Colors

Now that we have a month-long break before the next set of guests arrive, we started back up with the DIY deck renovations.  The walls have finally been painted and the details attended to.

Before – The puke green retaining wall.

Puke green retaining wall.

After – The walls were painted a light cream color to match the limestone, but we decided to paint the back wall red to add color to the place.

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We needed to keep the landscaping to a minimum due to the fact that we’re both ‘brown thumbs’, but we also didn’t want the entire side to be covered with just river rocks.  So we planted a few Red Yucca AKA Hesperaloe parviflora.

Native to the Southwest desert landscape, it would be hard for us to kill it even if we tried.

Native to the Southwest desert landscape, it would be hard for us to kill it even if we tried.

We probably went a little overboard with the ‘red’ (seemed like a good idea at the time), but it would have been a huge hassle to return the planters.  So we made the best of it, and planted Horsetail Reed AKA Equisetum hyemale in the planters.

Planted Horsetail Reed AKA Equisetum hyemale in the planters.  These grow in water/swamp areas so it's perfect in planters without drainage holes.  All we have to do is submerge it in water.

These invasive plants grow in water/swamp areas which is perfect to grow in planters without drainage holes. All we have to do is submerge it in water.  These 2 will eventually fill out the planter.

J planted dwarf citrus trees against the back wall.

L-R: lime, blood red oranges, pomelo.

L-R: lime, blood red oranges, pomelo.

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