A Fond Memory of Spring: A Clever Old Porch

In Spring I always think of this beautiful climbing rose we had at the farm.  So, I’m sharing this post that I wrote about it two years ago again.

Climbing Rose at Farm 2

When we moved to the farm, we did alot of renovating.  And one of the things that really needed renovating was this little porch that had a door into the dining room.  We never used that door, in fact, we put the Christmas tree in that corner of the dining room each year.  The door was treated as just another window inside the house.

Climbing Rose at Farm ZoomBut, from the outside, it was obvious that this porch was in very bad repair, and really should be replaced.

But, apparently, you don’t get to the age of this old porch, without having developed some survival skills.  So, the porch had very cleverly cloaked itself in this beautiful climbing rose.  So, whenever we talked about tearing off the porch and building a new, prettier version of it, the debate would always eventually turn to the climbing rose that we enjoyed so much.  And, each time, we would come to the conclusion that there was no way that the rose would survive the upheaval of having its buddy the porch torn down.

So, each spring we looked forward to seeing the beautiful climbing rose, and we put up with its friend, the old porch, the rest of the year.

7 Responses to A Fond Memory of Spring: A Clever Old Porch

  1. Hilary says:

    I think the old porch has charm and the roses definitely need it for support. When Frank had his deck torn down and rebuilt, his Clematis complained bitterly. This will be their second summer without their old deck for their support and they’re chance to flourish doesn’t look promising. You’re wise to keep things just as they are.

  2. Linda says:

    That rose bush was so beautiful that no one ever even looked at its friend, the porch. You made the right decision.

  3. carlahoag says:

    To my way of thinking, you chose the best solution!

  4. Chrissy says:

    It’s beautiful…I’d opt to keep it too!

  5. Sandra says:

    Hilary — Your story about Frank’s deck clearly confirms what we feared if we had torn off the porch. Thank you. 🙂

    Linda — You are right — when the rose was blooming, I don’t think anyone ever said, “Look at that shabby old porch!”. 🙂

    Carla — Thank you. 🙂

    Chrissy — Thank you. 🙂

  6. Suldog says:

    That’s really cool, and I’ll tell you why I especially think so. Our current home is brick, and has a similar climbing rose bush near the door of the back porch. With just a quick glance, someone could think those were photos of our house! It was close enough to give me a reason for a second look!

  7. Sandra says:

    That’s neat, Suldog! I’d love to see a picture of YOUR porch. 🙂

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