Do you remember when I had these whiskey barrels at the entrance of my side porch? Well I was tired of their placement and decided to use them on the front porch to accent each side of the front door. Hubby wasn’t home that day with the Bobcat so I had to shovel the dirt out of each barrel, stockpile it in 5 gallon buckets, and then muscle the empty barrels onto the front porch, only to repeat the process in the reverse order.
Ordinarily I would have hubby just pick them up with the Bobcat forks and dump them over, but this time I had to do it the hard way. Before it was over the tops of my thighs had brusises all over them. It must have been from the way I carried the barrels, not to mention I bruise easy anyway. I’m so glad I decided to do it I really like the new look.
I’ve always wanted boxwood (just so I can have the trimmings for wreath making) and they were on clearance for the end of the season, so it was the perfect time to buy. I think it will be a nice area for every season. I will have the green of the boxwood all year rounds and I can decorate or plant the rest of the area around it seasonally. Right now the bright yellow mums look so inviting as guests enter the porch. I always think of yellow as a bright, sunny, cheery color and it looks stunning against the dark logs.
My friend Lisa and I, my partner in crime, went on a mission of tracking down Bittersweet vine. It grows wild on the roadsides where I’m from so all we had to do was track some down and start trimming. This is why I always have garden nippers in my purse, for occasions just like this. It turned out to be a simple rustic wreath for the door and it was also quite the adventure.
I wanted new fall pillows for the porch furniture but didn’t want to go shopping or spend a lot so I went through my fabric stash only to remember I had several fall tablecloths. I picked the tablecloth with the leaf pattern and started cutting and sewing. About an hour later I had new fall pillows for the porch and didn’t have to stand in front of a huge fabric selection trying to decided on the perfect pattern. I love it when a project falls into place.
Does anyone have any idea how large I should expect the boxwood to get? I’m not sure if it will outgrow the barrel over time, or if it will only grow as large as the pot allows. Come back Sunday for more outside fall decorating.