Shelter from the swelter

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We’ve been doing our best to embrace the onslaught of summer, but we have our breaking point. It’s rendered the yard virtually unusable during the daytime, and that’s the best time for mom to try to take her mind away from the daily pain she lives in (even after the last round of surgery). She has dreamed of having a pergola one day but we need something NOW. We all agreed that a sail shade would be perfect for this space. I found some on Overstock.com for a really great price and we ordered one with a square shape. We only have two fixed anchor points to work with and I really didn’t want to have permanent poles installed in the ground, so we brainstormed an idea to sink the poles in tubes seated in pots. I originally wanted to go with large ceramic pots but that seemed a little cost prohibitive with buying two pots at the time, and we have plans (and need to budget) for using large ceramic pots elsewhere in the garden. So, we went with these resin pots from Lowes.

1. Cement is mixed and the pvc pipe is set into place.
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2. After the cement was set we added sand and tamped it down and added the dirt and plants .
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tubeFinished

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The next day we slid the poles into place and after a few days we ended up driving some re-bar down the tube and into the ground to provide a little more stability. Michael hung one of the hanging pots through the post end caps and we thought it not only looked nice but added a little more ballast. He’s a smart cookie.

Oh, and the patio is still in temporary mode. We’re trying to finalize in which direction we want the pavers to go (we’re possibly thinking in a diamond shape like this photo, but so much less formal.) and it’s been too blasted hot & humid to attempt anything.

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I’m also keeping my eyes open for some chaise lounges on Craigslist and such. These are functional but don’t really add any visual impact to the space. 😉 I’ll post photos as we make updates to the space.

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