I am a Victorian Soul, live in a small townhouse that was built in the mid 1970's, not a huge Mega Mansion, with my Hubby Joe, who is a Retired Letter Carrier. I worked night shift as an RN on a Hospital based Rehabilitation( Physical Medicine) Unit for 37 years before I had Knee Replacement Surgery and officially Retired in 2019 after 41 years working in Direct Patient Care ... I am LOVING Retirement!!!!


George Eliot
George Eliot was actually a pen name for a woman named Mary Anne Evans......


Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Front Porch is Finally Ready for Summer!!


Finally, I felt the threat of frost has passed here in NEPA so I bought and planted my annuals and now the front porch is ready for the Summer season!!
Last year, I decided to go with an orange, red and yellow theme with the decor and flowers for the front porch......
I decided to keep this theme because it transitions easily into the Autumn season......
Our porch is not really protected from the elements as the overhang that covers the porch is at the level of the second floor.......
As many of you know, I live in a row of 10 townhouses and share a porch with my neighbor on the right ..........
Many years ago, we put in railing separating the porches......
I decided to not spend a lot of money on flowers this year since Joe is now retired and I work part time.

I also learned from lessons in the past, not to over plant pots, what type of flowers work well on our mostly shaded porch and not to spend a lot of money on expensive specialty plants that did not grow well........

In this large urn, I planted 2 reddish colored begonias in the center with 2 yellow and 2 orange marigolds surrounding them........
Last year, I planted a spike that Joe swore was glued in the pot with cement when it came time to pull it out and a red geranium that got crowded out by the marigolds.......

So we will see how this arrangement of flowers does this year......
Planted in the small pot are 2 begonias........
Faux plants were used to fill this lantern, turning it into a vase......
You can see that I carried the red, orange and yellow theme over into the accessories on the front porch.....
The front door........
I spruced up the wreath for the front door.......
I added more flowers and changed the ribbon......
We bought this resin wicker set several years ago in Lowe's.......
You can see that I got my color theme from the cushions on the chairs......
The rugs were bought 3 years ago at Big Lot's......
The set of 3 orange lanterns was bought at Sam's Club a few yeas ago......
And again, I used the one on top of this table as a vase......
In the corner.......
I planted a single Dusty Miller in these small pots from Dollar Tree because last year, the dusty millers grew to the size of shrubs!!
Even my solar light fairy carries on the color theme.......
And a single orange marigold is planted in this pot.......
Looking at the pots in front of the railing from the porch......
In each of these pots, I planted 2 dusty millers, a red begonia in the center and 2 marigolds........
Now the porch is ready for us to enjoy in the afternoons when there is shade on the porch.......
Unfortunately, the front porch gets full sun in the evening but we also get to watch some amazing sunsets from here!!
I bought all the annuals at Lowe's which were just your basic 6 pack of annuals for $2.28.......

I will continue to share the front porch through out the season showing how the flowers are growing and how it looks when decorated for the Patriotic Holidays!!
So I hope you will come back to visit again!!
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  1. Debbie, your porch is gorgeous as always! I can't wait to see as the plants mature.

    1. Heidi,
      Thanks so much for stopping by!! I could not get in touch with you any other way so I am returning your comment here!!

  2. Debbie, your porch looks lovely. Perfect for those summer days. Thanks so much for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It.

  3. Love the colors and you didn't mention it but I loved the frogs on the bench that is just the cutest ever :) I do the same thing, by small plants and in no time they grow quite big, makes for decorating with them so much cheaper, than buying already full pots. Looks like a great porch to enjoy the sunsets!

  4. You are way ahead of me! I know you will enjoy your porch this summer. The pots will be spilling over with color soon, and you will be out there relaxing with a cold drink in hand. '-)

  5. Your porch looks very festive with those lovely colors. Thanks for all of your sweets comments
    Hugs Alessandra

  6. Your porch looks bright and cheerful . . . welcoming to friends and family. The touches of red really pop.

  7. Oh how pretty. Good idea to make your color theme transition. I love your porch.
    I still have 2 begonias from last year. My sweet potato vine from last year came back.
    I was surprised. I like it because it is showy. I want to get some Dusty Miller. Thanks
    for reminding me.
    Enjoy your week!

  8. Your porch is so pretty! The red lanterns really caught my eye since you mentioned that they came from Sam's. We recently joined Sam's and have found they have really pretty things.....hope I can find some great stuff like you did....hugs...

  9. You have planted some of my favorite annuals, marigolds. I love the bold vibrant colors and couldn't have a summer without them! I completely agree about how big they grow throughout the season so it's better not to crowd the pot and just save that money! I'm planting flowers this week. Our front porch get full afternoon sun also but we enjoy coffee out there on weekend mornings. I look forward to watching your flowers grow throughout the summer.

  10. Yes, I guess it is time to take down all the bunnies and get out the sunflowers and old glory. Where does the time go? Your porch has so many fun things to look at. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I am doing the same thing and planting things that will grow well like your marigolds. I did plant plenty of zinnia seeds. The little 6 pak cells of flowers are getting higher in price every year. I like how you have colorful pots as it make things pop.

  12. Debbie, Your porch looks so lovely. It is always so nice when you can get out and start planting and decorating and putting the winter behind.
    Stopping by from Coastal Charm party.

  13. Debbie your summer porch looks fab my dear!

  14. Debbie, Your porch looks fresh and ready for summer!! I would love to sit on your porch and watch the world go by on a lazy summer evening . . . do we ever get those as bloggers?? Thanks so much for sharing with us at Brag About It! Have a great Holiday weekend with your family and take care of you and Joe!

  15. It really looks nice Debbie! The pots will be so pretty when they fill in. I had planted a few of my pots when we got a freeze. I covered them, but still lost a few plants. Two of them were big beautiful Begonias. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  16. You did a great job decorating you porch Debbie. I love the red lanterns and your wreath on the door.
    Thanks for sharing at C&C with J&J.
    Julie xo

  17. Debbie the front porch looks great. Now you are all ready to sit outside and watch the sunsets.

  18. Your porch looks great! I'm looking forward to seeing those pots fill out.

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!

  19. What a fun place to enjoy summer! Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  20. It looks so nice Debbie. I like your furniture and the cushions!

  21. Your front porch looks great, so inviting!


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