October 23, 2014

Outdoor Space Spruce

Happy Day 41
We decided we needed to give a little attention this summer to our backyard, which consists of a wooden deck and a brick patio surrounded by a privacy fence. The deck wood was starting to get really dried out and we hated the color of the fence as it didn't really seem to match anything else about the exterior of our house. First step was power washing away all the moss from all the surfaces. Pretty satisfying to watch them magically change color as they were hit with the spray, but it was also extremely time consuming and a little back breaking. In fact, the power washing took many more hours than anything else we did. After it was clean, we brushed a coat of water sealer onto the deck. I kind of wish we'd used a brightener on the wood before the sealer to even out the color and get rid of some stains, but oh well, live and learn, it still looks much better! We had the whole project priced out and it was over $1000 to have it done, so the whole time we were working on it, we kept patting ourselves on the back for being frugal DIYers.

October 15, 2014


Happy Day 40
Downtown for some reason and got stuck at the light. Just appreciating this landmark.

October 9, 2014

Glow in the Dusk

Happy Day 39
It was one of the first really warm nights of the summer and I was out walking the dog and these daisies really popped out at me. White is the best choice for evening garden attire. :)

October 8, 2014

Brunch Beauties

Happy Day 38
Sweet little table arrangement at our go-to brunch spot Fiddlehead. Love that they always have fresh flowers out.

October 6, 2014

Evening Stroll

(Happy Day 37)
pre-dinner, on Alki, way back when (June-ish). Just going to keep making my way through my very happy summer here. Someday I might catch up. :)

October 3, 2014

Pretty in Pink

Happy Day 36
Some beauties from either the farmers market or the grocery, I don't remember which. 

October 1, 2014


Happy Day 35
When we got home from our visit, I was really excited to see that the dahlias I planted had come up. I got a good little bunch of tubers as a thank you for donating to Sunny Meadows Flower Farm's greenhouse campaign. (Sunny Meadows is located in Columbus, OH, we toured the farm two summers ago when I was dabbling in the flower farming thing.) After one of their greenhouses was collapsed by too much snow this spring, they crowd-sourced some funds to purchase and put up a new one. 
Unfortunately this year's planting didn't measure up to the  big, bloom-laden ones I grew back in Ohio. Ironic, considering this is the Pacific Northwest where growing flowers supposedly couldn't be easier. But it was really due to my own negligence by way of not preparing the soil well enough before and not watering enough after this photo was taken. One variety, Barbarossa came through with some lovely flame-y orange blooms despite my gardening failings. Photographic evidence will eventually be provided.