I haven’t done much outdoor decorating at all this year. I should at least get out the flag for the Fourth next week. The most I’ve managed so far is to add some plants by the front door. I also updated the planter- by switching the pot to a different one.
You may remember this urn from last year. I had a large fern in it, which survived my neglect quite well. Until winter hit. It’s one of those lightweight planters that is supposed to look like stoneware. The coating [paint?] has chipped off and really needs a refresh.
I planned on painting it, but then remembered this clay pot relegated to the neglected area under our deck. Much better choice, don’t you think? Notice I didn’t even watermark this pic. Yikes!
After yanking out the weeds and dragging this heavy sucker around to the hose, I battled the ant nest inside it and washed away the worst of the grunge.
I liked the look of the “patina” (fancy word for stubborn grunge) and decided to add even more. I watered down some white paint and simply brushed it over the pot, leaving it heavier in some areas than others. You can see I didn’t worry too much about drips. Those little black specks are dead ants- I just brushed right over them, no respect.
Ok, so after successfully managing to keep a fern alive for one season, I decided to venture out into new territory. I asked the guy at the local nursery what would work on my porch and he recommended this combination of geranium and whatever the bright green trailing stuff is.
As with last year’s fern, the trellis isn’t needed- I just like the look of it. I’m still using the mini hydrangea & seed packet wreath– the paper packets have held up surprisingly well.
So far, so good. The plants haven’t died yet. Richard has been taking care of them.
Do you have any tried and true plants that you use on your porch? Do you like patina on your pottery, or do you prefer it fresh and clean?