One of my favorite things about our new house is the front porch. I love the look of an old fashioned front porch. While we still have some projects on the horizon – Ryan will soon be working on the railing and I plan to install a nicer mailbox and post. And while I did clean off the porch, I need to do it with soap and water.
But, I did spruce up the area a little last weekend with some new plantings.
It’s quite cheerful, no?
The ferns were a steal of a deal at Home Depot – less than $9/pot. They are really nice and full, so I was thrilled to drag them home. (Okay. Full disclosure: Ryan dragged them home.) We had a few hooks, but Ryan installed a few new ones for my beloved hanging baskets.
And I potted the annuals I found at the Farmer’s Market and a local nursery. Geraniums, while a bit old-fashioned, are some of my favorites. My mom used to plant geraniums when I was a kid – could that be why?
And a pot just isn’t a pot without the yellow/lime sweet potato vines.
And one cannot forget our cheerful front door. Would you believe I found that vintage metal table at a sale for $1.50? Or that white pot on the side of the road in the garbage?
And I’m really enjoying the succulent “W” wreath, made by the lovely Beth at Unskinny Boppy. I won the wreath last May as part of her auction of Alabama tornado relief. When I received it, the outdoor season was pretty much over in my Zone 5 Midwest climate. And I have perpetual trouble keeping succulents alive over the winter, but I tried my darndest. I need to replace a few of the plants, but I still love the look of the wreath on our front door.
What do you think of our porch?