Front Porch Tour

Welcome to my front porch. It is a place where I love to sit and take in all the nature around me. There are hummingbirds, turkeys, deer, and I’ve even seen a bear! We live in a wooded area so nature is all around us. Sitting quietly and watching with a cup of coffee in the morning or a  cold glass of lemonade in the afternoon is so relaxing and refreshing!

 

 

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Front Porch Tour   grandparentsplus.com

When we built this house 10 years ago, one thing I wanted was a large front porch. It is something I’ve really enjoyed! Let me take your on a tour.

The front door entrance is at an angle into the house. On the left side is a $5 bench (I found at a garage sale) that I painted white. The little concrete dog was a piece that my dad found and always had at their front door. Now, it greets people at my door!

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To the right, I have an antique red wheelbarrow. In the summer it holds ferns and in the winter I put evergreens and birch logs. An old weather vane adds some height.

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Further to the right is a wood burning stove. This was the working stove in the cottage that was originally on this property. The cottage needed so much repair so we tore it down, but saved the stove.

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Peeking through the ferns and window boxes, you can see the vintage wrought iron table and chairs.

 

 

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I had a wicker sofa and chairs, but the squirrels chewed on it so I went with wrought iron! You can see the redo of this set at Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo.

Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo grandparentsplus.com

 

Now, to the left of the entrance on the front porch……

 

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The little antique table and chairs is a French Barrel Garden Chair Set (I think that is what it is called). I found it at a little out-of-the-way antique store where a woman was bringing it in to sell. I asked the price and bought it right away. It was a steal! You often see these in garden magazines.

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Front Porch Tour grandparentsplus.com

The rocking chair is where you will find me in the morning with a cup of coffee! It has the best view of the hummingbirds and the hosta garden.

Imagine yourself sitting on my front porch in these rocking chairs and this is what you see close up.

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Front Porch Tour  grandparentsplus.com

 

Two of the hummingbird feeders hang from the vintage Dutch girl weather vane. I had to add a bit of “Dutch” since we are of that heritage! I found them in Alpharetta, Georgia at an antique store that was closing. I’m sure, because they were a Dutch girl, not everyone wanted it so I snagged them at a very reasonable price.

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So that’s my front porch tour. I hope it gave you some ideas for using some old vintage pieces. If you want a tour of my hosta garden, go to Hosta Haven! I have over 60 varieties!

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If you’re in the area, drop by for a glass of lemonade on my front porch, of course!

Phyllis

 

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Tabletop Woodland Garden (no maintenance)

When I saw the article on a Tabletop Woodland Garden in the May 2004 of my Country Gardens magazine, I knew this was something I wanted to try making. There’s one difference, however. Their garden needed watering and mine doesn’t! I didn’t want to mess with watering little miniature plants and besides the artificial succulents look real anyway. I figured I would try to make mine no-maintenance! Then, when we go on vacation, I don’t have to worry about watering these little plants!

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Here’s my inspiration article from Country Gardens (May) 2004

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The Tabletop Woodland Garden looks like a miniature peek into the deep woods. It’s fun to discover lichen covered wood, various types of moss, and small plants tucked into little nooks and crannies. The interesting nature display invites close-up looks for sure!

Materials Needed:

Tray ( This was their suggestion, but I found this wasn’t needed as you can duplicate various heights with layers of cardboard or poster board. Because my version didn’t need watering, the tray wasn’t necessary for protection. The tray pictured was from the Dollar Tree. Because I had it, I used it anyway for a layer of height.)

Poster Board, scrap wood pieces, styrofoam balls, etc.

Moss Collection  (found at Michael’s) this had various kinds of moss and lichens

Decor Naturals (found at Dollar Tree)

Spanish Moss ( found at Dollar Tree)

Miniature accessories – turtle, small pinecones, seedpods, pieces of wood, rocks, etc.

Glue Gun

Small artificial plants…   succulents, ferns, etc.  Small pieces of artificial plants cut from larger ones.

With these supplies, you have more than enough for more than one Tabletop Woodland Garden.

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When I first thought of doing this project, I asked my grandson to search for some interesting pieces of wood that I might be able to use. He found my main piece of driftwood. Besides the driftwood, he found the interesting tangle of wood or roots. How excited I was that he found them! They were perfect!

Directions:

Work on this project outside. You’ll have lots of debris so make it easy by working outdoors on a picnic table and let the wind clean it up!

Step 1

I covered the base (included the upside down tray) with the display moss and glued it to the items. Cover a piece of styrofoam or small cardboard box for a  small  “hill” to vary the different levels of the base.

 

Step 2

Next, I started placing the various items on the base. I didn’t glue them until I  liked  their placement. Add lichens on the wood and a moss strip on the wood piece (cut from the sheet of display moss). Notice the  piece of styrofoam with Spanish moss to make a small mound to vary heights. Keep building and adding until you like the finished product….

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Step 3

Add miniature cones, seeds, etc. and a cute turtle or mushroom. (still looking for a small mushroom)  Now, one last check just to see if it looks interesting from all angles! Notice the little turtle climbing up the driftwood?

 

When satisfied, check all views from front, side and back.

Back view……

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Interesting from all sides!

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This craft is nature inspired for indoor enjoyment. It will last a long time with no upkeep or watering!  Each one you make will be entirely different.

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Now, I’m still on the hunt for some small artificial mushrooms! I’ll add them later.

Start collecting those interesting driftwood pieces and other nature finds!

Enjoy and have fun creating!

Phyllis

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Hosta Haven

I enjoy sitting on my front porch in the morning gazing at my Hosta garden. I call it my little “Hosta Haven” as it is so relaxing with the multitude of textures and shades of green! There’s not much else I can grow in this spot between the pine trees. It is very shaded with lots of roots from all the trees. Pine needles, from the White Pines, create a needle bed under the plants. At first, I thought they would never grow in such soil, but they find a spot and thrive among all those gnarly roots! They’re tough and seem to like the acid pine needles!

 

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Scattered through the hosta are a few little pieces I’ve found to highlight the garden.  Of course, I have a windmill. Found it at a yard sale! Being of Dutch heritage, it fits perfectly!

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A few large rocks for interest….

 

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My Hosta Haven   grandparentsplus.com

The different shades of green change with the sun throughout the day.

 

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Each year it gets better and better as they mature and fill in little open spaces. Sprinkled in are Huchera, ferns, and a few other shade loving plants. I try to mix color, texture and size.

This grouping is right next to my front porch. I like the gradual decrease of sizes. The large hosta in back are Montana, next is Chiquita, Christmas Tree and finally Kabitan.

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From the front porch, there are Guacamole Hosta, Red Salvia and Stella-de-Oro Daylillies .

 

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Coral bells, so delicate, against the hosta.

Hosta Haven   grandparentsplus.com

Hosta Haven   grandparentsplus.com

 

Hosta Haven  grandparentsplus.com

 

Throwing in a bit of color, with Impatients planted in a little cart, gives a striking contrast. Hosta Haven   grandparentsplus.com

Even my little turtle enjoys the view!

 

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I like to divide my plants in the Spring just as they are coming up. That way, they never look like they’ve been touched. It is hard to distinguish one from another so in the fall, I place a red plastic knife beside the plants I intend to divide and write the name of the plant on the knife (both top and bottom). In the spring, I know exactly which ones to divide and what variety I have!

Hope you enjoyed my “Hosta Haven” tour. I have some hosta around a tree in the back, but this year the deer ate them all! I didn’t get my Coyote Urine ( yes, gross!) deterrent on fast enough! Ugh!

How is your garden growing?

Phyllis

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Flower Arranging Using Hosta Leaves

 

With an abundance of garden flowers this time of year, think of using hosta leaves along with your fresh flower arrangements to give more dimension, color, and texture. Fresh flowers from the garden sometimes don’t have enough leaves to compliment them in an arrangement (especially Asiatic Lilies). Combining them with hosta leaves gives you lots of dramatic possibilities.

This little vase has Angel Winged Red Begonia along with Kabitan Hosta Leaves. It makes a striking color combination.

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Another idea is using a shallow glass bowl and adding water. Now, float lilies on top of hosta.  Asiatic lilies have spike leaves that don’t work in an arrangement, but these leaves look beautiful with the lilies! I used a combination of Christmas Tree and Chiquita Hosta.

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Flower Arranging with Hosta Leaves   grandparentsplus.com

I happen to have a green depression glass dish that I like to use to display flowers. This is such an easy arrangement to do!

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Try some climbing roses with Fanfare Impatients  – and, of course, some dramatic leaves!

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This little arrangement uses Dark Victory leaves….

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 These are Guacamole  leaves….

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Don’t you think the hosta leaves add a great dimension to these arrangements? Have you used them in your flower arrangements? If not, try it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo

My Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo!

Last fall, the squirrels  (maybe raccoons – never caught the critters) chewed my white wicker set to pieces. I needed to find something to replace it for the front porch. I was on the hunt and found a unique set and decided to do a Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo to match the color scheme on the front porch.

I knew that changing the colors was only a matter of paint. So after some effort, I now have a cute table & chairs set on my porch in red and white. It’s perfect for a lovely breakfast, snack, or just a glass of lemonade while watching the hummingbirds in my garden.

Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo grandparentsplus.com

Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo

Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo grandparentsplus.com

With spray paint in hand, the redo began! The yellow just didn’t go on my porch! I re-used the cushion fabric from the old wicker set to recover the chair pads.

Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs…….. AFTER!

Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo grandparentsplus.com

Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo grandparentsplus.com

I love the detail that you see through the glass top!

Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo grandparentsplus.com

 

Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo grandparentsplus.com

I love my Red and White Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs!

Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo grandparentsplus.com

 OK critters! Now, try to chew this one!

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my Vintage Wrought Iron Table and Chairs Redo project. My husband and I had dinner there the other night! Nice!

Phyllis

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