NOW THAT THE weather is getting
warmer, I bet you can’t wait to get your
outdoor spaces ready for entertaining.
Besides general garden cleanup and
repotting plants, my task list involves
increasing both my guests’ comfort and
my garden’s style. What’s on your list?
Put away the furniture covers, dust
off the furniture and refresh with new
outdoor pillows and cushions.
Clean the grill and utensils, refill the
propane tank and replace last year’s
Ward off the chill on cold evenings
with outdoor heaters and some cozy
Stock up on sparkling water and wines
that go well with springtime recipes,
such as pinot gris and sauvignon blanc.
Check that your umbrellas stay open
and are in good repair.
Light citronella candles or plant citronella
plants to help keep pesky insects away.
Cool your patio with misters during
hot, dry weather.
Use a bar tray on wheels to make it
easier to bring refreshments out and dirty
dishes back inside.
Fill a charming old-fashioned ice chest or
galvanized bucket or feed trough with ice
to keep drinks cold.—JA
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room in your house, your outdoor room needs
a focus. Spotlight a water feature, fireplace or
particularly sculptural plant. Hang an assort-
ment of lanterns in different sizes from trees
and shrubs in your yard for a sense of depth.
Don’t blind anyone, especially your neighbors. Decorative outdoor lighting doesn’t
need to be bright, especially at eye level. Use
dimmer switches wherever you can. Walk
around to make sure you’re lighting only your
property and not your neighbors’.
Keep the party going. Can the lights stay
on year-round? My answer is almost always
yes—especially on trees. Take care not to wrap
the lights too tightly around the branches. This
could affect the tree’s growth. White lights are
strung on an olive tree in my courtyard, and it
looks simply amazing, all year long. C
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