Wednesday, May 20, 2009

A Purty Front Door--A Tutorial!

Finally, I've worked on "beautifying" my front door! It only took until mid-May!! Better late than never! I found this darling little basket at a local nursery--and used my handy dandy $5.00 coupon to purchase it for only $8.00!!!! Look at that darlin' bow made from twisted sticks!! Who woulda thunk? First, line the cute little basket with a yard/trash bag to hold the plants! You don't want the dirt to come out each time you water it! Just tuck the bag down so you don't see it!!

Add some good potting soil! Do not use dirt that your kids play in! You never know what you might find in there!

Now, find you some plants! I went back to Martin's Nursery rather than hitting Lowes or HD. The folks there KNOW what they are doing! They KNOW how to help you coordinate colors and textures. And, they KNOW the names of millions of plants! Plus, they color-coded everything this season! I love it!!! All of the yellow flowers are on one table, the purples on another, pink, reds, whites...you get it! What a great idea!Tuck in the first plant--the tall one--in the back.

Add your second plant on one side.
Stick the third plant, which is a trailing flower, on the other side. I kept the little plastic sticks with the names of these flowers just in case you were interested! The long, leggy purple is Verbena Imagination. The variegated one is Licorice Splash which is Helichrysum Petiolare (Can you even pronounce that cute thing?). And, the trailer is Calibrachoa--again, a cute yellow flower whose name I do not dare try to say!! Put all of these sun-loving plants together and hang on your front door--or back door--or gate!! Your choice!
Now, I have done my first yard tutorial! I can always do one on weeding the beds, but that would simply be too boring! Can you guess what I'm going to do after supper tonight??? I promise to spare you the excitement!
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations! Isaiah 61:11 I LOVE how God has a word for all that we do!!
I'm winding down my subbing for the school year. Just two weeks left! I will be working Thursday and Friday this week with some fun third graders! Friday night, we kick off our swim team season with a mock meet and a pizza party. I'll be celebrating another birthday with over 50 friends at the pool!! Hubby is making my favorite cake--sour cream pound cake! How do I know this? He sweetly asked me this morning to pull out the recipe and to make sure that we had all of the ingredients!! :)
Hugs!
Susan

16 comments:

Carol said...

Wow! That is beautiful! Thanks for sharing about your mama. I don't know many diabetics who got it as a child (Type 1). It's always good to hear of some who are in their older years. Thank you! :)

Farmgirl Paints said...

Just lovely! It really adds so much to your front door. That's on my to do list this weekend. We've finally gotten warm enough for some flowers. I need to pretty the place up:)

Joy in The Truth said...

Beautiful! I mean....Purty! :)

Empty Nest Full Life said...

The basket is beautiful! and an early Happy Birthday to you! Last day of school here is Fri, and unfortunately I was unable to sub Monday. Looking forward to some summer projects. Have a fun time at the pool. Jackie

On Purpose said...

Your front door looks beautiful!

Kimba said...

Yay! It's beautiful! I love that basket and I can't wait to see how it looks when it's all filled in.

Kimba

Melanie said...

Naw, that ain't purty.
That's REAL purty!
Melanie@Bella~Mella

coco said...

I love it...the trash bag as a liner is a great idea, I will have to remember that for my window boxes!

Wendy said...

What a darling little basket of flowers!! Girlie, you are too cute. I have been working hard on getting our front porch to look lovely, too. Actually got a compliment on it the other day...don't you love that you can make someone's visit to your home that much more special by simply adding beauty to their first glance!! :) Love it, love it!

If you felt like doing a remote blog special, you can drive up here and weed my flower beds and write about it. HA!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Beautiful. Great find on the basket. I love flowers. Love 'em. With my new home, I have several "holes"...spots that are bare and need a plant. I'm very maticulous with bying the right color, size, type of perennial. I do annuals in two pots only. I tend to get too much purple so I'm being careful to get red, orange, yellow. I wish I could find some good blue.

I think I've decided to get a hydrangea for sure...that's kind of blue. I miss my pink hydrangea.

See, what you started. You get me talking plants and I won't shut up.

The Patterson 5 said...

Beautiful and oh so creative!

Jennifer said...

That's awesome! What a lovely blog you have here ...

Rachel Olsen said...

Hey Dooh Nasus, that's one purty front door you got there! Want to come do mine for me?

Smiles ~ Neslo

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Gracious, I could almost see myself doing something like this ... that's saying something! Although, with a front door like yours, who needs flowers?!

Beautiful, both the door and the planting. Enjoy your wrap up to the school year!

peace~elaine

christy rose said...

Wow! Your door looks Great!

I just stopped over from Beth's. This post was really good and informative. I did not get much time to look around and check out some of your other writings and I would like to come back and visit again.

Christy Rose

Joyful said...

Ok...I'm a little late reading this...how are the flowers hanging in there? Still blooming? It looks lovely!!!!! And I love the colour of your front door!!!

Hugs,
Joy