Tuesday, May 29, 2012

~~~Summertime: Front porch and Back Deck!!!~~~

 HI everyone! I hope you all had a fun, long weekend and remembered those who have and are serving our country so that we have our freedom. The weekend isn't just about cooking out and burgers but all about those fallen soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for US! Now, I am linking to "The Great Outdoors Linky Party over at Thistlewood Farms so wanted to show you the front porch and back deck all ready for SUMMER living and dining! We are starting at the front door. I made this wreath, new this year in the spring. I removed the tulips and hyacinths that I had in it and added some imaptiens, because that is what is planted in the pots. This second picture is our front porch.
 The copper pots were a gift from my son several years ago. I love the patina they are acquiring. PLease excuse the empty hook. It now has the hummingbird feeder on it;)

 The black bamboo lanterns on the tables, I purchased last year at Home Goods. It is so nice in the evening to light them and the ones hanging above. It provides a nice welcome for guests or just wonderful ambiance for Joe and I when we sit out there. The pillows on the chairs were purchased at CTS last year. They are SUNBRELLA fabric and were only.....$4.99 each!!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn't get them in my cart fast enough:):)
 It has been sunny and HOT and humid the last 3 days so I couldn't get a real good picture in some of these shots.
 When I went to plant the spikes I had to plant them off center because the spikes from last year were coming back!!!! That has never happened before and it might be due to our very mild winter! I hope they just grow together and fill in.
 I plant salmon (really wanted ORANGE) and red impatiens in these pots so that it still looks pretty in the Fall! The colors go great with the fall decorations.
 In this pot is impatiens and ivy. I love to have something trailing down.
 This is a fushia. I love them and usually don't have great luck with them but had to try once again:):)

 Now we are moving out to the back deck. I got this wonderful bench at Lowe's 2 years ago. It is metal and has the branch motif. It is so pretty, I just love it.
 The green bench cushion came with it and I added some other green pillows and 2 more of the ones that match the front pillows.

 The table and chairs are all set for eating breakfast, lunch and dinner out here. I LOOOOOVE eating outdoors when the weather is nice. In the morning this is shaded and having breakfast out here and listening to the pond waterfall and the birds is the perfect way to start the day.
 In the corner I have a hibiscus tree. It has wintered over in the house for 2 winters now. I had to cut it back but it is now covered in new growth and hopefully will begin to flower again soon. I also have a gardenia and a ponytail palm here. They were all in the house for the winter.
 In the 2 corners near the house I plant palm trees. I wish I was in a tropical place so I pretend!!!! These past few days have FELT like we were in the tropics though!
 On each side of the bench I have tuberous begonias. As you see, I also have several ceramic frogs sitting around. We have real frogs in the pond so it seems appropriate to have the ceramic ones on the deck.
 This is a white lantana. I have never tried one here before but thought it might trail soon too.
 In these shots you can see the pattern on the bench too.
 Across from the bench is this little table and chairs. There is a dahlia in the pot and a pair of frogs. One is telling the other a secret:):) I think he might be saying, "let's go jump in that pond"!!!!!
 Joe built me window boxes on all the decks the first year we lived here, because we had no yard yet! And, I wanted to plant some flowers. Last year he made new ones and we stained them black. They look so pretty against the color of the house and decks.
So that is the tour of the porch and one deck. We also have a deck off the breakfast room where we grill and one off of our master bedroom. I will show you them in another post. Have a great week everyone!!!!! I will also link to these parties:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Motivated Monday at Be Colorful
Making the World Cuter Monday at Making the World Cuter
More the Merrier Monday at DIY Home Sweet Home Project
Savvy Homemade Monday at Home Savvy A to Z
Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tutorials and Tips Tuesday at Home Stories A to Z
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
It's A Party on Thursday at A Creative Princess
Show and Share on Thursday at Southern Lovely
Open House Party Thursday at No Minimalist Here
Share Your Creations on Thursday at Kristen's Creations
Remodelaholic's Anonymous on Friday at Remodelaholic
Addicts (not so) Anonymous on Friday at Addicted 2 Decorating
Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Potpourri Friday at 2805
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Sew Darn Crafty Sunday at http://sewmanyways.blogspot.com/
Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming

Thanks so much for stopping by! XO, Pinky


  1. so lush and beautiful..I wouldnt be able to stay inside if that was mine..

    love your wreath

  2. Hi Pinky! Everything is so pretty! Love your planters and pots and your flowers look so healthy!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  3. Beautiful! Howe is the move going? xo

  4. Pinky, everything looks so pretty! Your plants and flowers are wonderful! The front porch and back deck are both so inviting! Hope you're enjoying it all!

  5. Pinky, your porches are looking just beautiful. I have got to get started on mine or summer will be over with!..Hope you day is going well..Judy

  6. Hi Pinky~ You have such a wonderful spacious porch and deck area~ lots of room to enjoy all your pots with seating and dining! I admired that your bench when I saw it at Lowe's a couple of years ago too~ I love the twig design!

  7. Pinky, Everything looks fabulous! It always does!!! I am drooling over those copper pots!!!!!!!! I would love to get my hands on a couple of those.
    The patio and deck are just gorgeous! I bet you will miss that part of your home!
    Oh my goodness, Pinky... you mulch your pots!!!! So pretty!

  8. How nice! I'm really wanting to have an outdoor table for dining too. I just love the outdoors.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  9. Pinky!

    Your deck looks amazing! And I'm with Yvonne....why didn't I think of mulching my pots! Brilliant!

    Happy Great Outdoors Day!

  10. Such a gorgeous outdoor spot; I bet you have some wonderful times out here.

  11. Pinky...your wreath is gorgeous!!!...I love it so! Your front and back porches are just beautiful and inviting...Great appeal to those prospective buyers...

  12. Just beautiful, Pinky! Very inviting and colorful. I LOVE the bench that you found at Lowes too. Great job!

  13. Not sure where I want to sit first ... the front or the back! Just adore those bamboo lanterns. And your copper pots look fabulous.

    And I'm jealous that you have even two more decks! I'm sure they're equally as fabulous!

    ... so happy you shared at our Great Outdoors link party!



  14. Really great job, Pinky! You have been hard at work on this!!! I agree with Shirley...your wreath is pretty spectacular! I have spent the last 3 days out in the heat trying to get our front yard, porch and deck in order. I think I have 1 more day to work out there before it's presentable. I can always tweak it later. You have so much space to cover, and you did a really good job of it. I like your flower choices. LOVE lantana. The white is so pretty! I am experimenting with a bunch of new flowers this year rather than my old stanbys. I hope I haven't wasted my money!

  15. Pinky,
    Your porch and deck are stunning! I love, love, love the colors your chose for the flower pots and planter boxes!!! I understand the spike grass coming back...with us it's the rose moss!!! Whatever the reason...we're enjoying our, too! "Mr. Ed" would adore your frogs!!! Thanks for sharing your lovely exterior with us!

  16. Pinky, Your front porch and deck look so good. You have a really nice variety of plants and I LOVE the bench with the cushion. It looks like you have a cool place to spend the Summer.

  17. What a wonderful space Pinky! Your flowers and pots are so, so pretty!! Thank you so much for sharing at our party!

  18. Very pretty! I planted a fushia for the first time this year. So far so good. It said on the little card that it needed to be in full shade.


Thanks you for leaving your lovely comments. xo, Pinky

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