Thursday, May 1, 2014

Our Spring Front Porch.

This past Winter was the devil exhausting. Like a house guest that stays too long or a pimple that lingers before a first date, winter lasted F O R E V E R.... AND THEN, right when I thought we were in the clear and Spring was finally here. BOOM - there I was scraping ice off my windshield yet again. But finally, finally, FINALLY I believe it is safe to say our good friend Spring is here to stay.

Can I get a hallelujah?!

 H A L L E L U J A H

My spring "to do" list was a mile long. Locate white pants, de-ghostify skin, schedule pedicure, etc...But numero uno on the list - updating our front porch planters.

Last October we added some applewood to our planters for our Fall porch.

The same planter setup hung around through Christmas and on into the winter. The sticks really added charm for the holidays and I figured they were the safest bet for the cold, cold winter. Even I can't kill a stick. As happy as I was with the sticks, I was more than ready for a change of scenery. So, this past weekend we headed to Home Depot to peruse their flower offerings. I was ready for some color, texture and happy, which pretty much summed up 99% of the plants we came across. We narrowed down our selection and headed home with our loot.

We decided on some beautiful Asiatic Lilies and Dusty Millers.

To get the planting started we drug out our planting essentials - potting soil, my Digz gardening gloves, a pitcher of water and some miracle grow potion.

I started by adding a decently thick layer of potting soil to the bottom of each planter. I wanted to give the lilies some height. Next, I added the Lilies in the center and started placing the Dusty Millers around the Lilies on all four sides.

I added a little more potting soil to smooth things out, Brent poured on the miracle grow...

 and wham bam....SPRING in 5 minutes.

I really love the color and texture combination of the lilies and dusty millers in the slate gray planters - so elegant and fresh! I feel like I should wear pearls and a cardigan when watering my new plants. 

I'm surprised how much I like the light pink lilies in front of the bright red front door. To be honest I didn't even consider the front door when we made our choice, but I'm actually digging the combo. 

I'm in love - our new planters have given our front porch the sweetest, softest, happiest smile! With this item checked off our "to-do" list  our front porch is in tip top shape for Spring!

All photos are my own. 

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