I should mention right now, Blog, the cool fact that I am writing this post on the patio! Another thing to keep in mind for Perfect Patio Living is technology (an optional but beneficial Thing). Nature and tech are not opposed, as I am proving right now: without our wireless network and my netbook, Coraline, I'd have to be indoors doing this! Hells to the no, Blog! If you have a network and a laptop, your patio living just got even better. Let's toast that idea with another dish garden!
While we're up on the tabletop, let's talk about Thing 5: furnishings. These days people are going pretty nuts with the outdoor furniture, and I would too if I had the mega-bucks. But really, a quality umbrella table with four chairs is all you need. We've had ours six years and it's still good to go. You can add on more seating as the budget permits. Oh, and one other must, which I hardly need mention: a grill.
You'll see some more whimsy in my artsy shot below: that's Lisa-Bird you see in the background. Of course it's key to name all your Whimsical Sculptures.