I like to keep a pretty and welcoming front porch. I want my visitors to feel welcome as soon as they pull up to the house. I’m lucky to have the room for this little bistro dining set. Seating and a little table says ‘join me for a little sweet tea and cakes.” I added ribbon to the back of the chair cushions to tie them to the chairs. One good storm and they would become my neighbor’s property. If you follow me regularly you know that color makes me happy. It might be too busy for some. I’ve already started a to-do list for next spring, and first up is painting this set a pretty color.
I did paint these old shelves that I’ve had forever. I like the turquoise. That’s one of my cylindrical snake plants. It’s serves as wall art, too, against that blank siding.
The snake plant has small roots causing it to be top heavy. I had to put these rocks on top, so it wouldn’t topple over in every breeze. It’s now stayed in place with two vicious storms.
I plopped a boston fern in my confetti bushel basket that I painted last fall. You can see that here.
I planted a tiny succulent inside a votive candle holder that I already had. Repurpose, right?
These are coleus plants. I started them from seed back in late March. I planted the seeds in seed starter using an egg carton as my planter. After watering them well, I wrapped the egg carton in plastic wrap for about 3 weeks. After that I removed the plastic and started setting them outside during warm afternoons to adjust to the weather. Now I’ve got them planted in soil and they’re doing great.
I filled my wall planter with corkscrew rush, english ivy, and impatiens. The idea in my mind is to have the rush grow up, the ivy grow down, and the impatiens to get bushy. I hope by mid summer it does that.
I even painted the clapper of my chimes turquoise. It was natural wood, but faded and dried out. A sneaky little opportunity to add more color.
And that rounds up my porch’s ‘summer look’ for this year.