The Front Porch Over the Years

My front porch goes through many stages. In April at some point,  there are usually quite a lot of pots, with seedlings started ( and twice as many on the back porch! :) Once those go into the ground, or into bigger pots that transfer to the back porch…cleanup starts. Last year my little grandson helped to clean. He’s still young enough to think things like that are fun.

Smile for Daddy and he did

Once cleaned up, it might look like this on a spring day in May…or it did for many years.

porch

This year I had to recover the cushions, so that changed, but one thing never changes and that is my little squirrel visitors. Here’s a shot from late summer last year.

Sweet William in planter with squirrel on chair

For several years, only half of the front porch belonged to me…

The other half had one of those turtle sandboxes and sets of construction and sandbox toys.  The sandbox has been out under the crab apple tree for a year or two now, since the tree finally grew large enough to provide some nice shade.

I always have sweet alyssum in planters ( shown in the two shots above as well as the one below ) and hanging baskets.

front porch changing

Later in the summer, the morning glories climb up one side of the porch. Here is how they look by mid-August.

When I’d first moved here, one of the first plants that I put in was an Autumn Clematis. After a few years it looked like this.

Several years ago, a bindweed came along, from who knows where…and just took over and by the following season there was no more Autumn Clematis. I purchased another one but it did not thrive. I still pull up that bindweed all year long ( it resembles morning glory, though it is white ) and I gave up on the Autumn Clematis for the interim. I focused on zinnias and sunflowers in that space last year.

driveway side of house sunflowers and zinnias

The drawbacks to the hanging baskets are petals constantly falling onto the porch. The drawbacks to the sweet alyssum in the planters are that they require daily watering once they take off, and often by mid-summer they need transplanted. The drawbacks to growing the morning glories up the side of the porch are that in September they are dropping blossoms and littering that side of the porch…and last year I had them growing on the front and back porches so the situation required daily vacuuming in both areas.

This year I’ve been considering a leaner-meaner front porch situation, in regards to hanging baskets and planters…not sure yet.

At the moment my front porch is still sopping wet from a round of severe storms and torrential rains that we had last evening. I usually enjoy a good thunderstorm but this was downright scary….I hope that the remainder of this summer’s storms are milder :)

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Balisha’s Hyacinth Bean Seeds

Last winter, Balisha from Simply Balisha kindly sent me some quilting books that she did not think that she would use anymore. She let me know that the package was on the way, but when it arrived, there was a surprise inside.

Along with the books there were what I initially thought were pretty little buttons… if you’ve never seen a hyacinth bean seed before, can you blame me? :)

hyacinth bean seeds in bag

The note explained that they were seeds from her vine and to enjoy them the next planting season.

bean seeds closeup

Mid April, I put a few into a pot and faithfully watered it and nothing happened. So I Googled how to plant them and the advice was to soak the the seeds first. I did that and put a few more into a pot, waited for what seemed like ages,  and finally they began to emerge.

hyacinth bean emerging

These little seeds are as hard as a rock…I can understand why they would want to be soaked first, and require lots of daily watering in order to get started in life.

Due to all of this, I find them fascinating :) Thank you, Balisha :)

bean collage

I have read that these can get quite large so I am only starting a few…I’ll continue to nurture them in the pot for awhile before planting them in the ground.

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