Kalissa had to work the overnight shift at the local ER where she works so Saturday morning Craig called and said, “The weather is super cool. I’m trying to keep the boys from waking up Kalissa. How about I come over and tackle a project or two?”
Oh my..there is no way to say no to an offer like that…so I quickly started getting things together so we could get something done. If I’m going to get help, I’m going to scramble!
I had two hanging baskets on a shepherd’s hook. Well the hooks I had either weren’t very strong or shepherd’s hooks weren’t meant for hanging baskets. Either way, it wasn’t working. Craig had suggested putting in a permanent pole. Well I liked that idea so when Kalissa and went to Home Depot on the 4th of July, we got the supplies.
I tried to buy everything I could to make it as easy as possible. We started out with a big pole support. You can see here that Craig pounded it into the ground.
We had previously had a plant here but it’s the spot where the drain from our eave comes out so the plant would get too wet and die. That’s one of the reasons we opted on the polt.
After the pole support was in, next went the 4 x 4 post.
After that on went the post jacket…. It’s awesome. I don’t have to paint and will never have to paint the pole. The jacket cost $22.98 but it was totally worth it!!
From here we measured and tried to figure out how tall we wanted the pole. We decided on a size. Craig cut off the 4 x 4, then he took off the post jacket and cut it. Then he some glue and glued on the post cap. I opted to spend a little extra and bought a solar light for the top.
Next it was time to put the plant hangers on and hang the plants. The whole job just took a couple hours…and that was with a couple of the firemen stopping by and wrangling the boys.
I am THRILLED with the end result. It looks fabulous.
Here’s how the front of the house looks….oh I love it!
Putting the pole in was an awesome way to “fix” the spot where a plant wouldn’t grow. We originally had a hydrangea in that spot but it wouldn’t grow. Having the post and hanging baskets there is a great alternative. In fact, I think I like it even better.
I can’t tell you how pleased I am with how the house is looking!! Every day it’s looking better and better. As always…I’d be nowhere without Craig. He’s been awesome to me!!
Craig and I better be careful or we’re going to have to start a step by step blog or video series on “how to’s”. The jobs of the day didn’t stop there. You’ll have to come back and see the other two projects we tackled.