Fall is a favorite time to add color to the front porch. Ornamental cabbage, kale, and mums are favorite additions to flower beds, consequently, they are often used to decorate before adding them into the landscape.
I planted annuals in the urns that sit on our front step. The ivy needed cut back because it tends to get carried away. It trails across the front steps to add greenery in all seasons.
The asparagus ferns graced the yellow pots all summer. They were replaced with the large mums. Mums were selected to peak this weekend because we have company coming in. If I keep up with deadheading, the blooms will last over a month, maybe longer! The ferns can stay out until late December in a typical winter and then will take refuge in the basement. Heirloom pumpkins, mums, kale, swiss chard and cabbage were staggered on the steps.
These photographs show our trim that is being painted in stages. October is my month to get back to paint prep. Husband doesn’t mind painting so generally scraping is my job. Can you see how far I could reach from the little balcony? That bright yellow on the balcony fades to the yellow on the wraparound porch. We’re going with a brighter white on our trim and 21 of the 24 columns on the porch have been scraped, repaired and painted! The front set of three columns on the right are the last to be prepped and finished this fall. I’m hoping to get the front entryway complete before the weather gets too cold. Declaring it to you, will help me confirm my goal. It usually takes longer than I expect, because there is typically more repair than meets the eye, and I have a tendency to get distracted by the gardens.
October is one of my favorite months. I hope you enjoy it to the fullest! I’m off to do some baking, one of the joys of this time of year.
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17