May 8, 2014

Flowers on the Deck

As soon as the calendar switches to May
I feel like we are finally safe from overnight frost around here.

Time to start filling those pots!

I went on a flower shopping spree the other day
to freshen up my back deck!
I can't add many flowers to my actual yard
since the deer eat almost everything!

As you can see, the deck was a bit sad looking...
Actually it is sad looking in more ways in one.  Normally, we would be power washing the deck and then re-staining it once it starts to look like this.  But this year we are leaving it.  We plan to tear off the deck and replace it with an addition and patio...well that plan goes along with my kitchen remodel and I am so overwhelmed with the decisions that we have done nothing so far.  So I am living with the sad looking deck this year.

But I am not living with
 the sad-looking remains of last year's plants anymore!
 So once the weather warmed up, I started freshening things up.

I started with the flowers
 but I plan on buying some throw pillows to liven up these cushions.
You can read about that HERE.

I pulled out this plant stand from the garage,
cleaned it up and bought some geraniums.

I filled the pots with coffee filters.
This helps keep the wet soil from dripping through the bottom.
Last time I used these pots, I remember wishing I had done this.

Geraniums love the sun
and my deck gets full sun - all day!

 So nice to have the plant stand filled up again.


I also replaced last year's climbing plant with a new one.
This is a "Mandevilla" and I buy one at Home Depot every spring.
They are annuals but they bloom the entire season.
Even I can take care of this one without much trouble!

And to add more pink...
Petunias!

I have had this urn for years and I love the way it looks all filled up!
I just bought a hanging petunia plant and stuck it in.

A few easy additions can make a huge difference!

And now I can sit and enjoy a glass of wine out here in the evenings.

But probably not tonight...
or the next night...
We are having some rain for the next few days.

At least I don't have to remember to water the new flowers!

Have you bought any spring flowers?

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20 comments:

  1. Your deck looks beautiful! What big plans you have, and I totally get how overwhelming it can be to make so many decorating and building decisions all at once. I also know how wonderful it is to sit on the deck after planting all the pots for spring, and you're enjoying a glass of wine and imagining warm summer evenings and bbq's to come! The best!

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  2. Your flowers bring your deck so much cheer, you are inspiring me to get going on my pots now that the ORC is behind me! I love mandevilla too and always put one at the bottom of my deck stairs….it eventually climbs up the rails and I love that! Your hot pink and purple petunias are really pretty……maybe I will do that this year! Thanks for the inspiration….hope you can enjoy a glass of wine out there soon!

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  3. Your before deck looks way better than mine. Ours needs to be cleaned and painted and I haven't planted the first flower out there. Yours looks nice.

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  4. Beautiful combination, Shelley!! I could use your touch on my deck, it's in sad shape and I'm hosting brunch for Mother's Day! Yikes!

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  5. Looks great. I tried to buy some petunias the other day at Lowe's but was disappointed in the quality. Their plants are usually good. I am ready for flowers, too, so have to look somewhere else so I can get my boxes planted.

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  6. I love your beautiful deck Shelley. The flowers are all so pretty. I hope the sun comes out for Sunday.

    Happy Mother's Day!

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  7. Lots of gorgeous summer color sprucing up your deck! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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  8. Your flowers look so pretty, Shelley! Just as you are starting to add color and bring life to your outdoor spaces, we are seeing our outdoor time quickly coming to a close.....sniff, sniff. Some things will hang in there for a bit longer, like mums that were planted last fall and are in full bloom again, but even regular watering won't save everything from our "Sahara Desert" heat that is quickly approaching.

    Hope you have a lovely Mother's Day!

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  9. Very pretty! Good luck with your remodeling plans!

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  10. Disposable diapers work well in pots too! They retain moisture when you aren't able to water regularly.

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  11. Such pretty flowers, I like to do pots too. Visiting from Saturday Sparks

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  12. Visiting from Saturday Sparks. I looked around your blog, and I really like it! Adding you to my Bloglovin list.

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  13. Pretty pinks and perfect for all sun. Fertilize every few waterings and they will become big and bountiful.Isn't it amazing how flowers in our environment can boost our state of mind? Enjoy the planning stage of your projects!

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  14. Your deck looks great with all of your pretty pink flowers. It's so nice to see color after the awful winter we just went through. I am just planting some of my pots this week so I can't wait. Thanks for sharing.
    Kristi

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  15. Your deck is wonderful and I love your new flowers. So pretty. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me

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  16. You've chosen some of my favorite plants and colors - looks wonderful! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  17. Love all the flowers...We just bought a mandevilla this year and I love it!

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  18. Loving all your flowers! I actually just planted a bunch today too! Thanks for linking up to the party!
    XO
    Kristin

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