The staining of the deck is done. The staining of my arms and legs is done. I can paint all day in a formal ball gown, but put stain on my paintbrush and all of the sudden I'm a drippy girl.
But enough about the back deck, which I'll show you some other day, today is all about the front porch.
Even standing half way between the house and the road you can barely see anything on the porch, so not sure why I bother. OK, I do it for myself and the pizza delivery guy. He appreciates a nice porch with a touch of vintage decor.
I have two Kimberly Queen Ferns flanking my front door. There's something so classic and Southern about this. Is Ohio not in the South?
Kimberly Queen Ferns are more upright that your typical Boston Fern, which is perfect for this area where you don't want fern fronds poking at your legs when you're trying to get in the door.
If the pizza guy gets hungry while waiting for me to answer the door, he can grab a sandwich out of the picnic basket.
I'm displaying my croquet set on the porch this year. Did you know that croquet was in the Olympics? For only one year - 1900. And only two countries competed in it - France and Belgium. I'm thinking, that just maybe, croquet may be a dying sport!
I used my little chippy table this year instead of the matchy matchy side table that I bought with these rockers.
And added some of my Walmart lavender on top.
These are the pillows I covered with ticking fabric last year. They've been upgraded to the front of the house now.
I told you about the Mommy bird who decided to build a nest in my pansies. I was waiting for the kids to go off to college, so I could put better plants in the planter (better = not dead), but they aren't budging. Can you see Junior's head sticking up in the middle pot?
I don't have any worms for you, so quit looking at me with those pitiful eyes!
If you want to see what my porch will look like when the birds get the heck out of here, I used my extraordinary artistic skills to give you a glimpse.
Oh, I'm a little jealous that you have room for rockers on your front porch! It looks just great. I'm just a little afraid of those giant killer daisies though!
Lovely! All your little touches make one beautiful porch!
Love the changes, especially the croquet set. It is a dying sport - but so fun to those of us that still appreciate it. Lovely and welcoming. Thanks for sharing, liz
I looks very welcoming. I may to have "borrow" your croquet set idea.
Still working on our porch AND deck!
Keeping it Cozy
Your porch looks lovely, inviting and just perfect for summer days ahead.
Nook and Cranny
Love the porch, specially the porch rockers.
I would love to find a vintage croquet game like that. My daughter loves this game.
Thanks for sharing.
Karah @ thespacebetweenblog
hahaha, 'for myself and the pizza delivery guy' lol. I love the old croquette set and the photshopped flowers. ;O Thank you so much for sharing at our party!
Sweet Posy Dreams
Your porch looks great -- even with the dead pansies!
Your porch looks amazing! All your pizza guy needs is some sweet tea to go with the picnic basket 🙂
Thanks for sharing and linking up to the party!
Sam I Am......
You are too funny! Love the "rare" daisies but what are the yellow forks doing? LOL! Are you trying to stab the Mother bird when she returns? Or is it your attempt to catch some flying worms for the babies?
I did not know that about the ferns and being from Iowa but now livng in Arkansas....I'm pretty sure Ohio is considered Southern...but I could be wrong.
Your porch is darling and your house is gorgeous. I love your dormers upstairs as I always think it makes the inside so cozy. I love all your accessories on the porch. I have a croquet set but it's not old but maybe I could make it look that way? Hmmm! I love croquet but obviously I'm in the minority and there goes my shot at the Olympics!
I'm looking back at your summer posts and dreaming of warmer weather. Your porch was beautiful! Love those ferns and those rare daisies are to die for! 🙂