Deck Transformation, Winter to Spring

Since most everyone who visits Between Naps on the Porch has seen my two porches, I thought I’d share a different area today. There are decks off either side of my screened-in porch and one of those decks has a cozy little corner over near the grill. It’s the perfect spot to sit if you want to be near the grill while you are cooking out. This is the winter view…pretty blah.

And here’s the summer view…added some wind chimes, comfy cushions, a window-box style planter behind the table and lots of plants…

Unfortunately, we have had really bad storms every day, for several days now…so please excuse all the leaves. I would have swept before taking these pics, but the deck is still soaking wet from today’s storms. The geraniums were all blooming up until a week or so ago…but since we’ve had nothing but constant rain for the last several days, the blooms all fell off. πŸ™ So try to imagine bright red and white geranium blooms, all over the place! πŸ™‚

This little area of the deck is located just behind the swing on the screened-in porch.

Those are tomato plants tucked into the corners…and that’s the edge of the grill that keeps sneaking into the pics on the lower left.

One of the tomato plants…

My first little crop… πŸ™‚

Here’s the other tomato plant…I think these tomatoes are supposed to be bigger…they are called ‘Husky’. The one toward the bottom is getting pretty big…so I don’t think these are going to be cherry tomatoes…time will tell.

Some herbs around the bottom…Italian basil on the left and thyme on the right…

And a little sprig of Rosemary toward the back…

Come sit with me…our dinner is on the grill.

So, how was your day? Dinner can wait…

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  1. Love those wine glasses with the birds painted on them. Looks like you’re going to have quite a tomato crop.

  2. Your deck, like ALL of your spaces is just beautiful. You have the gift of making your home so creatively welcoming. I LOVE that idea of the tomato plant with the herbs planted at the bottom! Can’t wait to try that.

  3. Beautiful, as always, Susan!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ™‚

  4. Christi @ A Southern Life says

    A wonderful spot to enjoy and home-grown tomatoes to boot. Thanks for sharing another one of your beautiful spaces.

  5. Cynthia says

    From drab to grand ! This is just so lush and lovely, I would love to sit for a spell, Cindy

  6. Olive Rue says

    Hey Miss Green Thumb. I love your little patio area. We need to get together again and have a bloggers meetup. I would love to host one at Feathers & Twigs the Vintage store here in Carrollton.

  7. what a cozy place! Love all the plants.

  8. Domestic Designer says

    What a lovely spot. I am impressed that you already have tomatoes! They are so good!

  9. Kathleen says

    Hard to believe you have tomatoes already and we can’t even plant them yet..
    Perfect venue for have such a beautiful porch!

  10. cedwards55 says

    Look what you’ve been keeping all to yourself here! I had no idea about this little slice of Heaven. Love your “garden pots”. All you need is some fresh mozzarella and you’d have a great salad. Oh wait, I think I see some in your fridge. Now, where is the olive oil and Balsamic?

  11. Bobbi Jo says

    Love the deck and the plants looks so beautiful!
    You have just been given an award on my blog. Come on over. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

  12. Happy To Be says

    Another beautiful shot of your Home susan…Girl you are living my life you know..Love it all my friend…Now toss me a fish on the grill while I drink my wine..Hugs and smiles Glβ™₯ria ps I was going to do my porch but the rain said NO way Jose…

  13. Susie Q says

    So lovely! And while we’re sitting, I’ll bring the wine. Do you want Yellowtail syrah or Firefly? Both Aussie wines…lovely…and as I get migraines from red wine, these are ‘safe’ wines.

  14. What a cozy, sweet area you have here. I love it all…the tomato plants look fabulous, too. I can’t even believe you already have tomatoes. We just planted out here in West Texas…

  15. Barb @ GritsandGlamour says

    Yaaay! I am so glad you could join in, my friend. What a great little spot to sit while watching the grill. Those tomato plants are awesome! Mine are just barely blooming. You already have a little mini crop. LOL

    I also love the garden globes. Are they those watering globes? I love those and want to get some.

    I have decided to make this a monthly Event, so you have four weeks to get everything ready. LOL

    Hugs, Barb

  16. Kim Kasch says

    A little corner of paradise.

  17. Beautiful!!! You really have a knack for making spaces beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing your lovely outdoor nook Susan!!!

    Have a wonderful day!!!

  18. Tales From My Empty Nest says

    Love your little outdoor area!! Those geraniums will be beautiful when they bloom. You have a good start on your tomatoes. Have a great week. Love & blessings from NC!

  19. What a beautiful and cozy little spot. So you’ve had bad weather too, Susan? We had a really bad storm yesterday. It was really scary but thank God, it was short lived. But even then, it left a lot of damage around here, which I will post for Outdoor Wed. Hope your weather gets better soon!…Christine

  20. Allidink says

    How great and so cute! Yay tomatoes!

    All the best,

  21. A great space — love the herbs in the tomato plants — but then I love herbs!

  22. Melissa Miller says

    Susan it’s all so charming!

    Yes I think I do see the Red Geraniums. Pretty! πŸ™‚

  23. Yellow Rose Arbor says

    Very nice, cozy space! Love your mini garden too.


  24. Mary Ellen (megardengal) says

    Susan how wonderful having all those fragrant herbs so close that you can enjoy all the scents!

    so pretty!

  25. I love that corner Susan! It’s so cozy and inviting! I can stay there forever! Lovely!

  26. Diane @ Four Paws and Co says

    This is such a pretty spot & a great place to hang out while the grill does it's thing. Great idea for the tomato plants. I may have to try it too. ☺ Diane

  27. by...K@ Ashcroft says

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind words. I very much appreciate it.
    I also love the tomato plants in the pots with the herbs. I will have to try that.

  28. Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio says

    What a wonderful place to sit with a glass of wine while dinner is on the grill! I love the idea of the tomatoes in the big pot with the herbs trailing around the bottom! I will have to remember that! Geraniums are one of my favorite flowers.

  29. I have no idea what I just did but I got a message telling me my post published successfully??? Now on to your little slice of green!!! Another green thumb. Y’all are making me want to hop in the car and head on down to the garden center. Problem is it would all be dead by the end of the weak! Love all your plants and I can imagine it with all the geraniums! Just lovely! It is raining and gloomy here today too. Hopefully this storm will wash away the last of the spring pollen!

  30. Susan, that is just charming! Love all the plants – and tomatoes? already? Wow! I am still waiting for the pollen to stop before I do my porch – it’s really heavy! Linda

  31. I like all the leaves…it just adds to the charm of your cozy conner. Have a great day!

  32. Songbirdtiff says

    This is beautiful! It looks like a wonderful getaway. Thanks for the inspiration, I’m going to be working on my for the next few weeks.

  33. Crystal says

    Susan, your corner patio is darling! Isn’t it amazing what plants can do for an outdoor space? I don’t mind the blooms everywhere…that is afterall what our patios truly look like after the rain, and the plants need the refreshment. Thanks for sharing another beautiful space.

  34. DesignTies says

    Your little deck area is pretty even without the red and white geranium blooms πŸ™‚ All that’s missing is two people relaxing on the chairs and sipping the glasses of wine πŸ™‚

    Kelly @ DesignTies

  35. "Blossom" says

    Just love these little hide-a-way me places. This is so cozy.

  36. Tammy518 says

    What a sweet little nook! And I can’t believe you’ve already got tomatoes! I’ve yet to even get my tomatoes out yet.

  37. I love what you’ve done here! What a cozy cozy little spot, perfect for grilling and dining in the summer. Looking forward to our rain stopping too, so we can eat outside again!

  38. Smilingsal says

    You had me at the fresh home-grown tomatoes.

  39. Oh how romantic looking! Do you ever have dinner out there? Your plants are beautiful and healthy looking!

  40. laurie @ bargain hunting says

    Such a charming area, and those wine glasses are so pretty. Love the way you planted herbs around the bottom of your tomato vines. I want tomato vines so badly, but the squirrels always get the tomatoes before I do, and that frustrates me, so I quit planting them. Maybe if I planted them closer to the house (as you did), the squirrels wouldn’t bother them?? laurie

  41. Terri and Bob says

    I love it!! Totally adorable. I saw a cute table and chair set similar to yours at Lowe’s for only $100. I think I have to have it now!

  42. Glenda/MidSouth says

    What a pretty little outdoor room. Your tomato and herb plants look great. I know what you mean about the geraniums – mine look the same due to heavy rains for so long.

  43. LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango says

    I love this sunny little place you’ve decorated! Do you make salsa with all your tomato plants? They look so healthy! Great job! Luanne

  44. English Cottage in Georgia says

    Your porch is fantastic! Cannot believe you already have tomatoes on the vine – I am going to start container gardening as soon as it clears up. I WANT tomatoes now πŸ™‚

  45. The Raggedy Girl says

    What an inspired idea to grow tomatoes and herbs and turn them in to deck decor. I love it.

    The Raggedy Girl

  46. Stephanie says

    Just beautiful! I am inspirde to plant something similar for my deck this summer, thank you for the wonderful idea! I love your blog!!

  47. Together We Save says

    Wow. Beautiful.

  48. Kim @ Manning Family Tree says

    I would never leave home if I lived at your house. You have so many fabulous areas to relax & enjoy yourself. You are very lucky. I love this cozy little eating area. Your tomatoes are looking pretty good.

  49. Crystal says

    Oh Susan,
    How beautiful everything looks. I could just pour myself a glass wine and enjoy.
    It has been raining here for days. All I would have to share is mud, no renovating in this mess πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing and giving me inspiration.

  50. 9405018--Pat says

    Beautiful as always..thanks for sharing a glass on wine…Pat H

  51. Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 says

    I haven’t even planted anything yet! How do you keep up girlfriend?! Susan, your little porch area is beautiful! And you’ve got a green thumb too! Do I sound jealous?! “Bloom where you’re planted, Bloom where you’re planted, Bloom where you’re planted…” God Bless! Lauralu πŸ™‚

  52. Pat@Back Porch Musings says

    This is beautiful, Susan!

    Our day has been busy! Planting irises and taking pictures oh my. The photos are for Rhoda’s Garden Party tomorrow. Are you joining in?

    I was abed with allergies yesterday evening, so haven’t done much visiting. Hope to catch up at the lake.

  53. Leigh of Bloggeritaville says

    Beautiful! You KNOW that I adore your porch!

  54. Susan, are these THIS years plants???? You are WAAAAY ahead of us, if they are! Wow, I thought I was doing well….HMMM. I love your sitting area near the grill, of course it is part of the MOST fabulous deck/porch EVER!!!! I can’t believe I missed this the other day….where the heck WAS I????:):) Love, Pinky

  55. carolinajewel says

    It is all so beautiful! Love your porch swing and the deck. πŸ˜€ Jewel

  56. Barb~Bella Vista says

    Your little porch area is totally charming, Susan. I just adore these little spots that are tucked away in our homes…they are so special!

    Your tomatoes look luscious! The color is out of this world.


  57. A Joyful Chaos says

    love your porch!
    Tomatoes already? I haven’t even planted garden yet.

  58. Now how do you have tomatoes already??? My husband would just die. We barely have blooms, but it was cold until after Easter. Your smaller porch is beautiful and how wonderful to have options!

  59. Susan, your little patio vignette is adorable. I love red geraniums and yes I can imagine they would be so cheerful against your white house. We too are saturated in rain for almost 2 weeks. I always enjoy your beautiful posts. Miss Bloomers/Sonia

  60. Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage says

    Love, love, love your sweet porch! Cozy and beautiful! You are such an inspiration!!!!


  61. Suzann @ Lavender and Roses says

    Love Love Love it all.
    What precious wine glasses too.

  62. ~CC Catherine says

    Lovely Patio area Susan! You always know exactly how to WOW each and every area in and around your home! Totally serenity! Love it! πŸ˜‰ ~CC Catherine

  63. Really Rainey says

    That is the cutest little corner of the patio…A cozy and intimate little landing place for you or Hubby to man the grill or talk to your tomatoes in private πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ Its Really Beautiful and I can imagine the geraniums in bloom πŸ™‚

    ~Really Rainey~

  64. Alisa Lucas-Brown says

    Oh Susan, I love your transormation. So inviting and fresh! Love your little container garden! Mr. Panache is trying his hand at growing tomatoes in containers on the back deck…haven’t harvested any crop yet…was a little late getting them planted…as always it looks fabulous!!!
    Alisa πŸ™‚


    What a lovely place to wait for grilled salmon – my favorite. Your tomato plants are looking quite healthy. I love the idea of keeping their feet warm with the herbs. As always, thank you for sharing with all of us.


  66. Abby Lanes says

    Your photos are just gorgeous. I have approved plans that my contractor is picking up today to make a deck, and enlarge my front patio on my tiny 1950’s beach cottage. I can’t wait to have it all done so I can set up relaxing spots like this!

  67. at the cottage says

    How wonderful to see everyone getting readu for summer and enjoying spring! The photos are gorgeous.

    After seeing that tomato photo I made myself a yummy tomato sandwich on a panini roll with extra mayo and pepper. MMMMMM

    I am not on that often, until I get back to hi speed, but I do stop by alwys to check out tablescape Thursdays.

    Have a great one


  68. Good grief woman where do you live at the equator? We are so far away from tomatoes right now you couldn’t even put the plant outside. As for geraniums fahgetabowdit.

  69. Wsprsweetly Of Cottages says

    Amazing. With you homemaking is an ART! You have set the bar SO high! It just makes me love what I do all the more when I visit you!

  70. You have a nice green thumb. Looks good. You are totally amazing. I am on my way to my HH house this afternoon to see what magic I can work because the place is dated and needs a face lift for sure.

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