Given the amount of work we are taking on outside this summer (we just completed a project this weekend that I hope to share soon but if you follow me on instagram you might already have seen it), I decided to keep it simple and use Dragon Wing Begonias and Sweet Potato Vine. A friend of mine plants this variety of begonia each year and I always love the look, so I decided to give them a try.
This begonia is pretty flexible, as it can withstand a wide range of sun, from 2 - 8 hours. Further, it blooms continuously throughout the summer and it should fill the baskets out nicely:
Here is a picture I took recently, when all of the spring trees were in bloom, looking out our front door in this same direction (I'm kind of jealous of our neighbors gorgeous landscaping):
I started by moving my two planters to our side entry - which is the entry which is most often used as well as most often neglected. Here is where it started:
And here it is now:
Here is what the planters looked like when I started:
I stopped liking the color of these planters about two seconds after I bought them. I actually wanted to toss them and start over, but given the money we are spending to update our perennials I decided to give them a refresh with a little paint - I chose a grey-ish charcoal:e
I actually wanted a darker charcoal color than this, but not badly enough to paint them again. As for the annuals, I added a fern for height and lobelia as a filler flower and for added color. Finally, I love the lime colored sweet potato vine so added that to spill over the container:
Next, I added these coat hooks to create a little more function at this door:
I bought these hooks - from Hobby Lobby - for our mudroom but I decided they were too small. I was stuck with them since I tossed the receipt and then decided to add them right by this door for wet towels. SOOOO, originally I had this brilliant idea that I would also use these hooks to hang my garden tools. It was really convenient and I liked them hanging right there, but then my husband pointed out that it would make it really simple for someone to grab a sharp object and crash through the glass so I decided to move them.....
I'm not fully convinced on his argument, because I don't like being wrong, but I guess he kind of has a point....
SOOO....instead of the garden tools, I added this lantern specifically for the picture....I've actually been dying to hang this lantern on a hook ever since I bought the pair, I can't really explain why.....
Finally, we added hooks and more ferns to hang on our garage:
I really hoped I would have had our deck and pergola ready to share by now. I've purchased curtains and rods to add this year, but time just got the best of us and we've had to put off hanging it all.....ANNNDD...my indecisive nature has led me to second guess exactly how we will be hanging them. So, until we have more progress to share, I will leave you with a few looks at the deck as it stands today:
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