Thursday, June 5, 2008

Summer Porch Party...

Thank you to Rhondi at Rose Colored Glasses for organizing this Front Porch Party! Have fun today visiting all the blogs that are posting photos of their porches, dream porches or decks (as in my case!)...

I just got a new 1GB XD picture card for my camera and WOW - it holds so many photos! I'm afraid I got carried away with my picture taking so don't feel like you have to scroll through all of my photos! I usually have to take a few pix, load them onto the computer, delete some from the card, then take more, etc... What a liberating experience a whole GB is!


This is our little deck, right off the family room of our split level 'cottage.'


If the fountain is turned on, you can hear it from inside the family room. There's something so tranquil about the sound of running water. And right next to the fountain is the rusty planter I got last week...


I always hang a fuchsia from both sides of my deck each year as they are a hummingbird favorite!


I bought the planter on the right last week; I've had the one on the left for years. I couldn't believe finding another planter identical to the one I had!


Some cherub heads and potted plants in an old crate.


Another fuchsia for the top tier of this old chippy white planter.


Sweet basil is planted in this cheerful cottage blue pail I picked up at WalMart last week.


A little grouping of impatiens, a garden bunny and a hedgehog at the base of the fountain.

An old chair with a hanging basket set down where the seat used to be.



Another little stone bunny with the teacup impatiens.


A little duck statue under one of the hanging fuchsias.


Many years ago my now-19 year old used to have a box turtle so one year I picked up this garden statue to remind her of "Nike."


The baker's rack is pretty skimpy since the flowers were just planted last week. Patience, Donna...


So after you've visited all the other porches and decks, come on back, pull up a chair, and we'll watch for the hummingbird. I'll have the iced tea waiting...

Donna

40 comments:

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Just like everything else you touch, your porch is darling!!!

M ^..^

Joanna said...

I love your porch. it's so colorful with all the flowers. I could send a whole day out there! xoxo, Joanna

Joanne Kennedy said...

Hi Donna,

What a darling porch! I love the little tea cup you used as a pot. I also love the pretty fuchsias. They are one of my favorites.

Hugs to you
Joanne

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

You have so many wonderful things! I would love to have a fountain on my deck. Maybe someday. I have that same little hedgehog. Bought him at Wal-mart!

VINTAGE GIRL AT HEART said...

Your porch is amazing.
I Love all of the flowers and little accents.
The photographs are outstanding too!
I imagine your house is just as lovely!!

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Donna!
What a lovely place to relax and enjoy nature! I love your fountain and all your creative finds. You do such a fabulous job of putting everything together to make a beautiful vignette!
Hugs, Sherry

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Donna, I love you deck. So many things you do remind me of my own style. You have such beautiful flowers. And I love your little accent pieces. Hugs, Terrie

Marie said...

Oh your porch is so pretty! I absolutely love it.

Dana said...

I just love your porch. All of your plants are so great---and I really like the ways you displayed them. The white shelves are wonderful. I just noticed you have adopted a few "furry friends". If you have time, come over to my blog and read my post from yesterday. It was so nice to meet you!

Mya said...

What a beautiful porch and your flowers are gorgeous. I love it all.
-Mya

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

Your porch is so pretty. I love all the potted flowers. We have the same blog name, I just don't have the word an. A post or two ago I wrote about how I got my blog name and ask others as well, I would love to know how you chose your blog name. I have seen you here and there and just had to stop by. Your blog is so nice.
ginger

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Your deck is beautiful! i love all the flowers. I have been wanting an old chair like that! I look by the side of the road every time i go somewhere, loL! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

Hugs,
Amy

Sarah said...

Donna,
What a charming place to escape to! I love your new planters! I wish I could come over for a cup of tea!
You're creativity is incredible...I've decided to award you with the Arte Y Pico award for just that reason!
Can't wait to see your patience pay off on that baker's rack!
Sarah

Brenda Kula said...

It is all so lovely! I would like to pull up a chair for a nice tall glass of iced tea. When's the party?
Brenda

Rhondi said...

Hi Donna
Your porch is so inviting. It must be so relaxing listening to the fountain surrounded by all those flowers. And youhave so many interesting treasures there too!! Thanks for joining the party. Hugs, Rhondi

nwalker said...

Donna,
Thanks so much for leaving me comments.I'm new at this and I get so thrilled when I get a comment! I have been working on completing my cushions this morning so go back and look again.I posted pictures this morning when I got finished with them.Your porch looks great!I can see that you have green thumb.I love those fushias.I wish we could grow those in Texas but I have never seen those in our area.Thanks for sharing and have a thankful Thursday!
Nancy

Pat said...

Donna, your deck is gorgeous! It is truly a inviting place to sit and enjoy! How did you get your flowers to be so large so soon? Mine are all little seedlings still.

I love the nature sounds in the background..so pretty!

Hugs, Pat

Donna Kay said...

Donna - your porch is lovely - I love all your flowers, I would give anything to be able to do that - I have the brownest thumb around!!!
thanks for the pics - you could never have too many for me!!!!
Bless...
Donna

Rue said...

Hi Donna :)

Your porch is beautiful, as is your whole cottage. You didn't take too many pictures at all! I love all your flowers and "Nike" is really cute :)

Hugs,
rue

The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

What a lovely deck! Great fountain. I like how you put the hanging basket in your birdbath, and that stinky "Flower" is a hoot! PHEW!
Nikki

hautemommy said...

Beautiful deck, your flowers are gorgeous!! :) xo!

Heather said...

I love the fountain- I can hear it now! My favorite thing on your porch has to be that old chippy chair holding the beautiful flowers~! Have a great day!
-Heather :)

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Oh So relaxing, thanks so much for having me, everything looks so pretty!
Kelly

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Oh gosh Donna... your porch is so delightful and your fuchsias are spectacular.... mine looks sad....:(
I agree ...I love the sound of water it is so soothing...
Hugs
Linda

KarenHarveyCox said...

Such a lovely front porch and your photographs are wonderful. Karen

Holly (Nickname) said...

so lovely and inviting....
xxxooo Ruth

Domestic Diva said...

I LOVE your deck! It is exactly what I would like mine to look like. I'm on my way. I'll have to post some pictures at my blog so you can see. This is only our 2nd summer here and our last townhouse had an awful backyard so I didn't have much to bring with me. Your teacups - did you drill a hole in them for drainage? Eventually I'll have to get a fountain on my deck. The sound must be fantastic. Unfortunately every thing here on the east coast is just so darn expensive!... and I haven't found squat at yard sales this year! Goodness - even the yard sales are getting expensive! Anyhows - love the deck!

Claire said...

Your flowers and porch are beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Claire

~Red Tin Heart~ said...

What a beautiful porch! I love plants and have them all over. You blog is so pretty..
Thank you for the compliment on my site. I will add you to my favorites as well.
xoxo Nita

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Sweet Donna!

Oh My! Your deck is just stunning! I love it and ALL the potted flowers you have everywhere! You sure take good care of them! What a beautiful spot to meet with family & friends! Lovely & cozy! Love my visit with you!

Have a wonderful evening!

Hugs,
Maryjane

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Donna, your porch is so inviting and colorful. Thank you for sharing all the great pictures with us. Have a Blessed Day, Bonnie

Beverly said...

Your deck looks lovely. I would love to watch the hummingbirds with you.

cargol said...

Your new white iron planters are perfect and I'm so jealous of your fuchia (way too hot here, have a tiny one on a shady spot of porch)

Jen r. said...

Love your porch and all of your flowers! Jen R

Gato Azul | Chat Bleu said...

What an enchantment. No wonder the hummingbirds haunt your terrace. Thank you for posting all these beautiful pictures.

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Donna, I just love you porch and all the potted plants you have. Just stunning. Thanks for having me.
Love, Ann

Michele said...

Where to start??? I LOVE everything about your porch, and I wish I really was joining your for a cup of tea!

I love that "rusty" planter you just got, especially with the flowers draping down. In fact, probably my favorite part of your porch is all of the gorgeous draping plants! Those are my favorites!!! I also love the bunnies....so would my mom!

Michele
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Adrienne said...

Hi - Your porch is wonderful! I'd love to sit and chat with you in your beautiful surroundings. I love your plant holders and each of the sweet things you've added to make it a good place for relaxation. ~Adrienne~

Joy said...

Wow, you have such a pretty porch and beautiful flowers. You display your flowers wonderfully too!

shirl said...

Hi Donna, I'm still going through to list of porch parties. Sorry I'm so late, I only get to look at a few everyday! Your deck is beautiful, your like me with taking pics, I just keep clicking away. I love all your flowers, fountains, and iron planters. Your blog looks very interisting, I'll have to scroll through. Stop by when you have time.
Blessings, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage