1. At long last, I had time to get around to my gardening for the year this past weekend. Last year, I split my planting between my porch and my deck, but, for reasons completely beyond my comprehension, the condo board of my building has decided that the building’s decks are no longer sufficient and should be replaced in their entirety this summer. The decks come down next month. *insert weeping emoji here*
Not one to be deterred by the condo boards whims, I decided to focus exclusively on my porch this year. I feel like our porch is extremely underutilized, anyway, and while this won’t force my roommates to go out onto it, at least it’s a bit more inviting now than it ever has been while I’ve lived here. Behold, my masterpiece!
Not gonna lie, I’m kinda obsessed with this. While I liked having the bistro set on the deck last year, keeping it in an enclosed porch will protect it a bit more from the elements and makes it easier to use, since the porch is right off our dining room, while getting to the deck requires going through my bedroom.
Our porch gets a LOT less sun than our deck, so I chose my flowers accordingly and planted a couple different varieties of begonias, impatiens, and pentas, since all of them advertised themselves as part-sun friendly. I had impatiens on the porch last year and they did quite well (until they caught blight, that is. Then they started doing very poorly. As in, they all died. Womp 😦 ), so we’ll see how everyone does this year. I dropped $100 on everything, which is as good of incentive as anything to try my hardest to keep everything alive as long as possible. Almost all of the flowers got their own pot, but I planted regular impatiens with New Guinea impatiens in larger pots, which hopefully wasn’t a terrible idea. The New Guinea impatiens are MUCH bigger than regular impatiens, and I’m hoping it’s not too crowded. To be on the safe side, however, if you’d like to see my handiwork, I suggest coming over sometime in the next couple of weeks, before anything has had the chance to die 😛
2. Speaking of flowers, the Chicago Spring 10K had an AWESOME selection of flowers at the DIY Flower Building Station this year. Of course, my deck situation meant that I was stuck getting another begonia, to add to the eleventy zillion (or, you know, six) I had bought on Saturday. But at least it has good company!
3. My hair had gotten too long, so I played haircut roulette at Hair Cuttery on Sunday. I really wanted shoulder-length hair, because I think that length looks best on me, and I swear to you, that’s exactly how my hair looked when the stylist finished. When I got home, though, my hair had shrunk from hitting my shoulders to falling about halfway between my chin and shoulders. Sigh. Realistically, I prefer too-short haircuts to too-long haircuts, because in probably a month or so my hair will be as long as I want it to be, and I won’t need to get another haircut for a long time, which is nice. But just ONCE I would like to walk out of a haircut with the length I actually requested, which seems to be an impossible demand.
Have you planted any flowers or done other outdoor decorating this year?
Am I just ridiculously unlucky with haircuts, or does everyone else have the same problems I have with not getting what you asked for?