Me likes fire. It’s elemental, basic and dangerous–lighting up a candle or a kerosene-laden tiki torch. Mostly the danger comes after I’ve just filled a tiki torch and have all that black greasy stuff on my hands when I go to light, what is essentially, a bomb on a bamboo pole.
Fire takes a couple forms on the summer-time deck/patio. Fire is more mood light than anything else. It doesn’t light paths or work as task lighting. And on a wooden deck with curtains, on the back of a 112-year-old wooden house in a tight-fitting neighborhood of wooden houses, we tend not to take too many chances. We can’t have a fire pit (city codes) although we can have a fire pit with a grill over it with hot dogs (cooking over fire is legal). A city fireman told me this. I don’t write the laws, I just abide by ’em.
This candle holder isn’t lit in this photo, but it’s a way cool, multi-tiered, and wraps around the umbrella of the umbrella table (I envision the wooden umbrella pole going up in flames). It was a father’s day gift the same year as the sand-cast candles that melted all over the tablecloth while sitting in the sun.
First is candles. I have, on each of the uprights to my arbor/trellis thingys, a votive candle holder. My disclaimer here? They aren’t real candles. They are rechargeable electric candles. I’m not stupid. Lighting candles outdoors and expecting them to stay lit is unreasonable and unproductive. For any candle holder not on a table or anywhere near where people can see them easily, I use the rechargeable candles. I do think they’re tacky on tables and near where people can see them. For that, I prefer real flame. There’s nothing better. But for the illusion of flame, without the frustration? I love the rechargeables.
What’s better than starlight? Also using candles are the Moravian lights over the hot tub. The spa is a significant part of the evening deck and the stars add little light–but lots of mood. And we can’t have anything electric over the hot tub. Another city ordinance. This one makes sense.
I use the tiki torches, sometime by the deck to ward of bugs, but usually they’re across the way, on the patio, in front of the mirrors (photo at top), which looks cool.
Another fire feature I have, not in the garden, but indoors, is the “candelier.” It’s the light of my life. I’ve seen these in plenty of magazines over the years and have always wanted one. Another item added to the Christmas list (with links, product numbers & shipping instructions) a couple years back, found discounted and discontinued (thanks Mom).
It’s above the dining room table, and, when lit, is all the light we need for dinner. We’ve gone as far as buying a candle mold and making candles, to keep up with our insatiable candle habit. this Throws off an appetizing glow for dinner parties. I have deemed only white, unscented, pillar candles are allowed for aesthetic (and asthmatic) reasons. No rechargeable electrics here. Since it’s my desire to own this, I am charged with keeping the glass base dust-free. I try. I installed it, so the other rule is there can be no swinging from it. I fully expect it to come crashing down during some dinner party as it is.
Any other lights incorporating fire I should be thinking of? Flame throwing dragons statues are out of the question.