Over the weekend I wandered into the local coffee shop and heard one of the staff say she’s ready for fall. In my mind, I immediately responded “No, I’m not ready to let go of summer!” I love fall, but I love summer even more. This time of year is always bittersweet for me to see kids hopping on the bus to go back to school, knowing their brief days of freedom are over, nighttime is descending earlier, and it’s just a matter of time before the vegetable garden starts to fade. Now more than ever, I’m drawn to the back deck and pond – or to the front porch to enjoy every last minute of late summer. Here’s a collection of charming porches to enjoy while the weather still cooperates.
Doesn’t this stately columned porch have “Charleston” written all over it? When I think of the best summer porch, I always think of Low Country. Visions of Spanish moss dripping from live oak trees and comfortable white wicker furniture ready for guests to relax and drink iced tea from sweating glasses.
This cozy garden porch oozes charm and I love how the large window allows views of the porch from inside the house.
Palm trees in the background create privacy for this Southern late summer porch with a pair of vintage wicker chairs cozied up to a small glass table.
As late summer makes way for early fall, the glow of a more southernly sunset floats across the porch creating a special golden hour.
Even the smallest of porches can be enjoyed with a wooden swing and late summer flowers.
Of course, a deck can be equally inviting during the last days of the glorious summer months. Imagine what this view will look like once the leaves turn color in October.
We’re getting a stretch of sunny days in the 70s this week, but we could still see temperatures reach into the 90s at this time of year. Seems like warmer weather is stretching later with every passing year, which is fine by me.
Who can resist late summer’s glow when the sun dips lower in the sky? It’s always a special time of year when anticipation of fall colors is on the horizon. I always try to get outdoors as much as possible while there’s still time. Summer is always fleeting for me.
This weekend I gathered some fall perennials from the nursery down the street, having made room for new flowers in the vegetable garden. I also canned several quarts of tomatoes and grabbed plenty of peaches to can when they ripen a bit more. I always try to take pieces of summer with me when fall rolls around. Although I love fall, this time of year is always bittersweet.