Spring has been rushing into Summer quickly this year. interspersed with those “April Showers” have been 70F to 80F days. In addition to setting up the gardens for planting, we have been getting the deck ready for Summers meals. This has taken several steps over as many weekends.
Before bringing the furniture, etc. from winter storage, we stained-sealed the deck. That is easiest to do when nothing is on it. I also stained-sealed the walls of the cabin which I could reach without a ladder.
The first seasonal element to bring out are the “sails”, which are 11-foot triangles of woven cloth, which I suspended over the arbor. These provide shade on the southern exposure deck, and keep the cabin cooler in July and August. This required squashing dozens of those brown marmorated stink bugs (they just smell earthy to me by now), which had wintered-over on the sails in the garage.
Next came out the deck furniture. They will get a new coat of paint next year. Then came the hanging baskets and potted plants. A friend came out for the weekend to help fill those with annuals from the local greenhouse. Warm evenings await.