have you gotten over the terrifying sight of it? And seriously….rhubarb? There was 1 plant in the garden bed and another one randomly growing along the fence. Not sure how that happened. Regardless, it all got ripped out!! It was a dirty, sweaty job and there were a lot of very prickly plants buried in that mess. I ended up investing in some really good gardening gloves. Why oh why did I even bother with the dollar store ones?
It’s not 100% finished, I still have a few little decorative things to add to it, but it is sooooo much better! I apologize for the lack of after pictures, but I was holding off taking pictures so that I could do it in the morning when the patio gets sunlight and that’s not going to happen in the next few days since we’re supposed to have rain all weekend. So, being an impatient person, I decided to just go out in the drizzle and get a few pictures now. I’ll definitely add more once I add a few more fun details.
Here is what we’re working with now!
A bit different, huh?
I made the candle holders on the table out of old spaghetti sauce jars. Yes, spaghetti sauce jars. Classico uses Mason jars for their sauce, so I save them so that I can use them for fun things. The Mr. mistakenly put 2 of them in the recycling bin the other day. Luckily I was able to save them before they went out to the curb. How did he not realize that old spaghetti sauce jars are indeed home decor?? haha
And just for fun, here’s a side by side before and after of the main garden bed:
The one thing that’s kind of driving me nuts now is that hideous hydro meter. Sadly, it’s not going anywhere, and I don’t think I can even cover it up at all since the meter people need to get readings off of it every now and then. Oh well…it’s actually not as noticeable in person, it just seems to really stand out in the pictures.
I will add an update of the patio decor (hopefully) soon. It’s still kind of plain, but wouldn’t you agree that it’s so. much. better.??