Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Flowers and a Little Back Porch Beauty

A home decorator I am not. I like things that look clean, neat and organized and I know what colors I like and what looks good to me, but I guess with most all of my energy over the years (the last 27 to be precise) going to the raising of 8 children, homeschooling, learning to run a home and all that my life style entails.. well, decorating just has been at the bottom of the list.

 However, I do like flowers. I have found that flowers can make any area look pretty, cared for and homey. During the spring and summer I like to pick wild flowers on my property and put them in vases in my home. Right now I have really been enjoying the wildflowers that are growing on the hillside below our house…

Can’t ask for better decorating than that!!! :)

I always plant lots of flowers in my garden. My dad’s favorite flowers were zinnias. For years I have planted them in my garden and would cut them and bring them in the house. When I planted my packet of zinnias in my garden this year I thought of my dad and what a great way this is for me to remember him all summer long.

When I planted my seed starts in the spring I planted some impatients. They are a small and pretty flower that grows well in the shade. I have been tending to my little impatients now for a few months and they are growing well. I have them sitting in pots on my back porch steps.

I live in an old house that is in need of repair in many areas. We have done a lot of work to our home since we bought it, but it is still a work in progress. My back porch is a little sad looking. It really needs a face lift, but for now it is at the bottom of the project to-do list. But, nonetheless I cleaned off my back porch this summer, took the pressure washer to clean off the cement stairs and washed the porch (rain and dirt equals lots of mud after a yucky wet spring like we had).. and put my pots of impatients around the steps. Aww.. I loved it.. it gave my sad looking back porch a little touch of beauty and homey love…

I am always amazed at how much flowers can add to a home, no matter what the condition.. ~smile~


  1. what beauty you've surrounded yourself with!!

  2. Crystal...this is so true. I had to laugh when I read your post, because I've said the same thing about flowers. It really can make any building or home look more beautiful!!!! I like the ones that you posted here. They're really pretty and bright. Have a lovely rest of the week. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  3. Your back porch looks inviting!

    Flowers do make a big difference in anything. I often forget about that when things begin to look dreary... thanks for the reminder. :)

  4. I think your back porch is just fine! I love to see flowers but I can't make them grow. Maybe when I'm done raising kids I"ll have more time to put into them. We have lots of bugs and a hard ground to deal with and I just don't have the time it takes to care for them to grow.

  5. Your porch looks great! Love the flowers!


  6. i loved the picture of your house-you don't post pictures of it, just of your property, so that was a treat to see it. i like the lap siding.
    your back porch is sweet.
    joanna :)

  7. You are my role model! You make homesteading look fun and unique. My homestead is a budding endeavor and appreciate what you've done and how you've done it! And I totally relate to the fact that all your busy life makes decorating a low priority. I'm not alone!!! Halleluia!

  8. Is that sweet pea growing wild along that hillside? We have the same thing in our yard, if so! Pink like yours, but I got a variant, a beautiful white one too. Amazing. I cut some flowers off and placed them on top of my mom's birthday cake this year. We have the same color impatiens this year too.

  9. Crystal, I love the wild flowers you have growing around your house. They are very pretty! I also like the potted flowers you have on your back porch. All looks so nice!


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