Looking Back…
By Karon May 2013

I came across this old post, and thought it deserved a re-post.  As the weather here in the Midwest is finally warming up, I find myself longing for those lazy summer days – they’re right around the corner!  I’ve been busy these last few days getting my front porch swept up and ready for spring and summer – moving planters into their places (even though I won’t get my annuals planted for another week or so at least!), getting the porch swing cushions washed and ready, and moving the wicker furniture back into place.  It’s one of my favorite times of year – time for a fresh start!  I hope you enjoy this re-post…

The Front Porch

As the owners of a garden center, spring is definitely go time, so when my husband and I are not putting in a gazillion hours a week at the store, you’ll find us right here relaxing on our front porch. This is where we practically live in the summertime; we don’t like being cooped up in the house when it is so nice outside. The porch is where we go to just hang out, read a book, watch the kids play, and talk about our day. This porch is where I go to satisfy the longing for my southern roots, which is why I have always been in love with front porches; there is something very romantic about them, they seem to add so much character and charm.

Porches are practical and pretty; it is fun to decorate with seasonal flowers, boxwoods, and lanterns. Nothing says summer like big wicker chairs or a porch swing outfitted with comfy cushions and pillows, which is the perfect spot to take a lazy summer afternoon nap or watch the birds splash in the birdbath. And what porch doesn’t have beautiful hanging Boston ferns, or a blooming clematis vine climbing up a white lattice trellis. The bead board ceiling is painted a soft blue – I’ve heard that was done to fool the bugs into thinking it’s the sky. At night time, there are no lights on except the flickering of the candles in the lanterns as we sit and listen to the symphony of crickets and frogs – what a performance!