Welcoming Spring of Porches, Water Features and More

This past week I have been catching up after being away

for a little more than 3 weeks. Household chores, some doctor appointments,

and cleaning up the layers of pollen.

This week, I plan on doing some Spring spruce up,

Welcoming Spring of Porches, Water Features and More.

Hydrangeas and fountain-Porch-Housepitality Designs

I was so happy to clean the porches from its layers of pollen

and crank up the fountains on the front porch,

so that we can hear the lovely trickling of water again.

Placed a beautiful hydrangea plant in the pot and lilies in the water for a start.

Some flowers have been blooming but the most spectacular blooms are these:

Iris-Housepitality Designs

My irises are budding and blooming.

Soon there will be a large display of these pretty blooms.

I was looking back on some Spring inspiration

and thought I would send some to you.

The upper back porch dressed for Spring last year.

Blue and yellow with lemons made it a very cheery place.

Upper Back Porch-Housepitality Designs

One year, I used pretty shades of oranges and yellows

for the Spring Front Porch.

Spring Porch-Housepitality Designs

I am not sure what I will do for Spring door decor.

Wreaths? … maybe some baskets?

Because I have double doors, there always has to be two of everything.

Such as these with white hydrangeas and yellow Spring blooms.

Spring Wreaths-Housepitality Designs

I am thinking that maybe I should refresh these dried hydrangea wreaths for Spring

since I already have hydrangeas on the porch.

Dried Hydrangea wreath-Housepitality Designs

Dried Hydrangea Wreath-Housepitality Designs

I used to have this vintage wagon on the front porch

that I filled with seasonal flowers.

Spring Porch-Vintage Wagon-Housepitality Designs

Last year, I added a couple of fountains.

One of these fountains I created using a garden container and pond/fountain

parts from Smart Pond. If you missed how I did this,

you can see it here: How to Turn A Garden Container Into a Water Feature

The garden container went from this:

Spring Porch-Fountain-Housepitality Designs

To this:

Water Feature-Fountain-Housepitality Designs

Fountain-Water Feature-Garden Containter Fountain-Housepitality Designs

This week is typically a popular week for Spring Break,

so should you be enjoying a great Spring Break week, I wish you safe travels and lots of fun!

I will be home sprucing up the porches, hosting my Sewing Group in which

breakfast and lunch are included in between lots of laughs and conversation and some sewing, 

and more garden center shopping!

Have a most beautiful Spring day!!!

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  1. Shirley, it is great to be outdoors even if it means cleaning! I know whatever you decide to do on your porches it will be perfect! Happy Tuesday
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  2. Your porch is absolutely gorgeous! I love the way you take care of every detail to make your porch so inviting and absolutely stunning!

  3. If I had a nice southern porch I would add lots of goodies to it like the fountains. Those are so pretty and the sound of water is so relaxing. Spring break was last week here so now if I want to go to the mall it won’t be crowded like last week.
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  4. Your porches in the past have been most beautiful, can’t wait to see what you will come up with this year. Happy day.

  5. your porches are always such a wonderful welcome to spring….and your guests. i have given up on the pollen for a couple more weeks. it’s a losing battle right now.
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  6. I always love how you do your porches, ALL of them! I truly miss my front porch. And I am still learning what to plant in FULL sun for the deck and patio. Loved your blues and greens on the porch last year. This year I am planning lots of blues!!! I have never done blues outside. Thanks for the tour and have a beautiful day. I am SORE from all the work yesterday:) I wish I could plant flowers NOW:):)
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  7. Shirley, your porches are always beautiful. I love the blue and white rug on your upper porch. We have been outside getting things ready for warmer days. We went to the nursery last weekend, and it has me excited for some new landscaping projects.
    I hope you enjoy this beautiful Spring day! Happy Tuesday!!!
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  8. I love the upstairs porch! You do such a wonderful job…I love how you nestle a small table in the corner while adding various pots and flowers! I’m always afraid to do stuff like that because I see many people who attempt something like that and it comes off looking cluttered.

  9. Your irises are beautiful! I love all of the different porch looks that you have done. Here in Wisconsin our daffodils are startingto bloom, but it will be more than a month before our irises bloom.

  10. Spring in style there! Love it all, Shirley! Your irises look so gorgeous – can’t wait to see them in full bloom. Hope you’ll share them with us. Enjoy your outdoor spaces, my friend.
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  11. You have the most energy. Your porches look great. Fun to look back and see last years isn’t it? I forget what I did. I’m loving all your pillows and flowers and your rug.
    I’m going to scroll back and see how you did your fountain. Hopefully our pollen is over. I’ve cleaned several times but not throughly. We are having beautiful weather and I’m sitting on the porch now typing this looking at all I need to be doing. It’s more fun to see what you have done! LOL!
    You always inspire.
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  12. Aggie Reynolds says

    So much inspiration my eye doesn’t know what to look at first!!! Such wonderful ideas as always. I think my favorite is the blue, yellow and lemon porch or maybe the big fountain.

  13. I brought out my flower pots last weekend but we aren’t even close to being ready to plant yet. Love the color of your iris! You always present the prettiest porches. I have to read up on how you made that planter into a water feature! I have a new very large pot that I’m trying to decide on what to do with it. This may be the answer! Have a wonderful upcoming Easter weekend!
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  14. Your porch looks so fresh and pretty Shirley! I love the wagon with the pink geraniums and trailing greenery! Summer’s on it’s way! Have a wonderful Easter!
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  15. The porch looks so lovely. I love all the flowers. It sounds like you are going to have a busy week. Enjoy.

  16. I love blue and yellow together, i love your wreaths and I can’t believe your irises are starting to bloom! Mine (I have white) haven’t even got buds yet. Every picture, Shirley is a feast for the eyes. Spring has sprung at the Stankus house!

  17. Shirley: I love everything! Your irises are stunning and your porches are fabulous. I am so fond of the yellow and blue and the hydrangea wreath is simply lovely. Your home looks like she is wearing her best dress – so inviting.
    Wishing you and yours a happy spring and a beautiful Easter !

  18. You have a gorgeous, magazine-worthy porch! And those irises! Mine haven’t ever bloomed.

  19. Very inviting, colorful and lush already! Show again in a month or so! I’d love to see. Also, Id love to hear and see your sewing projects.
    I’m about to make some custom pillows for my sons new home as one of my housewarming gifts to him. Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

  20. I love your look back and porch areas Shirley! I think your little chippy door and wagon makes such a sweet vignette 🙂
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  21. Hello Shirley, your porch looks beautiful. You have really maintained it properly. Water features is a great option to add the beauty. Keep sharing!

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