Because Somebody Cares

One of the main impetus for putting in a spigot out front was my stoop. Come the spring & summer, I enjoy sprucing up the stoop with flowers. It all started in 2010 when my mom decided the large planter on the sidewalk needed some flowers. Mom brought up a giant bag of soil & a bunch of flowers and made it look like someone living here cares.

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It was a beautiful amalgamation of colors & textures.

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flowers after

marigolds and petunias

2011 I had no plan for what I wanted the stoop to look like, so I just went to the nursery and bought whatever I liked.

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It turned out ok but not spectacular. Photo above is the day it was planted and below was on Sept. 3, 2011.

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It was a mix of coleus, begonias, petunias, sweet potato vine, & something else but I can’t remember what it’s called (the twiggy, tall purple ones). Turns out I really like coleus. Last year I didn’t know to pinch it off, so it got leggy instead of bushy.

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{pots on the stoop}

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{May 2011}

2011 was the first year I tried window boxes and I don’t think they did so well. I blame the lack of a spigot & the utter lack of any moisture retention by the coconut liners.

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{Sept. 2011}

I learned the petunias were ok, as long as I remembered to deadhead them. The begonias & vines grew nicely but I didn’t care for the twiggy, tall purple ones. Everything would have looked better if I watered them more.

Last year’s flowers felt scattered & random with no cohesive look. For 2012, I decided to do all coleus & sweet potato vine. Experience says both do well on my stoop and this year seems to be no different.

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I also bought a new planter at IKEA. Found it in their AS IS section for $25. It has a small dent in the top ring but, with that part to the back and a mound of sweet potato vine growing over it, you would never know.

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The window boxes seem to be doing better this year. I lined the insides with plastic before filling them with dirt, so they’re retaining moisture better.

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The whole front of the house needs attention. Peeling paint and rotting wood are everywhere but at least there are flowers.

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The older planter that came with the house has a rather massive crack in it. It’s currently held together with wire ties & a plastic insert to keep the dirt in. The tomato plant I have in it seems to be doing alright.

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It’s even got a tomato!

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So that’s the stoop. Flowers to distract from the peeling, rotting, crumbling, disintegrating, flaking mess.

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What have you planted? Any flowers I should try next year? You a big coleus fan too?

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8 Responses to Because Somebody Cares

  1. kmliving says:

    3rd year of stoop plantings! Gets better and better every year!

  2. I love coleus. And sweet potato vine. I’ve had good luck with impatiens this year, too. Your front stoop looks great. You’ll love having a spigot.

  3. Wordshipper says:

    Love the coleus! Looks like you’ve got some poison ivy going on out there as well….

    • No poison ivy but the neighbors plant is a little wild.

      I love that coleus is colorful without being a flower. The color lasts all season long and indefinitely, if the plants were to come inside before the first frost.

  4. Tracy Hoover says:

    Hi Carrie, I am so happy I found your blog!! I love coleus, it is one of my yearly go-to flowers. It looks great by its lonesome or in combo with other great flowers. PS I love your paint colors and will probably use BM Quiet moments in our Master Bedroom. thank you! Tracy

  5. I use sweet potato vine in every pot, pretty much. And coleus is so easy, love it. Weird question – how do you paint the window trim with those grates? Do they come off easily?

    • I don’t paint the window trim, so it’s super easy! Haha.

      When I (eventually) put in new windows, the grates will have to come off. Everything will get painted then. If I wanted to paint them now, I would probably just work around them. It would be annoying but my arm would easily fit through them.

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