The catio still looks great and has no structural damage, despite some carpenter bees spending an uncomfortable amount of time investigating it lately:
But some of the staples had pulled out over the winter:
Leaving a gap which was a little too large for comfort
A few [about 100…] staples later:
And I was satisfied Darwin wouldn’t be able to worm his way out:
I also bought some red, black, and purple petunias 2 weekends ago, which have since grown much bigger, but here they are when I first potted them:
And a red Mandevilla vine which will hopefully wrap around the fence and take over like the one I had a few years ago did:
Notice how nasty and green our fence WAS. I say was because I spent a grueling 2 hours today cleaning it. The part in the yard you can see, and also the entire front which borders our driveway, but that’s a post for another day.