Now that summer is finally here, I have just finished up my flower planting and purchasing for the season. I will probably add a few potted plants here and there as the summer goes on, but basically, I am done.
I love all my beautiful hanging baskets, my impatiens and zinnia beds and all of the other summery flowers I have in my backyard. They make me happy! But here's the deal, the front of our house faces south and we get absolutely pounded by the sun every year.
In fact, we have to replace our doorbell every year or two because the sun deteriorates it and then, it stops working. We have tried cheap, average and pricy versions, but they are no match for the sun. The sun's rays also wreak havoc on our shutters and they are desperately in need of a paint job. (That, however, will have to wait until next year - in the meantime, I try to close one eye whenever I am in the front of the house, lol!)
For twelve summers I have tried to keep flowers alive in my front planters and for twelve summers, said flowers have burned up by August or sooner. Always so disappointing. And costly. And a waste of time. And not pretty.
So, now that you know my sunshine troubles, I need to let you in on little secret I have decided to keep (but tell all of you)! This year I have decided to fake it. Yep, fake it right in my own front yard!
I purchased faux flowers from JoAnn's for 70% off and filled up my porch pots. Obviously, if you examine closely, they aren't real - but for the most part, I am very happy with how they look. No, not for the most part - I am THRILLED with how they look. Most importantly, they aren't dead or crispy or shriveled.
Aren't these crazy roosters fun? Picked them up in April at Hobby Lobby. They look so cute with my faux blooms.
I know there are a lot of faux haters out there, but I say faking it is way better than shriveled up flowers or none at all!
And as Taylor Swift says, "And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hateBaby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off."
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