1.02.2010

Welcome

Have you ever noticed how some places seem more welcoming than others? I have discovered that the addition of a flower bed, garden planter or even a hanging basket can make all the difference in whether I want to go check out a store. The ones with beautiful flowers or plants around just seem to beckon to me, "come nearer, come see what we have." There is a beautiful store in a neighboring city that is full of beautiful decor items but I have only stopped there once. Why is that? It isn't the building. It is a brand new beautifully constructed building with gorgeous wrought iron and other beautiful features. They have items for sale that are appealing. Somehow the business is just not welcoming to me when I am driving past. It gives off the impression that only those who have definite business may enter. Yet there are other similar stores that I will stop by unplanned. In front of those business you will find planters full of flowers. One of them even have fake flowers (beautiful ones) in their planters but they are still saying," Stop in. Come see what else we have inside." This is also a great way to add a little gardening to your life if you have a business and not enough time at home to garden. Check out these pictures and see if you might agree with me. . .


Not only did I want to go into each shop but I also wanted to linger just because it was such a beautiful display.


I even took time to sit in one of the benches for a moment.


Even when the building is not the most beautiful one on the block, the addition of a pot of flowers seems to make it prettier and much more welcoming.



It isn't about having the largest most expensive planters either.




All these stairs might have deterred me from going up but because there were such beautiful flowers to see and smell I was pulled upward.




It doesn't even require a fancy planting. These two pots are still beckoning to me to come inside and do business here.




Yes, I agree that this one is a bit over the top but it still drew me nearer.




If your entry is hidden then a row of planters or pots will help to direct your customers to the front door.


When you want to put out the welcome mat whether to your home or business remember to add an extra bit of draw with plants and/or flowers.
Until Next Time
Debbie
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17 comments:

Darla said...

It just says, Someone cares doesn't it? I totally agree with you!!!

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

I agree with you Debbie! Some pictures are fantastic! You did a great job gathering them in one post! Thank you! Have a healthy and happy 2010!

Debbie's Garden said...

Do you think its the color in part that makes it all so inviting? Because all those colorful flowers are pure "happy" to me.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

How beautiful. It would really draw my attention to go in. It is just a cheery welcome to everyone. I am even into the over he top establishment.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I LOVED the "over the top one!" But then the more color the merrier! (or something like that..
But..you are right. A few flowers in front of your home or business always, always spell "WELCOME" and makes one feel good.
Thanks for sharing your pictures. Just lovely! :)
Mona

Grace Peterson said...

I agree Debbie, Plants, either green or blooming add a homey, welcoming touch, as your photos so aptly illustrate.

Brabourne Farm said...

I love all these gorgeous photos - you can never have too many flowers! Leigh

Susie said...

All of those places looked very inviting. But for some odd reason I loved the yellow building with the hanging basket the best. It appealed to me the most.

Antigonum Cajan said...

Each installation besides reflecting somehow the
taste of the owners, also demonstrate, a delicate sense of welcoming the strangers and
passers by...
They certainly go beyond merely attracting customers and visitors.

leavesnbloom said...

Great photos - very welcoming indeed.

~~kattz*cottage~~ said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures! Now I really have SPRING FEVER!!

Edith Hope said...

Of course, as your other commentators point out, you are absolutely right - the first impression is the most important and MUST be welcoming.
Strangely, as someone very new to writing a blog, only this morning I was writing about my tulip pots which I place beside the main doors of my house and garden. We may possibly not totally agree over colour, but I did enjoy your pictures.
Best wishes from a cold and snowy London.

Edith Hope said...

Just a note to say that I hope you do not mind but I have made mention of your blog in my own blog written today. Best wishes.

Titania said...

You are right Texasdaisy, any place decorated with plants and flowers looks much more welcoming I guess it is also a pleasure to put up a lovely display of flowering plants.

Mo said...

Wow, so many talented green thumbs there. It makes the town look so amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Nishant said...

I love all these gorgeous photos - you can never have too many flowers!
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Anonymous said...

Hi. Love your website. Just wanted to let you know, however, that it is
"wrought" iron, not "rod" iron. Have a good day.