Friday, July 9, 2010

Summer's Bounty

Each year I hang Boston ferns on the front porch.
I have tried hanging flowers in pots, they do well for a couple of months, and then before Summer is over, I have to replace them.
By a series of trial and error, I find the ferns not only last the entire Summer, but are still flourishing through Halloween and until the first hard frost comes along.

This wonderful Summer bounty is the product of my son-in-law's hard work.
I just had to pat him on the back.
The garden lies behind his home, similar to an allotment plot, not very big, but he tends it daily and has become quite the gardener.
Doesn't it all look lusciously good !


donna baker said...

If you put your ferns in teh garage for the winter and water them occasionally they will be bigger and more beautiful next summer. You SOL is quite a gardener.

Sandra said...

a front porch like that has always been on my desire list. and i love that double rocker. a wonderful porch and the ferns are perfect. my grandmothers porches, back and front had ferns everywhere. and rockers and a swing.

Milah said...

The veggies and porch are both lovely!

Jill of All Trades said...

Yummy, yummy. I so love summer and the bounty it brings.

DJan said...

I've said it before, but you have the most beautiful porch I've ever seen. And those ferns certainly add to it. I never get tired of looking at your lovely porch. And those incredible veggies? Yum!

Shayla said...

The produce looks lovely as does your porch, it must be heaven to sit out there and relax.

Tina Eudora said...

Jo I love ferns too they are so refreshing and cool to look at on a hot day and the way they sway in the breeze is so beautiful.
I save mine also through the winter Donna, I am one of those people who buys the saddest looking flowers at the store and brings them home to "save".
Oh Jo I too love the "Out of Africa" soundtrack, just so beautiful! (I always pictured figure skating to that song all alone on the Rideau Canal outside Ottawa Canada):)
Tina xo

Barbara Anne said...

Lovely porch and ferns! I love the views from our porch so much that none of my potted plants and flowers are hanging.

Applause on the great bounty of fresh veggies! Our corn isn't ready yet but is about 18' tall!

Wishing you a lovely rainfall!

Jill said...

Your porch looks very inviting. Your SIL is a fantastic gardener! Beautiful produce.

Petrus said...

It certainly does look very good ...

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I love your ferns, Jo. I have noticed them in other pictures you have posted. They are just gorgeous... I don't have many places to hang ferns --although I love them. I hung one one year out in the back under a big tree and it did pretty good... But--you have the perfect long porch (which is fairly shady) to hang them ... Yours are beautiful.

Your son-in-law is becoming a great gardener... Those veggies look delicious.

Cass @ That Old House said...

I ADORE ferns on front porches; we hang 4 each summer. First summer here, 4 Boston ferns. gorgeous. Second summer here, 2 Boston and 2 asparagus ferns. Discovered the asparagus ferns grew bigger, needed far less water, and didn't drip old fronds on the porch floor. So this year, our 3rd at the old house? It's 4 asparagus ferns for us!

I completely agree with you -- the ferns are the best; they last till almost Thanksgiving even here in northern NJ.

I would have wintered them over, but they were TOO BIG!

AshTreeCottage said...

Hi Jo! Your ferns are fabulous! Your son-in-law is a born farmer. What can be better than fresh veggies from the garden. Enjoy!!

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley

Flat Creek Farm said...

I love your porch! 'Way to go' to your son-in-law on that wonderful bounty! -Tammy

Deanna said...

Lovely porch!!!
Porches are a welcomed addition to so many houses. I sure enjoy ours...and will be delighted when it is completely finished. Hubby is working on it and hopes to be done soon.

Ferns are beautiful plants,

bennie and patsy said...

Ferns make the porch more southern:
Love the picture of a summer day and the veggies

Mary Lou said...

I've always loved and longed for a porch with ferns. It's so southern. I'm wondering what type of light they get there.
If I had a biscuit with one of those tomatoes...oh boy!
Love your music too.

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

How lucky you are Jo to have a son who likes to garden...and it seems he likes to share his produce too! Looks like you've got the makings of a good tomato sandwich! ;)

Cheyenne said...

Goodness---your front porch is out of a magazine. Those ferns are beautiful!

It looks like your blog is full of all sorts of lovely things.

midwesttomidlands said...

Love it!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Your front porch is really lovely and brings back such good memories of sitting on my Grandfather's porch. He always had ferns hanging on his too and we spent hours sitting, swinging and waving at cars that drove past.

The garden harvest is off to a good start, and it's making my mouth water to look at! :-)

Jeri Landers said...

You've a grand porch! I have big problems with hanging plants, no matter what they are, even those stupid petunias! So, I say, enjoy em while they are alive and then stick em in the ground somewhere. Maybe, just maybe, they will revive>

Sunny said...

What a magnificent front porch; that is one thing I really miss from our old house.
The veggies look wonderful, I can only hope our garden does as well.
☼ Sunny

Robynn's Ravings said...

Everything aBOUT this looks lusciously good. I want to sit in your rocking chair on that exquisite front porch, listen to your music, and get to know my new friend. :)