It’s time to Deck out the Front Porch!
I am a bit behind getting it all done this year. I could blame it on the huge amounts of rain we had earlier in the Spring, but it has hardly rained since. It’s a bit dry up in here. I could use the excuse that I’ve been busy. But when am I ever not busy? Um…never. So, this was the weekend, we needed to deck out the front porch!
First off, I love spring and summer. I love being outside. The warmth, the sun, the flowers. What’s not to love? But it was looking a bit rough around here. And it’s so nice to drive up to the house and have it looking gorgeous and welcoming, isn’t it? Our front porch needed some serious attention.
Here’s a shot of our front porch (after we decked it out). The Trumpet vine is being nicely trained up the left side of the porch and it’s filled out beautifully. I love the way it shelters the porch from the sun. It’ so nice to sit outside and enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning. The sun comes up on this side (facing the East) and it feels great in the cooler morning temperatures.
The Trumpet Vine looks great, but it’s taken time to get it there. We planted it about 7 years ago, and it’s been slow going, but the results are so worth it. And it’s been a learning curve. When the leaves fall off in the Autumn I was cutting the vine to the ground, as the bare branches are not too appealing. The vine would grow each year, but not flower. So I jumped onto Google and did some research. Cutting the vine prohibits flowering as the plant has to focus all it’s attention onto growing the next spring. Oops!
Now we do not cut it back in the fall, and we’ve created a trellis of sorts over the porch with kite string and twine, training the vine where we want it to grow. This year we have a big surprise, there are two bird nests up in the vine, and you can hear the baby birds chirping away. Pretty cool! As long as birds are the only creatures in the vine, I’m cool with that! LOL
It’s a great way to gear up for the day, a cup of coffee, a book and some peace and quiet. Our pond has a waterfall and the sound is soothing to the soul. Usually I watch our “koi” type goldfish flit around the pond, I love to feed them and watch them cruise around the top of the water with their open mouths, gobbling down the food.
But sadly, two years ago, our pond froze completely from top to bottom. It was bitterly cold in this part of the world. The pond is more than 2.5 feet deep and it shouldn’t freeze through. The fish hibernate in the bottom depths coming back to life with the spring thaws. It was a sad spring for us that year as our pond thawed and our poor fishes rose to the top. So sad.
I really miss the fish, we’d had them for more than 5 years, they were pets to us. We are planning to redo the entire pond, lol, Bruce is going to redo the pond, it’s his creation, and a lot of hard work in this Indiana clay. But for now, I enjoy the frogs that love to hang out here and the waterlilies that open up into gorgeous flowers.
I finally got flowers to fill our planters. They have just been planted, so the pots aren’t full yet. But just wait, these babies will look great in a few weeks. I like to plant marigolds and geraniums as they are natural mosquito repellents and I love to add sweet potato vine for it’s trailing tendency. I love the pops of color. Flowers at the front door are so welcoming.
And since I am the owner, operator, creator of the Make Lemonade Shop I thought I’d better update my pillowcases. Ours had been faded from summers past, they needed a face-lift. And it wouldn’t do for the “cushion lady” to have shabby looking bench. It definitely needed me to deck it out.
I chose some fun pillowcases and recovered the bench cushion to match. The cushion was faded and stained. This cover can be removed and laundered, the chartreuse fabric was actually an old tablecloth that I never used. I love it more as a cushion cover!
Now the curb appeal of our home is much nicer. There are a few things left to do, we need to get mulch to refresh the beds along the drive and I’d love a sisal rug to cover the porch. It would look softer and help to clean our shoes before we enter the house. These things will come. But it’s looking so much nicer.
Wouldn’t you like to join me for a cup of coffee in the morning in our little hidden alcove underneath the trumpet vine? Once the flowers begin to bloom the Hummingbirds will be flitting around. I love to hear the buzz of their wings as they dart from one flower to the next.
So, have you decked out your front porch for the season? Or are you, like me, behind a bit?
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