Yesterday was a big day for the garden! We had our first glimpse of 70 degree weather upon our hilltop, and most of the Daffodils on the Northeast side of the house came into bloom. I met up with Tami who is going to help me whip the garden into shape this Summer. Truth be told, I know a lot about keeping fresh cut flowers looking good but I really have no clue about keeping them alive out in the dirt. I am not over-exaggerating…As a matter of fact, two Summers ago I nurtured a weed that popped out of our raised planters – until it was over six feet tall! It was only when someone who knew better came into the yard that I learned it was a weed, not a flower. Anywhoo…back to our garden meeting: I talked to Tami about the Asiatic Mix of day lilies behind the rock wall. She loved the idea, but told me that there is a Beetle infestation that is ruining all Asiatic blooms in Northwest Connecticut. She said I’d be better off with run of the mill roadside lilies – the decision has been made for me – all orange blooms it is! I also received a partial shipment of outdoor furniture from Room and Board yesterday afternoon. Two Cruz Chairs arrived – the Cruz Sofa comes next week. (The one that was slated for our yard arrived to the shipping facility damaged.) I must admit, the customer service from Room and Board has been completely amazing. They have been nothing but helpful and understanding in each phone conversation. They’ve been very on top of scheduling. Not only did they give me a reminder call, but they also gave me a two hour delivery window that they actually stuck to. On top of it all they gave me a heads-up phone call about fifteen minutes before arrival. Overall I have been very impressed!Now that I see the beginnings of a comfy spot to sit, I find that I am thinking about those outdoor curtains that the ex-lady of the house had staged the arbor with – HELP!! I might not be able to stop myself! All kidding aside, as much as I don’t want to be a slave to our outdoor “room,” I am definitely going to order a few outdoor scatter pillows from West Elm for the chairs and sofa. The Desert Sun and Lemon Curry Sundial Pillows are a great addition to our yard. Both are a more intense version of the colors we have our house and outbuilding painted. And speaking of West Elm, did I tell you about this green (as in Eco, not the color) Jardine Double Lounger that I ordered for the pea stone patio? It’s good looking, right?The space-age side tables came from West Elm too. They were on clearance. I practically got two for the price of one. YAY! I was going to order one more for under the arbor between the two chairs –I moved one from the patio to the arbor for the photos- but they seem to have sold out! There is something to be said for acting upon something right when you see it. Lesson Learned.At this point I am realizing that I don’t have anything that resembles a cocktail table for between the chairs and sofa – or side tables for that matter! Lots of places to sit + nowhere to place your drink = a problem. That being said, perhaps I should consider moving both white tables down under the arbor? I’ll have to figure out something else for next to the double lounger, but at least the arbor area will be complete.