Every year around this time, I like to brighten up our house for summer. Spring has definitely come and gone, which is felt starkly in Texas when the 95+ degrees envelope you. 🙂 Kids are out of school, life seems to slow down (with some intention on my end) and the pool calls my name.
There are several things I like to do to make this transition into the new season:
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1) Plant Fresh Flowers
This is one of my favorite ways to bring in the new season! I go to our local nursery, pick up some flowers that I pray last longer than a few weeks, and get to work! Our front doorstep is part-shaded and part-sunny. Therefore, one of my planters gets a lot of sun (and blooms) and the other, not so much. I’ve gotten creative in terms of which flowers I pot. I typically use coleus as the central base and then put begonias all around it. The coleus is a great shade plant and the purple/green leaves bloom in spades on the shaded side. On the sunny side, they still bloom but not quite as much. However, on the sunny side, my annuals typically last much longer and I get more flowers on that side.
2) Update the Doormat
We moved into our home about 2.5 years ago, and just leveled out the flagstone in our backyard. We have a table and chairs out there, but I’m ready to switch up the seat cushions to bring some life to our outdoor space. I’ll be doing something like this for the cushions (in black & white):
You can either replace the seat cushions (which is quite expensive!) or just replace / wash the exterior seat cover. My seat cushions are a tan brown right now and I’m going to have some seat covers made so that I can just wash them when they get dirty. If you already have seat cushions you love, you can just throw the external covers (if they’re removable of course) in the wash to freshen them up.
4) Update Plants in Backyard Planters