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.


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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22 Responses to The Front Porch Over the Years

  1. Poppy says:

    You are surrounded by loveliness from every angle, and every corner, even though these pretties need some prepping when they’re past their prime! Looking forward to your new choices!

    Happy Friday!:))

  2. sally says:

    Your porch is lovely in the pics, and I’m sure whatever you decide for this year it will be splendid as well.

    My great granddaughter planted a few sunflower seeds when she was here last weekend; I’m thinking by looking at yours we made need a trellis of some kind.

  3. Judy Miller says:

    I hate that Bineweed!! I had it at the last place I lived and every year I pulled it all out and sprayed and every spring it came back and twined around my Iris and Lilies. None here, so far. YAY. I once planted Morning Glories at one end of my porch to block out the horrible of the Clampett’s who lived next door. It worked great!!! Have you tried growing the Purple Hyacinth Bean? It is a nice vine–grow in a pot or ground and let climb up a trellis.

    I can’t wait to see what you plant!!

  4. Jill says:

    Oh how I wish I could come over to stitch and visit on either one of your porches.

  5. audrey says:

    Love your flowers on and around your porch. Looks like a wonderful place to sit and relax! I have to battle constantly to keep my husbands work stuff off of our porch and mostly I lose. Ugghh. Porches are for enjoying, not for tripping over stuff scattered around!

  6. Grandma Kc says:

    Your porch is always beautiful. That is truly one thing missing on most California homes — a nice big porch! sigh

  7. Riet says:

    What a beautiful you have. I love all your flowers and the whole setting is so pretty.

  8. Riet says:

    Sorry, I meant to say what a beautiful porch you have.

  9. We had horrible storms roll through this afternoon.

    What a great porch! I always do ferns they don’t drop as much as flowers and I don’t have to water them as often.

    The autumn clematis is gorgeous! I had a neighbor that grew hops up the side of her porch for privacy.

  10. Amy says:

    I’d love a front porch like that! I enjoyed all of your photos, and look forward to this year’s “leaner” look. I wanted to let you know I am doing a little feature on the people who participated in the April photo diary (thanks, again!), and should have it posted tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

  11. Your porch has a look – welcoming. And, that is a beautiful thing. I absolutely love hanging baskets on a porch but besides the petals dropping there is the constant watering. In the last few years, I’ve been putting perennials in wicker planters and they require less maintenance. Not as showy but I guess I’m getting lazy with regard to container maintenance. :-)

  12. Balisha says:

    Love your porch…we sat out on ours this morning and read. Nice thing to do on a Sunday.

  13. Your porch is everything a porch should be…warm, welcoming and BEAUTIFUL!!

  14. Joyce says:

    Your porch stories always make me wish I had one! That picture of your squirrel is a real “Where’s Waldo?” experience! It’s darling!
    The toys, the feeding station, the flowers – everybody wants to be on your front porch!
    I cannot believe I missed these posts – I’m not sure they came through email for me – I’ll be checking that out you can be sure of it!

  15. Shenita says:

    What a lovely porch setting! All of your flowers are just lovely.

  16. Your porch is fabulous, but nothing can compare to that precious little guy. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  17. I love your front porch! It’s so welcoming with all the beautiful flowers.
    Mary Alice

  18. Mary Feguson says:

    Love your front porch with all the lovely flowers and your cute little grandson.
    Thank you so much for sharing all of your lovely flowers. Have a great weekend. Boy we sure need rain.

  19. Jody says:

    Your front porch is just gorgeous! Love all the flowers everywhere! So inviting! Thanks so much for sharing. Love your little helper, what a sweet grandson!

  20. Sherry says:

    It looks lovely! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

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