Happy summer, dear readers! Welcome to a porch and garden tour followed by a summer luncheon on the deck. I am so happy that you have stopped by for a visit!
I hope that your summer is off to a wonderful start. With the bright sunshine and warmer temperatures, I have been spending lots of time outdoors. It has been a long time since we have been in touch, so I have lots to share. Grab a cup of sweet tea, and let’s take a walk around the porch and garden.
This year, new cushions were in order for the covered porch. I was so happy to find these navy-blue cushions on sale at Ballard Designs. They were just what I was looking for. They are covered in Sunbrella fabric, and the dark navy color is perfect for not showing dirt. The new cushions called for fresh accent pillows. These floral April Cornell pillows fit the space perfectly. Her linens are always so pretty.
During the warmer months, we spend lots of time outdoors. I always start my day off with a cup of tea and a favorite book in this very spot. It is a peaceful place, and perfect for just stepping away from everyday stress.
If you look closely, the little boy statue has been repaired. When he was in a flower bed on the lower level of the yard, the deer knocked him over and broke his arm. Luckily, I was able to repair him.
The title of the book on the coffee table sums up life around my house. We do a lot of “porch living” this time of year.
Below is a little nook on the porch. A Boston Fern is tucked in the iron container hanging on the wall. My Boston Ferns have been thriving this year. In fact, the majority of my flowers and plants have been very happy. We were blessed to have a mild spring, and it is my opinion that this allowed everything to settle in before the warmer temperatures appeared.
You will find lots of geraniums and pentas around the porch and patio. These tend to do well for me, and I believe in sticking with what works. If you have followed me, you already know about all of my troubles with my fellow neighbors…the deer. We have had to start over so many times that we have just about given up. I decided this year to play up the upper levels of my yard since they cannot access this area. Also, we have been taking other measures to deter the unwanted guests from the lower level of the yard. Knock on wood, motion sprinklers and Liquid Fence seem to be working.
The picture below was actually taken earlier in the spring. The pots have since doubled in size.
More geraniums are in hanging baskets, and my Black Eyed Susans are full of buds and ready to burst with their bright golden blooms.
Kimberly Queen Ferns are potted in antique olive buckets.
This photo is a close up of a Double Knock Out Rose before the Japanese Beetles appeared. They have been relentless this year. Fingers crossed; I think they have finally moved on.
Father’s Day weekend our state was hit with tornadoes and high winds. We had sustained wind speeds of 75 mph and lost power. We were the fortunate ones. Our power was restored rather quickly. Many of my fellow Oklahomans were without power for an entire week.
Father’s Day was spent cleaning up all the debris. It was a mess! This White Wedding Hydrangea was laying on the ground, but a stake and some string fixed her right up. I have two more of these hydrangeas on the lower level of the yard. They produce oodles of blooms until late summer and are some of my favorite hydrangeas. We had an early cold snap last fall and as a result many of my hydrangeas did not bloom this year.
Sweet visitors love my purple pentas.
The deer have access to this area of the yard. This year, I decided to plant Lambs Ear and vining purple lantana in the urns on the patio. The delicate purple flowers are so pretty, and these plants are supposed to be deer resistant. So far, so good.
By now, you must be getting tired. Let’s go back up to the covered porch. A special table has been set just for you so we can enjoy some chicken salad, strawberry cake, and sweet tea.
An April Cornell tablecloth anchors the tablesetting. Her tablecloths are always beautiful with their striking floral patterns.
Blue dinner plates paired with hydrangea salad plates were purchased several years ago at Sur La Table. The blue goblets and seersucker napkins were also a Sur La Table purchase.
A green basket filled with sunflowers and sprigs of lavender create a simple summer centerpiece.
Sweet friends, I hope you have enjoyed your visit. I am so thrilled to be able to share my porch and blooms with you. It has made me so happy! May you have a most joyous day filled with lots of blessings!