Spring Puttering on the Porch



Happy Thursday friends.  Today I'm sharing a look at our front porch as part of the 
Spring Festival Blog Hop organized by Kendra at Joy in Our Home.  Are you a new visitor from  DIY Beautify? I'd love for you to stay awhile. 

The funny thing about this is I asked to be in the porch category and then realized maybe I shouldn't have done that. This isn't a showy porch. This is more of a welcome to our house - come in out of the heat or rain kind of porch.

The front door is painted with Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black.


Some porches are huge and furnished with chairs and tables. I love those porches!

Ours is a long narrow porch, but as the house was being built and I realized there was actually room for my glider and beloved pot plants, well I was over the moon then and I still am now! You won't find furniture and lamps on our porch and you might need to tiptoe over a pile of potting soil or walk through water sometimes to get to the glider. But we love it!

To make the glider a little cushier I brought out this gorgeous pillow made for us by Sonya Hamilton. Do you remember when this pillow was in my office at the last house?  At our Forever Home,  it has found a new spot and it looks fantastic with all the pink flowers we are incorporating in containers this year. I'm looking forward to some warm afternoons on the porch reading this beach-worthy new book by Kristy Woodson Harvey. I read and adored her previous books! A review and give away is coming soon for The Secret to Southern Charm. 


Lies and Other Acts of Love    Slightly South of Simple


Pretty pink Calliope Geraniums caught my eye last week when I was shopping for spring flowers. Aren't they fun? They just seem like happy little flowers to me.

Our front porch gets morning sun only which is truly a blessing here in Texas. My pots all got a fresh coat of paint last weekend to make them appear fresh and new. They are actually well used but no one can tell unless I speak about it.  With two visits to the nursery, we came home with Calliope Geraniums, Artemesia, heucheras, bacopa, English ivy, a variety of caladiums, something called nettle, and more Kimberly Queen ferns. I added a few houseplants to the mix that we had on hand also. I'm much better about keeping things alive outdoors.



In the biggest pots at the back of the grouping, you can see the ferns that look a little scraggly right now. Those are Kimberly Queens that are in the process of coming back after winter. Just give them a few weeks to shine! I've talked before about the power of perennials and there's not a spring day that goes by without me continuing to love those faithful returning plants. Our daily walks through the garden make us smile as a new bud turns into a leaf or a woody tree springs forth with flowers. All of our plantings are new since we moved in last June. We are having the time of our lives watching our hard work pay off.




Have you started preparing your porches for spring and summer or are you one of those people still experiencing snow?  If you are still freezing just hold on! Have faith! Spring will come.


Bacopa

Geraniums, nettle, and random houseplant that I can't name.

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If you have a moment, grab a cold drink and visit the other participants in this blog hop. They would love to have your company. Right after me you can visit Christine at Little Brags. She's a front porch superstar! :)


Tablescapes on Monday

 Recipes on Wednesday

Front Porches on Thursday

Mantles on Friday


53 comments

  1. What a breath of fresh air your porch is Stacey! Oh my goodness, I won't be able to think about containers until May, as we can still get frost up until Mother's Day. Enjoy these spring days while you have them....I know you'll be cookin' soon with those hot, Texas summer days.

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  2. The pillow is the perfect pop! I love your porch and you have me so excited for trips to the nursery, unfortunately that is still weeks away for us so I’ll live vicariously though you, lol!

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  3. I like your porch. Love the pretty geraniums and the pillows- very bright and cheerful!

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  4. Your spring porch looks lovely. I have preordered her book and can't wait to read it! We had snow flurries yesterday, so no flowers on my porch yet. We did order some new porch furniture and it is arriving today! Still need to get an outdoor rug.

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  5. THAT DOOR!!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT! We need a new door! I think leaves can blow in through the bottom. wink! The Colorado hot temps, low humidity are brutal on southern facing doors. I want your door Stacey! xo xo, laura

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  6. I love your porch! It says welcome - I'd love to have a glider. The pillow is fantastic and the geraniums will be a perfect accent! So glad to live in Texas where Spring happens now. Love all the blooms popping up.

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  7. OH Stacey swooning over your porch and that you can already be enjoying sitting out there. We are getting snow this weekend so no Spring for us yet. Enjoy your glider and relaxing and have a nice frosty beverage and a good book.
    xoxo
    Kris

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  8. Everything looks so pretty and happy. I sure liked how you shared what you planted too. Just think I get to see this porch everyday I walk by!
    Happy Spring Friend,
    Jemma

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  9. I love your porch. Big impact in a cozy space. Think of it this way....Less to hose down and keep leaf and spider free. :-) Your flowers look wonderful. Hoping our garden centers start getting flowers soon so I can work on mine now. Cuz I am inspired, that black low bowl pot has me drooling for one or ten of those! Where'd ya get it?

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  10. Awe, now you making me want to just clean my front porch! LOL! I so need to do a little makeover on the porch but no time with trying to makeover a few things in the kitchen. Love your sweet flowers. Ooh....I spied that glass of tea. Perfect for porch sitting. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  11. Your porch is going to be such a bright and cheery spot to be in this Spring! I love all the flowers and plants you chose and I'm excited to see everything you've protected over the winter come back to life. I can't even talk about the daffodils - they are gorgeous! We've had the craziest weather in Florida..one minute it's warm and sunny and the next it's chilly and windy. Sending you big hugs, CoCo

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  12. Loving all of the pink! I didn't realize that Kimberly Queen ferns are perennial. I did manage to save my Boston ferns from last year in our playhouse/potting shed, and they are making a comeback too. It's all so very pretty!!

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  13. So many beautiful and colorful flowers! I am a huge fan of perennials and I got inspired to plant some in pots! Thank you for sharing your beautiful porch!

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  14. Stacey, your plants are beautiful and I can’t wait to get started. We had frost this morning, so I have to hold off until I know that it is safe to plant! Your porch is welcoming and I can imagine enjoying a glass of iced tea on a hot summer day!

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  15. You have a lot more porch than I do! Love the glider and those beautiful flowers. It's very inviting and I really love that you just go out there and read!

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  16. Since last spring and summer were so sad for me, I didn't even THINK about the patio Mr. Sweet and I loved so much. We spent so much time out there...together. When he got sick and then passed, most of my flowers either died or was well on their way. THIS summer, I am going to make it all pretty again. Wanting to do this is one thing that lets me know my grief is getting softer with time. I've bought new cushions for our chairs..and looking for someone to recover my cushions in our swing...not sure about what plants as yet but I will get to that next week.
    Your porch looks so cheery and fun...I love it.

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  17. It's all so very pretty and welcoming! I especially love all the live flowers and greenery - it really says "spring has sprung!"

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  18. Hi Stacey, wow I am so tickled to be called a Front Porch Super Star....too funny!!!! Thanks so much for the sweetness !!!!!!! I love your flowers and the glider, and your photos always look so professional! Love being in the Blog Hop together! CHristine from Little Brags

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  19. Your home, and your porch reflects your beautiful heart. ( Maybe one day you could post a full shot of your porch :) I look forward to see your landscape. I know it is going to be over the top!! Enjoy your beautiful state!

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  20. The pink flowers with the brick and black door and glider are just so pretty. Bacopa and Geraniums are two of my favorites to plant!

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  21. I am envious of all of those fresh flowers and the book and glass of iced tea! Looks like the perfect space to relax! So pretty!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  22. Your porch is lovely and welcoming, Stacey! I love using ferns like that, too!
    I'm looking forward to warm days outside...snowing again here this weekend!

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  23. Stacey, your porch is so pretty! I love all your potted plants, and the fact you had enough space for the bench! It's all just lovely!

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  24. So pretty, Laura! I love your porch. A wonderful place to welcome people into your home and keep an eye on the world.
    Amalia
    xo

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  25. Apologies for the misnomer, Stacey, darn my quick fingers.
    Amalia
    xo

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  26. Oh my gosh - your porch has us dreaming of warmer, brighter and cheerful days! So glad that your glider fit - the flowers are beautiful and inviting. Happy Spring! ~Hugs, Vicki and Jenn

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  27. You totally spoke to me with that glass of iced tea. I mean, how can you do spring without iced tea? It's just not possible hehe! I LOVE your porch - I have a black door too, so I'm always looking for ways to get that pop of color since my door isn't colorful. Your flowers and that pillow are perfect!

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  28. Your front porch is so charming!! I love everything!

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  29. So pretty! Makes me wish I had a green thumb hehehe. But I will still try :)

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  30. Your porch is perfect!
    I am going to check out that book:)

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  31. Just gorgeous, Stacey! I am envious of your spring flowers and lack of snow and ice....I'm ready for spring, but so far it's not ready for me!!

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  32. Fabulous! I could just sit out there and dream and read and soak in the sun!

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  33. Your porch is so beautiful. The flowers add so much life and color! Absolutely gorgeous and what a wonderful place to enjoy an afternoon.

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  34. I could certainly use your help with my front porch. It is small, and uninteresting, and I never know what to do with it. It gets afternoon sun, so anything I attempt to grow absolutely bakes in the heat. Additionally, I have a storm door, so there’s not enough room between the door to the house and the storm door to put any type of wreath. Once, when I found a wreath that was thin enough, the heat from the sun melted everything on it, and I ended up with a pile of goop at the bottom of the door. Help!

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  35. Such a beautiful entrance to your home. I love all of the spring flowers you added. It seems like the perfect spot to sit with a glass of sweet tea and enjoy the warmer weather.

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  36. Glad you shared the small front porch. I have a very small one too so it is nice to see an idea for it. Love the pink geraniums. I know y’all are having fun watching everything grow. I am so like that too. I often wander around each day maybe multiple times looking for new growth. I meant to ask the other day. Did you use any special kind of paint for your pots? They do look new!

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  37. I love all the pots of flowers! You did create the perfect spot to sit and read! So pretty!

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  38. I think I would love that book and I know I love Sonia's designs!

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  40. Luckily the snow is gone, but it's still too soon to plant our garden up here in the north east. While that time arrives I can live vicariously through your beautiful porch and garden.

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  41. I don't have a front porch at all, so I really appreciate them. Yours is perfect. Love your geraniums! I agree about morning sun here in Texas. It's the best possible scenario for keeping stuff alive.

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  42. What a welcoming porch! Enjoy these peaceful spring days. xoxo

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  43. I was just catching up on my blog reading and was enjoying your stunning pooching and then... Yay! The Secret to Southern Charm! You are so sweet to give me such a wonderful shoutout. I appreciate it so, so much. And I'm ready for porch weather!! Hoping it Weill be here soon. Thank you again so much! xo Kristy

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  44. Oh, sweet Stacey - yes, I am one of those who is REALLY SICK of snow and cold and coats and winter and waiting for spring!

    Your gorgeous plants on your awesome front porch inspires me to be patient, yes yes it shall come. *Sigh*

    One of my best tea society bestie best friends was supposed to come this past weekend from Indianapolis - one state over, but only a 3 hour straight shot to me going east......and had to cancel due to their bad 5 inches of snow storm they got. *Another sigh.*

    Yes.....right, it will come? This spring which you speak of?

    May I come sit on your porch with you while we wait for it?????????

    Hugs. Happy Easter and spring and all good things. ♥

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  45. Your front porch looks so pretty, and I love your containers! Very nice combination of plants. We won't plant until after April 15th. We're expecting another freeze the second week of April.

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  46. Oooh I love that pillow! It is so colorful! So jealous you can have plants already!

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  47. Stacey your porch looks so beautiful and is full of beautiful color! We have a small narrow front porch too. Love that pillow you put on your glider. Such beautiful colors. I've started filling my pots too. Crossing my fingers that I don't have to haul them all in because of a freeze.
    Have a wonderful Easter!

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  48. Beautiful pictures and very beautiful flowers. Happy Easter.

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  49. Stacey, your front porch is just perfect! It's so fun that you were able to use your glider there. I love those geraniums. Such a pretty color! You are so like me when it comes to strolling the garden each day to bring you delight. :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  50. Stacey! You have 50 comments on your front porch! Hey, I included a shoutout and link to your door for my Saturday Weekending in South Carolina post (it's about doors)! Happy Easter! laura

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  51. Your porch is so pretty and it certainly sets the tone for your beautiful home. Love looking at your gorgeous pots and wreath. Meanwhile, it's snowing like crazy here! Have a great week, Stacey!

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  52. Stacey I really love the collection of pots sitting together and the flower colors are so bright and fresh looking! I always love looking at your plants! I have even saved your pics and used them when shopping for my own flowers, just so I would know what to put together! You should do a post on the flowers and plants that will pot together perfectly for ME lol I need help with that! πŸŒΊπŸŒΉπŸ’ Nancy

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