The Sunday porch: tea party

Tea on porch, 1887, State Library of Queensland, Australia“Group of women having a tea party in Queensland, Australia,” ca. 1887, photographer unknown, via State Library of Queensland.

Beautiful Platycerium or staghorn ferns on the wall and columns. These could be Platycerium superbum, which are native to Australia. The one on the left seems to be supporting another plant — maybe a coleus.

How quiet it is, how silent,
like an afternoon in Pompeii.

Louise Glück, from “A Summer Garden

The Sunday porch: St. Mary’s County

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“Lynch Farm, St. Mary’s County, Maryland,” 1936 or 1937, by Frances Benjamin Johnston, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

You can scroll through over a year’s worth of Sunday porches here.
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