The wasps have been evicted, although a few have returned and have even attempted to rebuilt a nest. Dan destroyed their efforts and killed them with wasp repellent. We looked up natural deterrents to try to figure out how to get them to stay away. One site was selling fake wasp nests. It told us that wasps are territorial and will not built a nest in close proximity to another nest. However, last week I saw a video that one of Dan's friends posted on facebook. It was a house in England that had an attic filled with nests (huge, very scary nests) and one of the nests was an old nest in which new wasps had decided to build a home. So, we don't trust this fake hive idea. We also read that they don't like peppermint or dish soap. We went to soap route, diluted it with water and sprayed the mixture all over the patio railing. Worst case, it doesn't work. Hopefully the wasps will take the hint and rebuild elsewhere. With the wasp situation under control, Dan was able to finish his flower box project. They beautiful and every time I look out at the patio, I can't help but smile. It was really completely Dan's project, he did it all while I was at work. All I had to do was go to Lowes and help him pick out the pretty flowers. Dan took all of these pictures as he was putting it together on Saturday.
Here are all of the supplies gathered. The flowers are sitting in the planters, but not yet planted.
Since the planter boxes would not sit on the railing properly, Dan had to improvise. He bought a piece of wood and got to work with his saw. He knows how to use his tools!
He had to cut each piece of wood and nail it in the spot for stability. Truthfully, I have not taken a good closeup look to see exactly how they are situated, but Dan knows his stuff. The only hitch will be if we have done something against condo code without realizing it. I really hope that they don't ask us to remove them.
Here is the finished result.
A few closeups of some of the flowers. We carefully read all of the info on the flowers and all stated being able to take full sun. Hopefully they can also take the heat of the patio. If they die, we may need to switch to a cactus garden. We considered it while at Lowes, but the flowers were just so pretty. I also want to note that Lowes was a much nicer place to visit than Home Depot and they have a superior garden center and patio furniture selection.
This one is my favorite. I love how the bloom is multi colored. the colors remind me of popsicles.
With the exception of our gardening supplies...
we still have a bare patio. However, we got some great ideas when visiting Lowes and as soon as we have more funds, we will be sprucing it up. Right now, I am just happy to see colorful flowers each time I walk by our patio doors.