Side Porch Updates

A few weeks ago I posted a list of things that I wanted to accomplish on the side entrance to our home before fall. 

This list was pretty short:  find or make a planter box for the new porch landing, install a new hose holder, and build a path from the sidewalk to our hose.

May I refresh your memory?

A new hose holder was a quick and easy first project.  The next thing that I accomplished in this area was to build a path from the sidewalk to our hose using Greenstone from my stash.  Greenstone used to be mined in my town and is no longer available, so I’m glad that I have my stash from our former patio to use for projects like this.  Digging these stones out of the mud, washing them, and then moving them from the backyard to the front of the house is how I reinjured my back.  I guess I’m willing to suffer to complete a project!  I know that four stones doesn’t look like that much work, but these babies are heavy!
Mr. SP made a cedar planter for our landing.  It holds two plastic planter boxes which will make it super easy to change plantings with the season.  When he finished making the planter there were no annuals available in our area, so I transplanted Petunias from a pot to this planter.  I’ll switch over to something more fallish in a few weeks.  I keep telling Mr. SP that he should open an Etsy shop.  Don’t you think that people would buy pretty handcrafted planters like this one?
The only thing left to do in this area is to finish the landscaping.  I’m still deciding what I want to plant in the area between the Liriope and the Boxwood.  Most likely I’ll put in some perennials for color.  I’ll worry about that either later this fall or in 2011.
Let’s look at a full “after” shot of this area.  Do you see the Liriope that didn’t make it?  Luckily I bought two extra in case I needed them. 
Getting my “to do” list done before fall makes me happy!


  1. I know you are happy to get these things crossed off your list. Yes, Mr. Sp should go into business. I am sure he could get a few orders locally as well. Funny you should mention your liriope. I have had mine in for several years and this year was absolutely devastating. I probably have a dozen to replace while some others are blooming fabulously now.

  2. It is always such a sense of accomplishment when you cross things off the “to do” list. Your side porch looks great.

  3. Your porch looks so pretty.

    I didn’t know liriope could die. 🙂 Around here, if you pull it up you better take care how you dispose of it. If you throw it on the ground somewhere it will grow there. You don’t even have to bury the roots.

  4. It does look gorgeous! The planter boxes are really nice. I’m sure they would sell.

    Have a good day Paula and I hope you back is well! ~Melissa 🙂

  5. The planter is lovely, but I bet Mr. SP just wants to make them for you. Lucky girl.

    I so admire you for making these goals, and actually following through! You are getting so much accomplished! It looks great!

  6. Wow…everything looks gorgeous! I love the path, very original and the planter boxes are SO sweet! 🙂


  7. It looks wonderful. Love the planter and the steps are fantastic too. Great job. Hugs, Marty

  8. Paula, that looks awesome! And yes, I do think people would buy planters like that–it’s beautiful. What a good idea to keep the plants in plastic pots inside the wood!

  9. Yay!! Everything looks great, and that planter is fabulous!!!! Wow!! Mr. SP should totally do an Etsy. 🙂

  10. It looks so good! Mr. SP did a fabulous job on the planter’s box. It’s beautiful!!! He should definitely etsy!! Your flowers are pretty. Hope your back is feeling better.

  11. It looks fantastic! Your husband should definitely open an Etsy chop!

    Be careful with your back! I hope it is feeling better soon.

    Your place is really looking fabulous.

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