Made to measure
Outdoor rulers are a creative way to turn a practical utility – a shed or garage wall, plain boundary fence or water tank – into a fun garden feature. When my husband built a flying fox across our gully paddock, it required two huge wooden supporting posts, each 8m high and 300mm in diameter, built into platforms of pine decking. The post at the top, in my garden, proved something of an eyesore, as its size made it the unintended focal point at the end of a serpentine boardwalk lined with hostas and deep red maple trees. Thanks to a lick of paint, it’s now an outdoor ruler, made to measure our children’s growth over the years to come. The ruler is 2m high (here’s hoping my boys don’t grow up to become NBA basketballers) with 20cm markings (if they’re any closer together you can’t decipher the numbers from a distance). I painted the post a deep shade of aubergine (Resene Couture) and added a beige, red and black ruler (Resene Sandal, Poppy and All Black).