Front Porch Appeal - May Day Porches
Issue #57 May 2014May is a month when it has warmed enough for just about everyone to enjoy your porch. You can find Mary and I most mornings enjoying our cup of coffee on our front porch. Now's the perfect time to start planning or doing your spring and summer projects.
We also want to remember our fallen soldiers as Memorial Day is fast approaching. We enjoy decorating our porch in red, white, and blue as our means of honoring those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.
In Memoriam - photo courtesy of Beverly and Pack
In Flanders Fields
Mary and I try to visit a veteran's cemetery on Memorial Day to pay our respects. If you have the opportunity we recommend you do also. Take your children or grandchildren and turn it into a learning moment. The inscriptions on the headstones provide a wealth of historical information about the men and women who served so bravely.
Be Porch Proud!May is the perfect time of year to not only enjoy time on your porch but decorate it as well. Our May issue celebrates spring and the approaching holidays as Mary shows you how to easily cover your existing porch pillows or cushions for Memorial Day and other holidays as well.
In addition, we'll share some construction tips along with landscaping ideas from nationally recognized landscape and garden photographer J. Paul Moore and introduce our newest member of The Porch Ideas Network.
Patriotic Front Porches
Remembering Memorial Day and the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrificeSee more of our patriotic porch pictures
Easy Patriotic Decorating IdeaUse Mary's quick and easy idea to add some red, white, and blue to your porch for Memorial Day.
She wrapped our existing porch pillows with red, white, and blue bandannas by pinning them to the backs of the pillows. Bandanna are inexpensive and come in all kinds of colors and patterns so you can use this idea any time of year.
See our page on patriotic porches for more details and other ideas you can use for your front porch.
Front Porch Landscaping IdeasMary and I had the pleasure of visiting with J. Paul Moore, a professional landscape and garden photographer, about landscaping ideas for your front porch.
One of Paul's suggestions is to bring nature "up close and personal" by by hanging humming bird feeders close to the porch and planting fragrant flowers to capture prevailing winds.
Also, keep space between your porch railings and your landscaping.
This gives you space to walk behind your plants for easy maintenance.
Fragrant Rhododendron Austrinum
When designing walk ways, Paul likes to place them a sufficient distance from the house so as to layer the plantings on either side.
Much more inviting than lining the walkway with only shrubs.
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