Friday, February 1, 2013

The Winter Porch

 In early December, I went to the wholesale nursery for seasonal plants to decorate our home and side porch for Christmas.
I came home with this little ivy settee that had space to add your potted plants of choice.

 I added narcissus and 6 weeks later, they are still blooming strong.

 For the window boxes, I found rosemary topiaries and red cyclamen, which was fine for Christmas, but now, not so much.

 White cyclamen would have been better for the duration, but what do I do about the topiaries?
Do they scream Christmas?
Can I shape them in to balls?

 I'll admit, the view from the sunroom has been nice.
A real cure for the winter blahs.

 But I think if I had it to do over, I would have put white narcissus between the topiaries and white cyclamen in the ivy settee.

Actually, if those cyclamen were pink...
It's all a moot point as the Winter Porch will soon morph in to the Spring Porch with new plants like pansies, daffodils and tulips!

Happy February!
Aren't you just counting the days until spring?


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22 comments:

The Tablescaper said...

So pretty! Love how you lament the color choices. That settee is so unusual.

- The Tablescaper

Libby said...

The whole effect is so pretty regardless of the color choices. I personally love the touch of red.

Sue said...

Delores I think it all looks wonderful. I have the identical rosemary topiaries and I don't have your problem with the shape because mine are almost dead. The settee is great with the narcissus, but cyclamen would look good too. I think it will be great with some pansies in it.
Just pretend the red cyclamen are for Valentine's and you're all set!
Enjoy your day!
Sue

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

It looks gorgeous, love topiaries... I think the cone shape is fine for any time, maybe with pink or white, like you said, it would look less Christmassy. Your porch is beautiful!

Kathysue said...

Beautiful D!! Love the litte settee, you will have lots of fun with that one in the future. YES!! I am really looking forward to Spring, the hills that surround our home are turning green and it is so beautiful, I noticed buds on my maple tree, the promise of Spring!! Can't wait!
xo Kathysue
Go 49ers!!!

Pat said...

It is 8 degrees here this morning. We are about to begin a back porch project. Your winter porch is beautiful. I enjoyed seeing these images,Delores. Looking forward to seeing your Spring porch.

Marie Wreath said...

Beautiful! What a great winter cheering-up! The red doesn;t look too Christmassy to my eyes, maybe because I'm now gearing up for Valentine's Day...lol Happy late winter to you!

Designs By Pinky said...

Delores, the pirch looks spectacular! I LOVE that little settee, have never seen anything like it! The white or pink cyclymen might be better, but now you will know next year. I don't thibnk the topiaries scream Christmas at all. Have a great weekend. I envy you being able to have anything living outside in winter!!!!!!!!!!

Heather said...

Pink would be darling with the rosemary, even with their cone shape.

Maureen Richmond said...

I like the topiaries. I'm partial to white so I might bring the red cyclamen inside for V-day and put white or pink outside. Love the bench!

myletterstoemily said...

cyclamen and ivy! what a brilliant combo,
and so gorgeous.

Nancy said...

That porch garden is gorgeous and so refreshing to look at on this frigid day here in Virginia! I love your window boxes. Yes, Im counting down til spring!
xo Nancy
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Katherine said...

It all looks pretty and the red cyclamen are perfect for Valentines.
Even when things are planted I don't hesitate to dig them up and move them around. Haven't lost many plants doing this.

Karen said...

Delores,
If you put some pink or white or both in with the rosemary cones I think it will look great. There are lots of junipers that grow naturally in the cone shape, I don't think they have to be just for Christmas. The little ivy settee is charming.
karen

Sarah said...

Delores, your little garden topiary settee is adorable. I like the idea of planing something low or even something that would drape. It's a great piece to have. I found a metal one last year, but it isn't nearly this cute. I need to get it covered with ivy. ;-)
Sarah

sandrajonas.com said...

So charming, love that ivy covered bench!
The Rosemary will grow out if you just let them be, but keep in mind conical topiaries are not just for Christmas.
That porch is delightful.

Donna said...

I love it !! I would leave the rosemary trees as they are!! I love that ivy bench--that will be lots of fun changing it out for the seasons!! Wish I could find one!! Beautiful!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Such a beautiful porch full of green & blooms...gorgeous!
Blessings,
Cindy

Melanie said...

What gorgeous plants! It looks so nice to see so much greenery. Oh, how I long for the warmer weather and views out my window of leafy trees and flowers!

Babs said...

Delores, I actually like the rosemary trees. To me, the tree shape is as classic as the round form. But, I'll bet you could shape them into a round shape with a little trimming. The red cyclamen look great with the pop of color..great for Valentine's Day. The little ivy settee is darling, but I'm with you, and probably would put something shorter like the cyclamen in the settee.
Love the view through the French doors.

Terri ~the dressed up cottage said...

That little ivy settee is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen. It looks darling right now and I'm sure you will have fun playing with as we move into Spring.

Things and Thoughts said...

It's really wonderful all this greenery in the porch. What a delightful view from inside!
I adore rosemary but I've never see it before in cone shape. Don't change anything! It's just beautiful.
Olympia

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