My wonderful husband Daniel loves history, on our first date he actually talked about the history of pepper because he was so nervous! Though I am normally not very interested in the history of pepper, I found it to be charming. Ever since we first met, he has told me interesting facts about things in our daily life that involve history. I’m sure you could also tell we are rather patriotic by the American flag on the front porch, the huge one hanging in the entry, and the third flag hanging above Daniel’s desk. With all that being said, it just seemed like a good idea to write a post about this holiday as well as how we decorate for the summer!
The 4th of July, or Independence Day, is celebrated as the birth of American independence from Great Britain. It became a federal holiday in 1870. It became my husband’s favorite holiday in 1991, when he was four and could remember seeing fireworks for the first time. As his love for history grew so did his love of the holiday, so naturally I asked him to share with each of you why he loves the holiday so much. His response (get ready he will talk for days about America):
“On July Fourth, we celebrate our nation’s independence and honor the struggle and sacrifice that it took to get us to where we are in the world. 241 years ago 56 men from across 13 states boldly and deliberately committed acts of treason against their government, Great Britain. With the full understanding that their actions could cost them their lives, freedoms, and substantial wealth. Regardless, these 56 men felt it was their due diligence to commit this act of treachery, based on the ideas of enlightened thinkers that all men are created as equals and are owed certain unalienable rights from their God and government.
As a result of their actions, a large scale war ensued for a period of 8 years. At the costs of thousands of casualties, our nation formed and ultimately emerged as a beacon for democratic ideals for the world to see.
In the 241 years since the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and formation of this country, our freedoms and values have come under attack numerous times. Fortunately, we have been blessed with selfless guardians that protect our lives and freedoms daily.
Each day I am proud to be an American, but especially today I am humbled by the good our country represents, and the men and women that have worked so hard to maintain it. And if the history of our nation doesn’t get you fired up, nothing beats spending time with family celebrating America and the men and women that worked painstakingly hard to forge our nation. Fireworks and cookouts are also still pretty awesome!”
In the spirit of holiday, and our love for America, I had a red, white, and blue theme in mind when planning out our new patio planters. I decided to add a little color while not going overboard. Since we already had the navy umbrella on the deck and the navy chairs on the patio, (we actually really love the color navy) it seemed right to just keep the theme going by adding some white and a pop of red. This is my planter:
In each planter I have the following:
- 1 Dark Red Geranium – Only one of them is currently blooming , but both planters are the same.
- 1 or 2 Hot Bavaria (blue)- This was as close to blue that I could get without it being purple.
- 1 White Scopia Double Snowball- This is what is climbing over the edge, it blooms white all summer though it isn’t blooming in the picture.
- 3 Dreams White Petunias- This is in the back in the photo above, it will also climb down over the side of the bucket.
These are all annuals as I plan to keep flowers in these year round to maintain color on the patio year round. Most of these will continue to bloom all summer until the first frost in the fall.
The planter receives about 6 hours of direct sunlight, 1-2 hours of dappled sunlight, and the remainder of the day it is in full shade. I water everyday or at least every other day depending on the weather and they do great! When planting anything I have learned that the most important part to keeping it alive is to plant it in the recommended conditions. To find out what each plant likes simply read the card that comes with it. Take hydrangeas for example, since they are my favorite plant, they LOVE shade where we live in, zone 8, therefore if they get a little bit of morning sun and full afternoon shade they are happy. Put them in mostly sun and they will curl up and die in the 110 degree August heat if you don’t baby them; I don’t have time for all that.
These are just a few views of my festive planters on our recently installed patio, I’m so excited!
This July 4th we are hoping to spend some quality time with our favorite people and relax! I asked Haylie about her plans and she had this to say:
“Every year Cole and I seek out some fireworks and we munch on watermelon during the show. One of our favorite spots is uptown at Romare Bearden Park in Charlotte by the Knights Stadium. There are a few high-rise parking garages that you could grab chairs and set up your own private viewing as most people tend to flock to the park. If you are water dwelling folks you can’t miss the display off the Buster Boyd Bridge. The reflections of the fireworks over the water add an extra sparkle to your view. Just a few of our favorite places to venture out to for a spectacular show in honor of the holiday. “
Daniel and I have watched the fireworks on Lake Wylie beside the Buster Boyd Bridge a few times now and I must say, they NEVER disappoint. Great places to check out if you are in or around the Charlotte, NC area.
Regardless of what you plan to do, or what kind of flowers you have in your backyard, I hope you have a very safe and happy holiday!! Feel free to comment about our new planters or tell us about what you do for the holiday. Happy 4th everyone!!