Monday, May 14, 2012

Flowers on the Front Porch


 I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!  

We've had some summer showers, and yesterday I actually got a nap, which was a pretty nice Mother's Day present, especially to the sound of rain.  (smile)


 We've done some work in our front yard this spring, including moving our driveway, removing our front shrub bed, and painting a little of the porch.


 Our plan is low-maintenance, so my handy husband built four flower planters for our front porch.  Other than a few hydrangea shrubs and the flowers in the planters, everything else will (eventually) be grass in the front yard. 


 I finally finished painting the planters and we went out and bought soil and annuals.  I think they turned out to be such a pretty addition to our porch and I can't wait for the flowers to grow and fill in. 


We have some sod to lay in the front and a tiny bit more painting and then I think we are done with our outdoor improvements (for this year anyway)!  


After the rain it seemed like everything in the garden grew at least a few inches and our hydrangea bush by the front porch is decked out in blooms.


 I just love the variety in color.

It's so challenging to get a picture where both girls are smiling!
Such a nice relaxing weekend... maybe a little too relaxing since all I accomplished on my to-do list was planting some flowers!

I am so thankful for my little family and feel so blessed to be the mother of two beautiful, sweet, healthy girls.  I always knew I wanted to have children, but could never have imagined how much joy they would bring!

Did you do anything special for Mother's Day or did you just enjoy time with your family?

26 comments:

  1. We also spent the weekend at the nursery purchasing annuals and boxwoods for our front porch. Your new planters look wonderful! Didn't get a chance to plant everything yet because the rain has now come to our area so I've been enjoying listening to it all day. (Your girls are just beautiful!)

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    1. Flower boxes are always such a nice addition to any space. Your pic of you and your girls is just so precious!

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  2. Your daughters are beautiful just like their Mom! Your porch is look great too. I planted some Lavender and Rosemary over the weekend.

    Gretchen

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  3. Such a beautiful picture of you and your girls. I didn't get a nap but it was very relaxing. Thanks for sharing your flowers. Love them.

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  4. What a great handyman you have...the planters turned out beautifully! Love all your hydrangeas, too. But that photo of you & the girls...absolutely adorable. Gorgeous family!

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  5. Love the planters. The picture of you and the girls is just precious.
    I got to talk with all of my children and spent the day with my mother. I also got to spend Saturday with two of my granddaughters. They are a blessing. Now one has scarlet fever. We are hoping we aren't next, hah.

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  6. Oh my, the picture with the girls is just stunning!!!!!
    Love the planters.
    Happy mothers day!
    XO
    Kristin

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  7. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the picture of you and the girls!!! So proud that you are my daughter and that I've got the two most beautiful grand-daughters in the world!

    Love, Mom!

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  8. How interesting to see mother/daughter bloggers! Perhaps, one day, one of those adorable girls will make it three generations of bloggers. Love your planters! ~ Maureen

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  9. Beth@thedailyparagraphMay 15, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    My oldest daughter had very blonde hair, and then her sister came along with red hair.
    They both ended up with dark brown eyes (their father's side). Love the photo. Enjoying your blog.

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  10. yes!
    my kind of mamas day;)
    your front porch is swooney..ER now!

    I spend the afternoon planting a flat of flowers and two bushed.

    love,love,love

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  11. Thanks for sharing at cowgirl up. Your family is so beautiful. The girls are darling. Oh, and I love your new planters too. What an awesome husband to build those for you. And glad you got a nap, I got one on our deck by the creek on Mother's day. (I put a bed out there. Oh yes I did!

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  12. Thank you so much for coming by and linking up to the garden party. The picture of you and your girls is beautiful!

    I love the boxes your husband made and they will be gorgeous when the flowers grow and fill the space.

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  13. We spent the weekend playing in the dirt too. Your porch looks beautiful! I love the photo of you and the girls on the porch swing! xo

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  14. I love container gardening....I will plant flowers in just about anything. I have a gardening tips post up right now on my blog...check it out. I am your newest follower and would love it if you would follow me back. http://smallholdings.blogspot.com
    Sherron

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  15. What a sweet post...your girls are precious. I too had a great Mother's Day with my two girls. It was rainy and low key but a good day :) Love the flower boxes, geraniums and hydrangeas are some of my favorites!

    Tammie

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  16. There is a suprise for you at the end of today's post :) Send me an e-mail with your info so I can have her ship all the goodies.
    XO
    Kristin

    Kristinsalazar@yahoo.com

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  17. You and your girls are just gorgeous!! So glad you had as relaxing mother's day. We mom's deserve that little rest and relaxation on occasion, don't we? Love the boxes your hubby made and LOVE the hydrangeas. You will have to dry some and use them inside. I love dried hydrangeas.

    Blessings, friend.

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  18. Your boxes and flowers are lovely, but not as lovely as you and your daughters.

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  19. Thank you so much for sharing this post with the newbie party. It is a gorgeous photo as well of you and your daughters.

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  20. Hi Andrea!

    I just discovered your blog via The Farmhouse Porch (we were both featured this week in the Cowgirl Up Party) and it's been an utter delight to read--and ooh and ahh over the photos of your gorgeous homestead. So glad you had such a lovely Mother's Day; your little ones are precious!

    Take care,
    Erin
    Carolina Country Living

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  21. I am really enjoying your blog and photos! Here from The Farmhouse Porch, and now following :)

    Tanya
    http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/

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  22. Very pretty! Love the planters and the mix of colors. That photo of you and the girls is darling. Oh, and I adore the porch swing!

    :)

    Linda

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  23. I love your planters! Do you have any basic directions on how you built them (size, type of wood, etc)? And did you put the dirt directly into the planters or did you line them first and if so, what did you line them with?

    Thanks!
    Katherine :)

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    1. Hi Katherine - Thank you so much! I don't have any directions on my blog, but they were built out of pressure treated pine and then painted. We painted the inside with a special paint (I can't recall what it was, sorry!) and then lined with weed fabric. So far they've held up pretty well!

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