Summer Reds

In this Memorial Day post I mentioned that I was going to try my basket of real flowers on the front door again this year. I know I’m tempting fate by saying this before August is even here, but they’re doing well. Better than last year.

Red Petunias in basket on front door

I think it’s because I used petunias (hardy!) and because we’ve had somewhat milder temps in KC this summer.

I also filled the whole basket with potting soil instead of using a shallow pot inside and it’s heavy, but it’s holding the moisture much better that way. Which is good because I’m a lazy gardener and don’t water as often as I should.

Red Petunias in basket

There’s also an accidental bit of red under this tree in our backyard. These plastic adirondack chairs came from a big box hardware store a few years back and we put them there in the shade as additional seating for the graduation party.

Red Adirondack Chairs

We liked them there so much that we scrapped our plan to get rid of them after the party was over.

Summer Reds at CreatingThisLife.com

I can see them from the window over our kitchen sink, which makes me happy, and Tom has used them a time or two as a cigar smoking spot. Which I think almost makes up for the fact that he has to move them every time he mows.

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  1. Hi Julie, I’ve been enjoying your blog and all your creative, beautiful, and fun ideas. Your red petunias are lovely and the chairs are great! One of my favorite red, flowering plants is Red Riding Hood Mandevilla. It comes in a variety of colors, but the red blooms are especially showy with the glossy green leaves. ~Jillian

    1. I’ll have to keep my eye out for that next year, Jillian. Thanks for the suggestion.

  2. i just stumbled onto your blog by way of money saving mom! i really like the kitchen renovations and am perusing through the rest of your posts. when buying flowers this year with my oldest daughter I chose purple and yellow. My heart is truly drawn to red. we just painted our chicken coop and front trim on our barn red ( all from free paint i collected from the recycle center- free!!!) seeing your reds convinces me i will be buying red flowers next season!

    1. A chicken coop and barn…how fun!

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