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A Summery Spring

A gorgeous spring is in full swing here. Just right for reading books out on the grass.

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Or drawing on my parents’ retaining wall w/ sidewalk chalk while playing some baseball (thanks, Ben!).

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Or for planting some lovelies on our front porch.

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And it’s also just right for eating sweet strawberries out on the back patio after supper.

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I hope your weather is as good as ours has been, wherever you are!

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Hunting for Planters

Since Spring is in full swing here, both Simon and I have had the itch to get out in the yard and pretty things up a bit. At our first house, we were actively involved in the complete makeover of our front yard, and it was a lot of fun. A lot of work. But a lot of fun. Now, at our current house, it was nice to come into a yard that was already well-maintained. We just get to put our own personal stamp onto it, like adding some of our favorite plants and flowers.

I’ve been on the hunt for some eye-catching planters for the front porch. I feel like the front porch is an extension of our entryway. I want it to be a little bit dramatic, a little bit whimsical, and just the right amount of color. It ought to be inviting. And it ought to speak of your personality. Hence, the great hunt for planters.  I had kinda pre-shopped around to see what was available, checking out prices. I knew that I would fall madly in love with whatever they have at TLC here in Oklahoma City. They have the prettiest selection of all things landscaping, right down to their old-fashioned brightly-colored watering cans. And of course, planters are no exception. They’re all arranged according to color, and they are absolutely stunning.

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Jude likes the giant “feet” planters. And yes, they come in every color!
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The glossy black is so dramatic. I love it.
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But it’s the blues that really catch my eye.
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OHHHH YES. The tiffany blue is IT! These are the ones I originally brought Simon to see. I love them. I love their color, their glossiness, and I just knew that they’d pop against our red brick. Gorgeous.
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Alas. They were not meant to be. Un petit peu too expensive, and maybe a hair too short.
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But oh my. Look at that ombre above. Gorgeous. And the green section?! HELLO.

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Hydrangeas are my favorite, and they are in full bloom right now @ TLC.
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A sandbox to pass the time in …
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Finally, we headed over to Home Depot, where I had seen some planters I really liked. Silly me – I should’ve shot some photos of them. They were really cool and in some amazingly bright colors. Simon didn’t feel they were 100% right for the style of our house, and in the end, I agreed. But they were definitely fab. However, Home Depot came out the clear winner among the (relatively) inexpensive big box-type retailers (i.e., Lowe’s, WalMart, Target, etc.). Target came in a close 2nd with some nice Smith & Hawken offerings, but everything else was a total bust (cheap-looking or ugly). I was pleasantly surprised at the selection @ Home Depot. Check these little dimpled orange cuties out –
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But it was this collection that gave us a second look. Nearly identical in color, style, and texture to the ones we saw at TLC, but half the price!
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We ended up not getting the tallish green ones, although I really like them. A lot. As in, now that I think about it, maybe we should’ve gotten a couple for the back patio. But the blue pots are so striking on our front porch. I’m just pleased as punch. No great reveal just yet – we still need to get the plants to put in them, but I feel like we are taking the right step. Thank you thank you thank you to my sweet hubs for indulging me! I love this man!
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How about you? Are you into gardening? I feel like I know absolutely nothing. Have any good references?

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