Late Summer Porch Changes

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…

porch 4   porch three

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.

front porch changing

Only a few weeks ago the sweet allyssum and marigolds were overflowing and needed watered two times a day.

Sweet William in planter with squirrel on chair

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.

squirrel on chair close up   little squirrel collage

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! :) 

brent with chalkboard collage

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.

chalkboard kids corner

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 …

Other side of porch

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 : )

Lady Gnome and Watercan

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… :)

Meanwhile these violets change colors

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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27 Responses to Late Summer Porch Changes

  1. Joyce says:

    aww, I just love your frugal little bungalow, and apparently so does everyone else – including your squirrely little friends! You just put a sweet, homey, magic spell on everything you touch!

  2. Jane says:

    Your porch is just so sweet…I’m glad you posted pics from summer because as a new follower, I missed them. I think it’s neat that you plant lettuce twice, very clever! I hope your furry little friend doesn’t bother it! One of my hanging plants came down as it looked like it had given it’s all and then I was at Home Depot looking at perennials and they had a rack with poor little hanging plants that never sold, for just $3.98! I had just the spot for one that needed a home!

    I agree its too early to have fall things out, a late summer porch is the perfect idea!!


  3. Grandma Kc says:

    Joyce is right — your place just feels homey — that even the squirrels feel right at home. I wish we had a porch…

  4. Love your porch, the squirrels and your gorgeous morning glories, Debra! I hope mine grow that much next year. I need to find some places for them to climb.


    • debralynnpugh says:

      I mostly use twine …as in you can get them going up something a wee bit then tie twine to your porch top or where ever you want them to go. I remember years ago I just tied twine around small rocks to weight it and then had the glories grow up that :) I just love them : )

  5. Laura says:

    Lovely photos! I wish we had squirrels here – give them a wave from the quokkas. :)

  6. Hi Debra!
    I love your front porch –I always wished I had one. Your grandson is a cutie! It has been very hot here still, but I know that won’t last as Colorado often gets it’s first snow in October.

  7. Linda says:

    What a beautiful, welcoming front porch. I love how you took us through the seasons. Your post was like a breath of fresh air. Thank you!

  8. Carol Cook says:

    LOVE your porch and love the Oh, Happy Day sign.

    I wish we had a ‘sitting’ porch, but the entry to our house is the original back door on the alley (long story) so the porch is basic with no place for sitting and enjoying the day.

  9. Thank you for stopping by my blog.
    Oh your porch looks so inviting and pretty. Love the wonderful flowers. I especially enjoyed your little squirrel visitors. How fun to have them come right up on your porch.

  10. You are the Rembrandt of squirrel photos! I expect them to hop out of the screen at me. And you are one heck of a flower gardener too!

  11. Oh happy day!

    What a lovely porch!

    And your little peanut eater is adorable!

    I love the lushness of your vignettes!

    Just lovely.

  12. Shelia says:

    I love your precious porch! Your flowers are beautiful and your little man is so cute too! Thank you so much for popping in to see my dolls.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shleia ;)

  13. Poppy says:


    Your summer porch sure was a sight for sore eyes all this season! What colour, vitality and coziness! I am looking forward to your autumn accents, but your summer pretties are so healthy and thriving still! Hmm. Didn’t know that I could water flowers that look like they need it twice a day! Will give it a shot. Enjoy all your loveliness…I sure am!

    Hope you are having ‘oh’ happy day!:D


  14. It looks so nice and inviting!

  15. A big porch really gives you a lot more space to relax and play! I love the red and green in your cushions. Sweet little squirrel and your grandson is so happy and cute! Enjoy your week! It’s nice weather to enjoy the porch!

  16. Michelle says:

    Ooooh — I love that newspaper print fabric!

    I tried to planover last week, but Hubby took my extra cooked chicken to work for lunch. Next time, I’ll make sure to have something else set aside for him.

  17. Sandi says:

    You have such a nice porch, Debra, and I love all the posies. That squirrel is pretty cute and isn’t it wonderful when they visit? Your grandson is a handsome little guy and I know what you mean about getting his hair buzzed off. My sweet DIL always had her boys’ hair buzzed off, which was a shame because they look so much cuter with hair. Now they are old enough that they have a say in how they wear their hair. Thank goodness they like longer hair because it is sooo cute on them! Wonderful post and thanks for sharing it at my HOME.


  18. Stacey says:

    Your porch is wonderful. Kids, flowers, and squirrels…what more could you want?

  19. Kathy says:

    Charming porch! I love porches, too, and am blessed with two. Love sitting outside when the weather is a little cool. Enjoy your last days of summer.

  20. I so enjoyed the evolution of your front porch! Wonderful reading!

  21. Connie says:

    Oh gosh, I love that front porch! I have been telling my husband how I miss having one, and can we please add one on! So pretty.

  22. Betty says:

    Your porch is so lovely. Is that a Jim Shore gnome? I have one of his, just love his work.

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Betty I had to go look at the bottom…why yes it is! :) I got mine at Lowe’s in late Spring or early summer and I remember wishing that I could have afforded many more ! :) So darn cute! :)

  23. Kathy says:

    You do have a marvelous, old-fashioned porch – love your flowers – I’ll be adding Pansies to my garden soon and most of the others have started to get leggy – looking foward to updates – love your plants, your chalkboard and your newly buzzed grandson – he’s adorable! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  24. Jann Olson says:

    Debra, I love your little white bungalow! The front porch is so welcoming. I have started pulling out a few annuals. Even though the Zinnias were still quite pretty I decided that I needed to start some where. Them and the Petunias are no more. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  25. Susan says:

    Darling post. My Pick of the Week from SYC.

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