Last night I spent half an hour just watering the plants on my front porch. When I count them, I think I’m close to 50 plants on the two porches and the lower patio. Ferns, a couple of types of dracana, begonias, impatiens, floral mums, bromeliads, lemon grass, citronella, pothos, jade, china doll, palms, plumeria.
So many plants.
Much like our flower beds are filled with plants from the clearance section, the plants on my front porch came – for the most part – from the same place. I’ve been told that I cannot have any more plants. That I have enough. But then I see something that needs to be rescued. It comes home with me, and there is another plant, in another pot that has to be purchased.
The best parts of my day are spent on my front porch, surrounded by my plants, coffee sitting on the arm of the chair, pen in hand, notebook on my knee. The last two mornings I’ve noticed the smell of the plumeria. It is tempting to just stay out there until it gets too hot for the fans to keep up, but unfortunately, my paid work calls. As we are entering the heat of summer, the front porch can really only be enjoyed during the morning hours. When it cools off in the evening, we have to contend with the bugs.
The plants and the Adirondack chairs that we have out there now are good starts to a cozy outdoor living space. Soon it will be even cozier. Sweet Husband will be sanding and staining my birthday daybed, and then I can begin accessorizing. We need to tie up the muscadine vines so they don’t interfere with the ceiling fans or hang so low that they choke you. I’m also thinking that I want to do some privacy curtains…out of drop clothes. In the summer when everything is green and alive, the muscadines and shrubs provide quite a bit of privacy, but when the muscadines die back, it’s not quite so private out there.
I also think that Sweet Husband needs to install a misting system. That would increase the hours that the porch is available for usage, although I think it means that we would need to waterproof the decking. We probably should anyway because of how I water the plants. And I suppose that I should buy some of those saucer things to put under the plants to protect the deck, Particularly if Sweet Husband is going to stain and waterproof it.
I love our front porch, and I’m looking forward to what it’s going to become. I wish I had a picture of it for you; I didn’t decide what to write about until the light was gone.
In what part of your home do you enjoy spending your time? And what makes it so appealing to you?