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Don’t you love it when life provides it’s own solutions?
You are just minding your own business.
Sitting there drinking coffee or reading a book or planning your weekend or trimming the bottoms of your bell bottoms or wondering when your hair will be cute.
Without any help from you, a problem solves itself.
I’m sorry. I got ahead of my and my problem self. Let me start at the beginning.
This is my front porch.
This is where I open my front door and get my mail and wave at random dog walkers on the street and sit on the front steps and talk to neighbors and hold the occasional yard sale.
It’s a wonderful place.
If you’ve been following along on the porch journey, you know we just painted the brick on the porch and the railings and steps and the surrounding foundation. It is one of the best decisions we ever made. After we painted the brick and we put everything back on the porch and it looked amazing.
And the vintage metal planters that we had on the porch leaked RUST all over the brand new porch. Seriously. I came outside after the rain to smell it and there were pools of RUST all over the corners of the porch. I guess it had rusted before, but I never noticed it because the brick soaked it up.
I am generally not up for rust in my life, so we cleaned it up and repainted the corners and ordered these planters.
I ordered them because they were cute.
And the perfect color.
And had the prettiest detailing on the sides.
And went perfectly with the rest of my porch.
But here’s the thing.
When they arrived?
I discovered they had a superpower.
I discovered that they solved a problem THAT I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW I NEEDED SOLVING.
Because inside of the planter there was this.
A false bottom.
There are ridges in the side of the planter and you can move the false bottom up and down depending on the height of your plants.
It moves up and down to three different heights.
Here I have it set on the highest setting. In other words, the false bottom is about 12″ from the top of the planter. These flowers are in ordinary plastic pots and sit on the false bottom right next to the top.
But if I want to have topiaries in the fall? I could move the false bottom down a rung to leave extra space for the plant.
Or if I want to have Christmas trees in the winter? I could move the false bottom down two rungs to make sure the trees were at the right height.
I got asked all the time how I had the plants at the right height with the other planters that I had on the porch. Bricks. That’s what we used before we got this planter.
Bricks that were heavy and hard to move and needed to be adjusted all the time and collected leaves and probably helped with all that rust.
I have these planters with their superpowers and all my plant height problems are solved.
I was so inspired that I upgraded the rest of the front porch.
With these benches.
And these rugs.
And these amazing EMBROIDERED outdoor pillows.
The pillows are embroidered with white thread with a dark gray background and you can use them outdoors.
They pair perfectly with these pillows.
I love a happy ending.
But most of all?
I love an unsolicited solution.
PS I moved the monogrammed planters that we made to the back porch so it’s cute now, too.
Edited to add: As requested, here’s a more pulled back picture of the front porch.
Look who followed me outside. 🙂
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