Not sure that I am ready to see summer go…. But some late summer changes had to be made on the front porch. While it is not time here for mums or pumpkins or hay bales yet, late summer means that what was working on the porch in July and August has changed somewhat.
Back in late May everything was just starting…
Midsummer had hanging baskets and flowers in pots and planters….some were doing so well that they needed to be transplanted into the ground in the front or side of the house.
Only a few weeks ago the sweet allyssum and marigolds were overflowing and needed watered two times a day.
Yes one of my little squirrel visitors is sitting on the wicker chair enjoying a peanut. They were steady visitors throughout the summer. I would often have two at a time, occasionally as many as four, but the smallest one has always been the tamest.
In the last two weeks the flowers in the hanging baskets were clearly signaling end-of-summer and I finally took them down, and the overflowing sweet alyssum planter was gasping its last breath as well.
I took a plant stand and some other things down to the basement and did some rearranging. I had spring lettuce in a planter that had finally bolted in July. For the fall, I have a large tub that held a fairy garden. I dismantled the fairy garden and planted the rest of my Salad Bowl lettuce seeds in that tub. Now that it is cooler the lettuce should ( hopefully ) grow and be happy and I’ll have some fresh fall lettuce! :)
While Blog Land is awash with chalkboards, the only chalkboard that I have is one the children play with out on the porch. Brent and I went out to visit my mom and came home with another chalkboard that had belonged to my sister. As you can see below, he was thrilled with it. ( his mama just cut off all of his hair…I get a jolt when she does that : ) Buzz cuts are fine but if you don’t know about them ahead of time, one day you have a grandson with pretty white blond hair and the next day he’s bald! :)
So the tub with the soon-to-be-fall lettuce is behind the table and we now have a chalkboard school corner for the remaining months of decent weather.
The morning glories in the background should last a few more weeks. At some point they begin to drop blossoms like crazy ( more than the 20 or so that I clean up each day ) and at that point I cut them down and by then it is time for mums and cornstalks :)
Over at the other side of the porch it all seems quite bare to me without the abundance of flowers …
Just a few now, and my garden gnome ( yes I had her in the children’s fairy garden but she was always really for me : )
At any rate, even with summer’s end close by, there is still a nice amount of flowers here on the porch, though a good half or more are done for this season.
This pansy / violet plant…that used to be on the wooden planter that I took to the basement and that is now on my ‘bare’ side of the porch… has changed colors throughout the season. Once purple; now white. Interesting… :)
While my little bungalow is small, I think that I am blessed that it is one with a nice old-fashioned front porch and I enjoy it immensely : )
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