The Hydrangea was one of the final flowers to bloom on my route to school. I know this is a’marmite’ flower — you either love it or despise it – but I like it. Colorful blossoms that seem like enormous balls of petals. All packed together on large bushes, creating a massive mass of color that fills the eyes with beauty. I’m not sure I enjoy the aroma all that much – but that’s another story… Anyway, there are other colors and varieties available, though I suppose most of us assume it comes in a pinky/red, blue, or even white/cream. I prefer the delicate purples and the brightest pinks. My father’s favorite color is dismal grey. Huh? Well, it’s not a type you can purchase, and I’m not sure he likes it either, but the story goes that way back then when he was a youngster… My grandmother had a penchant for grey – dismal, monotonous, gloomy grey. My mother had her house painted from bright and happy yellow to grey when my father was a wee little sprat. (As she had done in every previous and subsequent home.) It was a large home surrounded by trees, shrubs, and shrubbery – all of which were left to grow wild without any intervention from man, woman, or secateurs. Halfway through the day, the decorator went to have his lunch and, for some reason, left the paint tin open with the brush. I can sort of see this — who would have thought to start painting random items grey of all things… Well, my dad did! And, of course, the hydrangea blossoms were the focus of his attention. It must have taken him a long time, especially because he couldn’t be seen by his family or the decorator (that was one long lunch break). I’m not sure what will happen. We all start laughing too hard as he narrates the story to find out – not at him, but at my grandmother’s reaction. The lesson of the story is that if you don’t like something as it is, you can always paint it… There appear to be so many hues of any plant available these days. It’s difficult to tell what is a ‘natural’ flower and what has been somewhat manufactured by botanists. It’s not that I’m complaining. Consider how many roses there are. When it comes to engineering… One of my top ten outdoor dining sets is constructed of recyclable plastic and comes in a variety of colors (though I’m not sure grey is an option!). Here’s an excerpt from the review for your enjoyment — it’s a pretty intriguing table design that’s also beneficial for the environment and ecology. *** Polywood 5-Piece Monterey Bay Dining Set Polywood 5-Piece Monterey Bay Dining Set Polywood 5-Piece Monterey Bay Dining Set Polywood 5-Piece Monterey Bay Dining Set Polywood 5-Pi However, if you are more concerned with your environmental impact, having a table set that requires little to no care, and a desire for something unique, practical, and utilitarian, this dining table set is a wonderful fit. Previous evaluations of Dining Sets for Patio, Garden, or Terrace contain all sorts of dining sets made of diverse materials, each with varying levels of weather-proofing and life-long upkeep. But there is one thing they all have in common. They are all made of materials that are not completely environmentally or ecologically friendly. None of which are more dangerous than hardwood sets. If the environmental impact of your dining set is important to you, this unique outdoor dining set checks the ‘green’ box. This Polywood 4-seat outdoor table set may appear to be a common design, but its construction is unique. The table and chairs are made of recyclable plastic that has been molded to seem like hardwood planks. The plastic is colored early in the manufacturing process to ensure that any color is constant throughout the materials. This implies that, in addition to not fading, the color will not chip or scrape off because it is not only a surface treatment. The 48″ circular table is the focal point of this brown Polywood set. The table surface is made of Polywood planks and includes a hole in the center for an umbrella. A central Polywood stand supports the table. The four armchairs are made of the same brown Polywood. The chairs’ look and form are pretty basic, but the construction material is what distinguishes this set. Click here to find out more This table set is completely weather-proof, stain-proof, and fade-proof, and, because it is made of plastic, it is immune to all insect and fungal issues that natural fiber tables face. The device does not fold up for storage, but because it is completely weather-proof, it may be used as an outdoor dining center all year. The kit is delivered in sections that are simple to assemble using conventional metal fittings (supplied). *** I’m headed to check on the kid — he’s been unusually quiet, which typically indicates problems… Flowers, beware, he’s coming! For the time being, bye!