Isn't it fun checking out all of the porches today?
Thank you, Rhondi, for organizing this second annual event!!
You can tell by my sign, that the porch I want to share this year is located in the back of our home---so please follow me!!
THE STONE RABBIT has been looking forward to our party for days!! He pulled out his patriotic boa just for this grand event!
I know you'll be eating lots of goodies during your porch visits today. I have a little table all ready, too!! I hope you'll have enough time to join me in a glass of iced tea and a patriotic cupcake!! I actually MADE the frosting from scratch---it's butter cream. The cake is Duncan Hines White!! :)
I folded the red bandannas in a place mat shape and used the blue ones for napkins. I think they are great for a patriotic color touch, don't you? They're actually left from a BIG NUMBER surprise birthday party we gave for my husband a few years ago---the theme was "cowboy" for the Birthday Buckaroo! I also have LOTS of leftover cowboy hats. They'll probably show up on a post some day!
The little centerpiece was made by placing a garage sale silver tray atop a thrift store silver chafing dish base. My friend Sharleen of LUTICIA CLEMENTINE'S in Independence, Missouri, taught me that great trick. I have a variety of bases and trays in assorted sizes--all found for very little money. They make wonderful elevated serving pieces!
On top of the tray is a great old Uncle Sam bank my friend Bonnie gave to me---and a few more yummy cupcakes!
When my friend Patty showed me the great daisy arrangement Susan of BETWEEN NAPS ON THE FRONT PORCH created, I knew I had to give it a try. Afterall--I had purchased a very similar basket a long time ago from a friend at her shop. THEN when I saw how great Pat's (BACK PORCH MUSINGS--see link below) lovely daisy arrangement looked on her patio, I was convinced I needed to attempt to make one.
Pat, of BACK PORCH MUSINGS, also shared how she uses old shutters on her porch, so I decided to drag out three that I had in the basement storage room. I used to use them for display pieces in a couple of shops I was in. I wish the hinges didn't jump out so much, but I really hadn't noticed them UNTIL I saw these photos!! OOOOh, the camera doesn't lie! :) Perhaps I can "tone" them down with a bit of paint. However, I do love how the shutters look with the basket hanging on them. Isn't it wonderful how other bloggers inspire us to try new things?
The shutters are leaning on the outside fireplace wall---it juts out a bit onto the patio and makes the perfect spot for them!!
This little area is to the right side of the shutters.
Bonnie gave me the old mop bucket when we moved to this house. She purchased it at The Bingham Waggoner Antique Sale, held here in Independence, as a "house warming" gift. It was filled with wonderful plants.
Each spring, I've put a variety of flowering plants in it- - - until last year when I filled it with herbs. Some did well, some didn't. I really wasn't impressed with the overall outcome. This year, I put only two plants in it......a decorative grass and a Lantana. I have fallen in love with Lantanas. . . . .they're very hard to kill and they are great bloomers.
The black pots (that look like they're on stilts!) are filled with red begonias.....another type of plant that I can keep alive. The stands were found at a couple of flea markets. I really need to add some vining plants to the pots---they do look strange like that!
I have six pots planted like this----they go along the railing of the patio. I spray painted the tera cotta colored plastic pots (Dollar General) black four summers ago. They could have used a little coat this year, but I didn't have the time, so that job will be on the list for next spring.
Since I have six of these pots, and they're fairly large, I try to come up with hardy and cheap plantings. I have found that vinca and asparagus fern do very well in the blistering heat that occurs on this porch that faces West. The vinca is always cheap---$1.49 for a four pack. I put three of these plants in each pot. The asparagus fern seems to go up each year. Around here, it was $2.49 for a little pot. Sooooo, when I saw hanging baskets of asparagus fern on sale at Ace Hardware for $9.00, I snatched one up!! I was able to divide the fern so I enough to place two sprigs in each of my six pots for the back porch and still have enough to make a nice pot of fern and hanging vinca vines for the front porch. The little plants will soon be huge and beautiful, giving us many summer days of enjoyment.
I even pulled out my patriotic buntings for you guys!!! I hope the birds don't use them as target practice!
This little hammered aluminum chafing dish was filled with other items on my previous post!! Now, it's holding some little summer plants----still in their little plastic containers, because I haven't finished planting stuff!!
I love this flag holder---I can see it from the dining room.
I purchased this little bird feeder at a craft sale and garden show in Liberty, Missouri, last spring. The artist made the most unusual feeders from vintage finds.
It's holding the rest of the plants I haven't had time to plant!
The twig tree stays on this porch year round. It has tiny white lights on it and I change the decorations seasonally.
This part of the porch is like a breeze way. The door you see goes into our bedroom and the window belongs to a small spare bedroom. To the right are French doors that come out of the dining room onto the porch.
Along the wall, I have a rusty planter. Right now, it's holding an old minnow bucket filled with a fern and a little tin planter that contains mint, basil and my shamrock plant from St. Patrick's Day!!
To the left of the planter is an old rusty lamp base. I purchased it last year at The Strawberry Festival in Independence, Missouri, for $3.00. It makes a great flag holder.
This group of plants is to the left of the shutters and to the right of the dining room door. The small stands were purchased at a sale many years ago and were hand made.
No, the fern does not have a furry bottom. I just stuffed coconut fibers around the pot to wedge it in the stand so it would sit straight. It's a conversation piece. :)
It's time for THE STONE RABBIT to get out of the sun and enjoy a little treat, too!!
He's so glad you stopped by!
I am also so happy to see you today during Rhondi's Porch Party!!! Be certain you visit her blog, ROSE COLORED GLASSES, for a long list of other bloggers who are waiting for you to visit them!!!