Jazz up Your City Outdoor Space.

Not doing a Friday Finds post today folks!  I'm just too excited to wait to show off the present I gave myself for finishing all of that painting:

We all know that I'm a country girl stuck living in a city. Well, I should edit that and say, I do like city life, but the country is where I grew up and that's where I'll one day return.

In the meantime, I've been feeling a bit desperate to plant and create an outdoor space lately. We've got two beautiful outdoor decks on our property, one being on the roof and the other being on the level below.  They've been largely empty since we moved in and I want to do something about that!  I've decided that this is the year it's finally going to happen.

As a reward for myself for finishing all of that painting last week, I built myself an outdoor sanctuary, my own little secret garden, if you will.

We bought a nice wrought iron table set so I can sit out here in the mornings blogging and enjoying the little plants (and birds).  We also bought a bunch of clay pots in various sizes and I painted them pretty cutely, I think:)

In the midst of painting, I hit up the farmer's market last weekend to get our food for the week.  But I just couldn't help myself and went ahead and got a bit crazy!  I bought 6 herbs: English Thyme, cilantro, catnip (of course), rosemary, basil, and parsley.

I also snagged a beautiful jalepeno plant.

Picked up a few different flowers- Phlox, which I'll probably need to replant into a bigger pot eventually, and yellow dahlias that seem to be a bit cranky right now.  There are new buds forming though, so that's great news!

And then there's my poor cherry tomato plant.  See all that dirt covering the stem?  After planting it, I was moving it and it slipped and smashed!  The poor guy was covered in soil and clay shards.  So far he doesn't seem to be damaged- quite a trooper.

I love this guy- my coleus plant.  So bright and happy.  I really hope I don't kill off any of these!  I have no clue what I'm doing.  I've been researching a bit about care for the ones I have, but so far have no fertilizer system.

And just because there was a bit of a question last week amongst Blogging Business Artisans when I'd mentioned that I have a shed on the roof:

I really do!  This is the rooftop deck.  We've not done anything with it either, just this nice little storage helper.  Perhaps we'll get to it another time:)


BeadedTail said...

You really do have a shed on your roof! Your plants look so pretty in their colorful pots! What a lovely place to get away from it all!

Kaili Williams said...

I love how you've set up your little garden area! The colors are so cute. Must be neat to have a roof shed :D

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

Aww, I like the multi-colored pots you chose. Those are a nice pop of brightness.

We don't have any outdoor space of our own in the condo, which is both frustrating and tragic, because Hubs can't grill and I can't grow any damn vegetables.

Rose said...

I love your deck space! I hope that your flowers and herbs do well this year. We have a table in our backyard. I'm determined to get out there more this year and work outside.

Splendid Little Stars said...

looking good, Nancy!
Thanks for showing us your shed!
I like your painted pots!
I broke the stem of a tomato plant. It was hanging only but the outside stem fibers. So I planted it very deep into the pot, covering that part of the stem and a bit above. That was a few days ago and it seems to be doing well.

some tips:
If you pinch off the tiny leaves that form at the end of the coleus stem, you will cause the plant to branch out. You can also put coleus stems in water and they will root.
Pinch the basil back, too, and it will branch out. If you don't let it flower, you will get more leaves.
I left my parsley in a pot on my deck over Winter. It self seeded. The same with cilantro except that it was in my garden.
Thyme is a perennial so it should over-winter. catnip, too. Thyme and catnip are both mint family plants.
I've taken my hot pepper plant indoors over Winter and put it in my basement where I basically ignored it. I may have watered it a few times. It looked pretty rough at the end, but it survived. Now it's out on my deck and very happy.
I bring coleus inside for the Winter as well.
You may already know this stuff, but since you said you were researching, I thought I'd let you know these things. Your climate is just a bit colder than mine.
I also grow lettuce in pots on my deck. I plant thickly and harvest just the outer bigger leaves.

I know you will enjoy this lovely space you are creating for yourself!

pasqueflower said...

What a lovely container garden!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

So nice! How wonderful those herbs will be for cooking.

Duni said...

Oh, I just love your little secret garden :)

Sonya Kanelstrand said...

Well, I am a city girl stuck living in the country and I love it! When I grow old I will do my best to live in the country! Cities are built to distance us from our souls. Well, maybe that was not the original purpose but that's what they do... Loving your sanctuary!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

What great spaces to hangout and grow your plants!

Erika said...

We don't have many flat roofs here so I wondered what you were talking about! Every thing looks great and I like the colors of the pots--very pretty.

I used to have coleus at my first house. They don't like it here:(

Additionsstyle said...

Your deck space looks fantastic. I love all you colorful pots and being able to sit outside and enjoy the day is wonderful. Lucky you to have a rooftop shed.
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Miss Val's Creations said...

The outdoor space looks cozy. The coleus plant is a stunner. So vibrant! Plants take practice but the internet is so helpful. You probably won't need any fertilizer. If you are a coffee drinker, adding the used ground to the pots can be really good for the plants.

Kristin at My Art and the Mom in Me said...

Nancy - you have such an amazing space - until you do get back to the country, you sure do have nice amenities!