The sun is shining! Finally! Here are the pics I promised, ending the past week’s series: Takin’ It Outside. In addition to updating our landscaping with sweeping mulch beds and leafy trees, I planted a few perennials from my favorite local nursery. I took my camera loaded with photos of our new landscaping and a very helpful nursery employee recommended perennials to fill up some open areas in the mulch beds. (I’m clueless when it comes to gardening, but I made sure to note which direction each bed faces…south, north, etc….so the nursery employee could suggest the proper plants.)
Under the birch tree I planted a trio of knockout rose bushes.
Just opposite of the roses, on the other side of the birch, is a trio of Little Henry itea (only 2 shown in this pic).
Our happy little sunroom corner with the weeping cherry got a new friend in the way of a hydrangea. (We’re on the hunt for some natural stones to make a rock path between the weeping cherry and hydrangea back to the water spigot.)
As of right now it has blue blooms. However, without altering the soil, they should turn to a lilac pink within a year.
Even the Man Shed looks peppier with some perennials.
3 spirea and 1 lilac bush fill in the once empty bed nicely.
A small bed around our mailbox displays barberry shrubs, salvia and a mini-evergreen.
That brings us full circle to the front porch. I’ve been showing you snippets of the pew’s progress…
Well, after removing the red fabric, cutting down the back, sanding the entire thing, priming and painting…whew!…it has made an appearance on our front porch. (Thank you, Handy Hubby!)
I couldn’t find a rug quite long enough to run the length of the pew, so I purchased 2 runners from Overstock and laid them end-to-end. I’m totally in love with the geometric print – not only because it’s modern – because it hides dirt.
The green garden stool came from Overstock, too. It’s the perfect height for setting a glass of ice water on next to the pew. The bright green adds a pop of color to an otherwise neutral porch.
I’m always seeing flower pots lined up and painted with house numbers like this…
(courtesy of The DIY Show Off)
But that would require me to keep more plants alive, and I’m maxed out on my Mother Nature nurturing at the moment. Instead, I came up with an idea to paint our house number onto 4 separate outdoor pillows. The pillows are from Amazon. I painted a border and number onto each. They aren’t perfect…I’m not much of an artist…but you can see our house number now. They multitask, too. Because we cut down the back of the pew to fit it underneath the windows, the pillows serve as necessary back support. I’d like to get a pair of punchy green pillows for the other end of the pew but they haven’t found me yet.
We are so happy to have a place to sit on our front porch now. And with all the pretty trees and shrubs to stare at, we’re out there more than usual.
Not to mention, it’s a good spot for removing your shoes…
Hangin’ out with your brother…
Driving cars around…
And spying on Handy Hubby in the Wild.
Happy porch sitting!