Saturday, April 16, 2011

Ferns and Lavender

Because I don’t have a very green thumb, I tend to use a lot of ferns in the summertime to decorate with.
I also like to plant my herbs in pots and use them on my deck for cooking purposes and for pretty purposes. 
So far, I have two ferns on my front porch.
This one in my great old wash tub…

washstand

washstand 2
And this one on a plant stand that once was green, then black, and now beautiful white…
The fern sits in a great old galvanized bucket.
fern stand 1
The little gray shutter was pulled off the side of the road from someone’s throw away pile.
Thanks Mr. and Mrs. for your trash.
I went to a yardsale this morning and found nothing that I needed to buy, but I did spot a beautiful hydrangea bush that was huge and gorgeous.
I very nicely asked the lady of the house if she would mind if I took a couple of blooms home with me to admire and she curiously and graciously said yes.
Thanks to this Mrs. as well.
hydrangea
The vintage wire basket came from the Nashville Flea which is where a bunch of my treasures come from.
porch
My lavender is the only herb I have planted so far.  The others are in little peat pots growing on my kitchen table.
lavender 1
This great old yellow step stool was an unearthed treasure from an estate sale I went to last weekend.  I did some major digging in an old nasty shed that day and brought home some pretty neat stuff.
lavender 2
Lavender and ferns are it so far this season, but oh there are more things to come.
More ferns… more herbs… and then comes my vegetable garden…(which my husband has most control of because of that thumb I was telling you about.)
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Adding more items to my Etsy shop today, including some great burlap totes that my very talented mama made. 
Check them out when you have a chance at Amys All Things Home.

Heading over to Donna's at Funky Junk Interiors for her galvanized party!  Hooray!!!
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32 comments:

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

Love it Amy, I have that same chair in red, need to go and dig it out!

Al said...

Love this post. That old step stool brings back memories. Growing up, we had a red one in my kitchen. All six of us kids, took turns sitting on it, and watching all that took place in that room. You have a lovely porch, and the plants look very happy there. Have a great day.

Regina from The Queenly Abode said...

Hi Amy, everything thing looks beautiful. I haven't planted anything yet, we keep having bad storms. Hopefully last night was the end, so I can get to it next week.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the ferns and the herbs. Ferns just will not grow here outside. When it gets to 120 and 0% humidity they just curl up and die. I love them. Sure wish I could grow one. Yours look fabulous. Love that old washtub. Hugs, Marty

Vintage Gal said...

Oh I absolutely adore ferns ~ I love yours in the old wash tub. Everything looks just gorgeous. ;-)

Debbie said...

I sure enjoyed seeing someone else's stuff for awhile! Love your plantings, your findings and your front porch.
Deb

Blondie's Journal said...

Your porch is just beautiful, Amy. I love ferns and if I didn't lose them over the winter in my lakehouse, I usually have two huge ones. I like that you do herbs in pots...I am going to try that later in the spring!

All of your containers are wonderful and I love your yellow stool. Those are the things I really enjoy finding at sales!

Hope you are having a great Saturday!

XO,
Jane

A Rosy Note said...

Oh your plants look so beautiful Amy! It snowed here last night :(

white life© said...

Dear Amy, that's a great place in front of the door. Honestly, I love every detail!!!! You're a lucky girl! ;)

Big hugs
Tine

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Amy~ love the pictures. Especially the lavender on the yellow step stool. am curious about the weather vane parts at the bottom of the photo. Are you planning something great for these pieces?
you make me chuckle- "...because of the thumb I was telling you about." ...you say that like it is black and NOT GREEN! ...he he he
enjoy coming here and always enjoy your comments at my place.
Blessings!
Pat

Kolein said...

Your porch looks lovely! We are still having cold weather here. However, some of my flowers are starting to show themselves in spite of what the temperature is outdoors!

I LOVE your new items in your shop! The burlap bags are wonderful!

xo
~Kolein

Heaven's Walk said...

Hi Amy! The weather down there in TN must be so wonderful compared to up here in MI! We actually had snowflurries today! Ugh! So seeing your pretty photos of the ferns and herbs just lifted my spirits! Thank you, sweetie! :)

xoxo laurie

Becky C said...

Ahhh! Ahhh! Girl, your mom is awesome! She made the cutest burlap things!! I'm so so so so loving the burlap totes, you know.
Ok, now that I'm over my little burlap fit...
I do love your front porch! It's fabulous and I love the story about the hydrangeas :)
My favorite is the wash tub. But the yellow stool is a close second.
I think your ferns and lavender are beautiful. You have busy, and it looks great around there.
Talk to you soon
Becky

PRAIRIE GIRL FARM said...

Hi Amy :)
Oh my hon! You have SO many amazing vintage goodies!

I'm luv'n, luv'n did I say luvvvv'n?...the tubs for your ferns! Can I "borrow" the wash tub on the stand?...but only after I rest on one of those beautiful rockers for awhile.
xox's
~Ginger

Sheryl and Denny said...

Hey amy,

I love the washtub and stand too.... I can use it after ginger....Love your sack and ticking pillows, did you make those? I too remember my grandmother had a stool like yours and it was red also. Here in the south, my ferns stayed alive all winter, i managed to keep them inside, and misted them everyday so they would survive the winter.
Sheryl

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Hi Amy!

Your front porch couldn't be any cuter! I love your ferns in the old tub and the grain sack pillows. I'm jealous of all your humidity because I have a really hard time growing herbs, here.

Happy Palm Sunday!
Hugs,
Michelle

Gypsy Heart said...

Everything looks so pretty ~ I love your porch! I adore ferns too but the heat is too much here in the summer time. The lavender looks great! I think I need to try that. I love having fresh herbs too.

xo
Pat

Southern Shop Girls said...

Hi Amy!

Love the plants and flowers - hydrangeas are one of my favorites. But, the tubs and galvanized containers are absolutely lucious! I've never seen a galvanize tub like the one in your first photo. Is it a family heirloom or a wonderful find? I love it!

I haven't had a chance to browse your blog, but life is settling down and I'm looking forward to reading from front to back.

Paula

Mandy @ Creekside Creations said...

I use lots of ferns around here too! I love ferns and they're pretty fool-proof which is a good thing for me!

Your porch looks wonderful! I love all the neat things you've used as containers!

Have a great week, Amy!

Robin said...

Amy your porch looks so inviting! I love all the ferns and all their vintage containers. It's such a lovely look.

NanaDiana said...

Love your ferns on your porch. I only wish we could see some green here! We had a yellow step stool like that when my kids were little. Sure wish I had it back today!

You will love having that lavender so close at hand in the summer...a perfect scent to swipe your hands through when you walk by! Happy Week to you- xxoo Diana

Southern Shop Girls said...

Oh Amy,

You made me laugh! Maybe I should print a post and put it on the front door! Thanks so much for your comments - they truly made my day.

I still want to know where you got that galvanized tub. Would love to follow you around for a few days while you are on the hunt...

Paula

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Your fern in that washtub is so fantastic. Love all your plants! Your porch looks beautiful - mine is coated with fresh snow at the moment! I was shocked when I woke up!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Amy, your ferns look beautiful. I need to feed mine, it's looking a little sad from surviving the winter. I have that exact yellow stool! I tried to seal the rust but it was still getting all over the pool deck. I tried spraying it more yellow because the rust had reaaaally spread but it's needs a little work. Maybe some sanding to bring back some of the rust :) It will be going in the garden. So it can rust away all it wants.

Debbie said...

I love your front porch, Amy. It would make me want to knock on the door.

BTW, it hadn't occurred to me that hydrangeas would be blooming. They are? I think I remember that white tub on the stand when you bought it. Wasn't it in the past year?

As usual, I enjoy my inspiration here.

Southern Shop Girls said...

That tub is a hand-me-down, Amy? Goodness, gracious, what a prize! My family never has things like that to offer me! =)

And you are in Tennessee? We are trying to move home to Arkansas. As soon as God sells this house in Texas, we will be headed that way. Can't wait to get "home", where we belong! =) Texas is wonderful, but as Dorothy said, "There's no place like home".

By the way, if you ever tire of that tub, I'll love to the moon and back... =)

Paula

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Your porch is gorgeous! Love, love! Looks like the perfect place to sit on a nice spring day. I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't have a green thumb. Ferns are my go to plant as well!
Have a nice day.

michelle said...

I love ferns!! I have many around the house that do really well in the sun/shade. I love your washtub and your porch is beautiful!! Great finds too, you always find the best stuff girl. :)
Hope you are having a good week so far!!!
XO

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I love ferns and LOVE your front porch. Very welcoming.

hilary @ the upcycle furniture co. said...

your outside looks amazing!

saltbox treasures said...

WOW, Amy, I love your front porch! I don't have one, but always dream of one with wicker furniture :).
~ Julie

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Your ferns in buckets look so fresh and beautiful!! I am looking forward to living somewhere this summer that doesn't have scorching summers so I can grow things like lovely ferns!