Thank you for joining my friends and I for a summer blog hop, I excited to share my simple summer front porch using favorite flowers and chippy painted pots filled with love.
The weather is starting to warm up a couple of days a week here in Chicagoland.
Summer is right around the corner, I can’t WAIT to get all my flowers planted.
Right no, it’s time to get the front porch ready to welcome visitors.
I started by sweeping up any straggler leaves that the wind has deposited on my front porch and getting things cleaned up.
Then I tried to remove my last remaining piece of Holiday decor, my lighted pine cone wreath.
Please don’t come at me for this one.
The wreath is hung between two windows next to my front door, and it isn’t plugged in!
Unfortunately, I did not see the gift that mother nature had left for me nestled in the faux branches of my wreath.
As I gently removed the wreath I heard something fall
I could feel my heart break a little
Because a tiny little egg fell out and cracked on the concrete
Oh, I am so sorry momma bird
Then I saw the sweetest little nest with the tiniest little finch eggs
They are less than an inch long
and oh so precious
except for all the bird poop
Most nesting birds are protected in Illinois, so I won’t be able to remove the wreath until the fledglings leave the nest and venture out on their own.
So I carefully rehung the wreath
Don’t worry, I will keep my ears open for chirping babies once they emerge in a week or so and try to get some cute pictures
and clean up the bird poop once they vacate the wreath
and continued prepping for my simple summer porch
Step 1 – Start with a clean slate
So my concrete front stoop is kinda stained and boring
I live in a rental house, so I can’t make any permanent improvements
But I can make cosmetic ones
Step 2 – Add a rug
Let me ask a your opinion
because sometimes I fuss too much over the placement of the rugs.
My front door only has a side light window on the right side, so I always wonder how to center the rugs.
Do I center based on the the door or the threshold that includes the sidelight window?
Step 3 – Layer the rug
Since the look is a simple summer porch, I started with green and white woven rug that reminded me of a trellis.
Then layered it with a sisal Welcome rug that was bursting with blooms.
It even has one of my favorite flower on it, the blue hydrangeas.
Step 3 – Add planters with beautiful flowers
The next step to creating a simple summer porch is to add planters with colorful flowers.
For my front porch I chose some of my favorite flowers.
With Mother’s Day coming up this week, my planters were inspired by the mother figure in my life that showed me the true meaning of unconditional love – my grandmother.
You see, the woman that gave birth to me left when I was less than a year old.
She didn’t just leave me, she left my father and my older half brother (same BM, different BF)
When my dad became a single father of 2, he moved back home with his parents.
So my beloved grandma holds a very dear place in my heart.
When I plan my summer pots, I like to make sure I pick flowers that remind me of her.
My first pair of urns are filled with a mixture of mushroom compost and organic potting soil.
My grandma taught me so much and her love for gardening was just one of those wonderful things.
The first blooms I choose are for my planters were these beautiful deep pink carnations from Proven Winners – they were my grandma’s FAVORITE flowers.
Urn Planting Tips
TIP 1 – gently break up the root ball
Before you plant your flowers in the urns, make sure to gently loosen the root ball
This will encourage new growth
TIP 2 – Don’t overfill your planter
Don’t fill the dirt all the way to the top of your planter
This allows the water to collect and makes it easier for the soil to absorb it
Can you see how the dirt level is a couple inches beneath the edge of the planter?
If the planter was overfilled with dirt, the water would run right off
and probably wash away some of your dirt in the process
TIP 3 – Dead head the flowers
Dead heading refers to removing any dried/ dead blooms from the plants
This encourages the plant to put energy in to making more blooms
I really fell in love with this color carnation
They are such a nostalgic flower, and the punch of color is a real show stopper!
I know grandma would love them
I have another pair of chippy green pots that were a bit larger.
For those planters, I chose a variety of flowers
This beautiful bright white candy tuft reminded me of a cozy cottage with butterflies fluttering around
Candytuft is a great pollinator flower
My next choice were these sweet butter yellow petunia’s
I picked out butter yellow ones because when my daughter was little her favorite color was LELLO
And petunias because as my grandma was getting older
and arthritis was setting in
she wasn’t as able to have a full garden of flowers
but on her front porch sat an urn or two
that was overflowing with petunia’s
and when I would visit, she would proudly show off the bight colors and tell me
“I planted these JUST for you!”
and my heart would fill with joy and love
Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her
I miss her so
Mother’s Day is this weekend and my flowers are constant reminders of her unconditional love
I finished off my second planters with a little asparagus fern for height
and those sweet butter lellow petunias
Well, they will be spilling over the sides of the planter in no time
and every time I walk by them, I will say
“Grandma, I planted those JUST for you!”
and her love will shine down to help the flowers bloom
Now that grandma’s planters are ready
I flanked my front porch with one of each
and tucked in the cutest little concrete bird to watch over them
and the centered layered woven rug and welcome mat
at least I hope they are centered properly
and on the opposite side of my little porch, I tucked a sweet little pot of angel vine on a vintage chair
if you look closely, you will see my vintage angel guarding the door
I picked her up at a roadside antique store just on a trip my daughter and I took to the Mammoth Caves in Tennessee
THAT road trip was quite an adventure
but that is a story for another day
I know I don’t have the fanciest house
But I do my best to make it loverly
It is surrounded with love and flowers, and my home is filled with love
and a couple cute little kitties
Which is one of the keys to life, isn’t it?
Love and flowers certainly make everything better
If you love to garden as much as I do, you won’t believe how I ended up with a bunch of rosebushes from cutting of flowers I received for Valentine’s Day
You can find my favorite pollinator perennials over here – especially butterflies!
Thank you for letting me share my Simple Summer Front Porch with you.
I hope you will take the time to visit all the amazing Summer Porch Decor inspiration that my friends are sharing for our Summer Blog Hop
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My Simpatico Life ~ Inspiring Patio Makeover
Bluesky at Home ~ How to Style Your Front Porch: Getting Ready for Summer
This Dear Casa ~ 6 Tips to Prep Outdoor Spaces for Summer
Sonya Burgess ~ How to Style a Small Porch for Summer
Pure Happy Home ~ Summer Porch