Our front porch is more of a courtyard really. It has a brick wall which separates it from the street and our front windows provide a lovely view of the empty fountain and ... old bench ... and ... bricks.
I have meant to plant it in the way of the New Orleans courtyards. What stopped me is that I was waiting for some extra money.
After over 10 years of waiting I finally figured out there is never extra money for plants and pots so I turned to my new favorite technique: amortizing purchases.
It worked for the new TV ("if we keep this TV for 20 years, we're crazy not to make this investment!).
It worked too for these plant which I finally gave in and bought a few weeks ago. Hannah went with me and, knowing my nurturing style, would cry in triumph "No deadheading required!" or "Water weekly in case of drought conditions!" or "Easy care plant!" as she drew my attention to the various selections.
She was also careful to look for butterfly attracting plants and we have already seen a few adventurers on the porch. It turns out I have a liking for native plants ... which helps on keeping them alive.
Among our treasures:
- African Iris (this was our big ticket item)
- Herbs: Genoese basil, Thai basil, thyme, rosemary, sage (this reminds her of my mother's house and garden), cilantro
- Balloon flowers (blue)
- Coneflowers (purple) ... this smells heavenly
- Echinacea (an orangey-yellow type called Harvest Moon)
- Some sort of vine-ish plant which I should be able to train to grow over the wall and will be covered with white flowers
Ah well, onward and upward!