Sunday, May 31, 2009

Somewhere over the rainbow...

Whilst we wait for our backyard to be renewed, rejuvenated and made of awesome, we cannot ignore the front side of things.

I want guests to feel welcome as they approach my home and I want to have a place to sit to look out at the glorious mornings.

Our front entrance has a lovely, shaded stoop with a deep overhang that nestles you in. It is wide enough for a bench on one side...



And a few pots on the other…



My guiding word for this space is Verdant. I wanted green with just a few shots of brilliant colour to keep it cheery as well as restful.



I want arriving home at the end of the day to make me smile. I want to smile at my neighbours out walking their dogs and pushing their strollers. I want my little son to know that nature isn’t that place we drive to find. It’s a part of us.



And by and by Christopher Robin came to an end of things, and he was silent, and he sat there, looking out over the world, just wishing it wouldn't stop.
~ Winnie the Pooh

15 comments:

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Your front porch looks very warm and inviting; I like the way you've arranged the green plant on either side, to accent the bench;-)

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

...I meant to say, 'the green plant(S)...as in more than one;-)

The Garden Ms. S said...

Thanks, Jan! I wanted to balance the sides out so that you felt a sense of enclosure in that space - like a hug :)

Northern Shade said...

You made a cozy little spot to sit and enjoy the front yard. The ferns should be happy there.
The front yards in my neighbourhood are full of flowering trees. It's a pretty sight right now.
The plants in my garden seems about two weeks behind previous years.

The Garden Ms. S said...

Northern Shade: I love the flowering trees - they are magical! I want them all :) (note to self: must show restraint!)

I was thinking that the plants seem late this year. I noticed today coming home that some of my neighbour's lilacs are starting to look like they might bloom soon. Can't wait!

Diane Schuller said...

Truly a beautiful place to welcome your guests and for you and your family to enjoy.

Judy said...

It will be fun to see your garden grow through your photos and dialogue.

ruthie said...

your porch looks so very beautiful & very welcoming place indeed

The Garden Ms. S said...

Diane, Judy and Ruthie: Thank you all for visiting my blog! You are so welcome here :)

I think there is something about plants and nature that just soothes us and thrills us at the same time. I want my little piece of the earth to radiate joy and restore the spirit. Now that's not too much to strive for!

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Love the black tall planter. Can't wait to see the continued progress of everything.

PS - I have an award for you on my blog.

-Jackie

The Garden Ms. S said...

Jackie: Thank you for the kinds comments and the award - my first! I will post it very soon.

Cheers,
The Garden Ms. S

tlc illustration said...

"Verdant" is such a great word - and one that I also aspire to in my gardening. I want the whole yard to be so!

You have a lucky child to have a mom who approaches the world that way.

CalgaryGardenCoach said...

Love your pots and bench; very inviting!
Janice

Bay Area Tendrils Garden Travel said...

Ah yes, Winnie the Pooh conjures up lots of warmth and hugs. Congrats on your award!! Alice aka BayAreaTendrils

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