Hello Dear Readers!
Today, is Monday Morning Blooms
and I, along with my flower loving
friends are here to hopefully
put some happy in your
day with our flower inspiration.
Due to the difficulty of obtaining
and leaving the home to obtain
fresh flowers these days, we decided
that our common theme today would be
“anything goes” !! … and I did just that!
Today, you will see the
Hickory Cottage Front Porch Reveal
My wonderful Bloom friends Lidy, Pam and Mary’s
images and links to their
wonderful flower inspiration
are at the end of this post.
I have a favorite garden center.
It is privately owned and these days
if possible, I like to shop at locally
owned businesses when I can,
which is not too often now. 🙁
Welcome to the front door of Hickory Cottage.
I called the garden center to see
if they were open . . . “yes, we are
and we are practicing extreme safety and
social distancing” . . . and they were.
My hubby drove me there
(we wore our masks and gloves)
and we quickly chose some flowering
plants for the front porch.
I guess the potted and hanging
flowering plants were my idea of
“anything goes” for today!
Notice the ceiling? Had to go “haint blue”
however, the true color is
Sherwin Williams Atmospheric.
I was pleased with my monogrammed door mat
from Frontgate . . .
and . . . my half yoke copper lantern
from Carolina Lanterns.
I have always wanted one of those lanterns.
Mine is electrified vs. gas.
The first thing I had placed
on the front porch was my tea cart
that was formerly on my back upper porch.
Had to have something to place pretties on.
Potted Supertunia “Black Cherry” are
in blue and white pots
The hanging potted flowers
are Superbells “Pomegranate Punch”
My “lady” has been with me
sitting on the last 3 porches
and now 4. I bought her about 20 years ago
at Tuesday Morning and she always
brings me joy!
The “Happy Place” sign
was a gift from friends.
One morning, I was unboxing
(my new norm) some things and noticed
someone bending down placing something
on my porch. He quickly stepped away.
I went to the door as he was approaching
his car. “I just stopped by on my way
to play golf” … a little something
for the new house!” It was perfect.
My Sweetie said the one thing
that she will miss about the old house
are the pineapples! … No worries,
I still have lots and one to greet her!
Hopefully that will be soon. My family
has not seen our new home yet
since we moved in. 🙁
I’m so happy the tea cart fit
on our new porch. It’s not a large
porch, (8 x 12) however, large enough
to set some pretties on it.
Pottery Barn candle holders
hold faux boxwood and a lantern
to lend a glow to the first evening
when we can sit out there and relax
and enjoy the view!
Pots of petunias flank the porch.
On this side of the porch
is my bench that has been on
my porches of the last 3 homes
and now 4 too!
It fit well between the columns.
The flowers look great against
the blue (Sherwin Williams Rest Assured) shutters.
Pillows always a must for this bench.
The oval window is my laundry room window.
Hope you enjoyed the first peek
of the Hickory Cottage front porch.
Now it’s time to visit my
amazing flower loving friends for
some beautiful inspiration today.
They will show you how to achieve
beautiful floral creations during
times when flowers are not readily
available and most importantly,
during the stay-at-home
directives, protecting yourself
and your loved ones.
The links to their posts are
below their beautiful images.
Pam of Everyday Living
Lidy of FrenchGardenHouse
Mary of Home Is Where The Boat Is
I wish you all a most beautiful day
and most of all, please stay safe
and healthy. Through hope, faith
and prayers we shall get through this.