Garden Furniture Renewed

New Adirondack Chairs

New Adirondack Chairs

After years of making do with decaying benches bought from big box stores, we decided it was time to move on to some improved ways of encouraging relaxation among the flowers — something that still doesn’t happen often enough.  This notion was inspired by our visit to Chanticleer in June.  They have a lot of benches and chairs in the gardens and they are often painted whimsical colors which brings of smiles of delight.  When you pause and view the vista you get a different picture than when you are just walking through the grounds.Adirondack chairs at Chanticleer

We found our chairs at Lands’ End.  They are made in the U.S. of North American Maple and come fully painted and ready to go after a short assembly (all the fittings pre-drilled and it only takes about 15 minutes per chair).  They are just as comfortable as they look and were marked down from from $159 to $110.50 each.  Shipping was just $18.95 total for both chairs.  They have been used to watch the fireflies in the evenings or to look at approaching thunderstorms with a glass of wine at hand.

Also out on the bank above the pasture we have put a new three-person wooden bench.

Hardwood bench

Hardwood bench

This one is made in Viet Nam from Kapur (a teak-like tropical hardwood) and is available through Amazon.  Assembly was a little more complicated but it’s quite well made with the same kind of metal inserts and bolt combination that was pioneered by scandanavian furniture makers.  And the old weather-worn bench has been moved to the fairy circle in the woods.

Our picnic table had basically fallen apart this past year so we also replaced that item with an unfinished kit from Home Depot that was made of untreated southern pine.  We then spent a morning staining that table with the following result.

New Picnic Table

New Picnic Table

Also in the back yard now is a tiny new bench for our one and only granddaughter.  Besides some possible use while she is visiting, it serves to remind us of Aoife everytime we look in the backyard.

Aoife's Bench

Aoife's Bench

Those are jungle animals carved in the back of the bench.  So altogether these have been very satisfying additions to the outdoor ‘rooms’.

Aoife Bench and Picnic Table

Aoife Bench and Picnic Table

On the garden front the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ that I had mentioned previously have come out into full bloom.  They do a good imitation of a jungle plant.

Crocosmia 'Lucifer' in bloom

Crocosmia 'Lucifer' in bloom

Another big contributor on the flower front right now are the gladiolus.  We have a family tradition raising glads.  Years ago my Aunt and Uncle in Canada came within one garden of qualifying an All-American Glad (the All-Americans get tested in trial gardens around the country).  I still remember my Grandmother breaking the old corms off the glads as a wintertime activity.  Probably our favorite right now has to be the bicolor that Beth picked off the rack at Russell’s Garden Center in Wayland, MA a couple of years ago.  The picture on the bag looked impossible flashy but indeed it was pretty accurate (congrats to Jonathan for identifying this one as ‘Princess Margaret Rose’, named in honor of Queen Elizabeth’s sister).

Bi-colored Gladiolus

Princess Margaret Rose Gladiolus

We dig them every year for the winter even though glads are sometimes hardy in our area.  And they have multiplied since we first got them. They make spectacular arrangements when brought indoors.

Bicolor Glad arrangement

Princess Margaret Rose Glad arrangement

Of course glads are almost a natural for flower arranging on the inside.  All those ruffles and widely varying colors.  Another color that has a lot of impact is the green one (I think it’s ‘Green Star’ from Brent & Becky’s).  But it’s pretty hard to go wrong with glads…

Green and Yellow Glads

Green and Yellow Glads

2 comments on “Garden Furniture Renewed

    1. jw

      Well, you may be right. Certainly none of the others that I came up with matched this combination of the orange on the outside and the yellow on the inside, but when I googled for this glad under ‘Princess Margaret Rose gladiolus’ none of the images came up with the strong canary yellow color that we have. They were all more of an amber shade. Could be just the coloring on the photos. I guess we just have to buy some of that variety and experiment or go back to Russell’s and look for another package. 🙂