The Porch Is Ready For Sit ‘N’



I worked all day yesterday to recover the front porch cushions and make throw pillows to match. I bartered for this chicken fabric long time ago. I made the containers for the front of a fabric store and she gave me some pretty fabric in return. I want to paint the pots yellow.

100_8915We are out here several times a day and almost every evening rain or shine. There is ceiling fan to help stir the air on the muggiest of days like today. I’m sure to take a rest from gardening and get a glass of sweet tea. Some days I bring my laptop out and chit chat from the swing.

100_8908All the cushions come off easily for washing. I don’t like to sit on dirty or mildewed cushions. Mildew hasn’t been a problem the last two years cause of the drought but this year is a whole new ballgame. We’ve had more rain than sunshine. Today it’s really humid and a perfect set up for mildew. I can nip that in the bud with a good trip to the washing machine. I like my stuff to smell good anyway.


Here is one of my Bee Balms, the Lo and Behold Blue Chip buddleia that is one of my all time favorite shrubs from Proven Winners. It’s a dwarf that will never grow any taller than what you see. But oh the blooms it puts out. A butterfly magnet. I’ve also got Coconut Lime Coneflower there too.

100_8879As a reminder to some, I planted my gardens later this year. I work my annuals hard and I wanted them to last longer. They kept fizzling out on me before the season was done which can be November around here. Now it’s all starting to bloom nicely and perfectly timed for a long season of enjoyment.

100_8884Cameron wrote about this monarda not long ago if you care to get technical about it. She’s the techy expert. I’ll just plan on going over to her blog and seeing what’s she writing about so I can steal all her hard work. πŸ˜‰ It’s called Raspberry Wine.

100_8891I like it with Coconut Lime Echinacea.

100_8881Blooming its little fool head off. You know I’m going to divide this next season and have loads more. It stands out the most in my garden.

100_8898Blue Satin Rose of Sharon by PW growing as a neighbor to the monarda

100_8897And a phlox

100_8883Life is so grand from a good old southern porch!

100_8913Just sitting out here swatting flies and swapping lies πŸ˜‰ Hugs to everyone. Ok, I’m really going outside now. I’ve got about 30 plants to get in the ground. I’ll need some tea of course.

23 Comments Add yours

  1. Angie says:

    I just found your blog through a google search. I just got a new front porch for my c1900 cottage and I have been looking for the ‘perfect’ color of green for my siding. I LOVE the shade that you used! Would you mind sharing the brand/color?

    I can’t wait to see more of your blog… it will be so helpful, as I love to garden and inherited a lot of heirloom plants when I bought the place, but I have trouble keeping up with what I have and envisioning what I want to add!



  2. Kathleen says:

    It’s SO inviting Anna. You did a great job. I hardly “know” you but I’d love to drop by for a chat and a glass of yummy sweet tea.


  3. eliz says:

    Lovely; I hope you have plenty of weather cool enough for you to sit outside!


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