Monday, May 5, 2014

Time for garden container planting...

New soil, mulch and plants in last week's post means it's time to move on to the other things on my garden to-do list.  At the top of the list?  Pots.

Every year, I vow not to plant so many pots.  The heat makes taking care of them unbelievably time consuming.  But they add so much to our patio space. 

So this year, I've thrown caution to the wind and actually gone out searching for more large pots to buy.  Crazy, I know.

In the meantime, this is what my patio looks like -- a war zone!


 More pots! 
Untersetzers.  This is one of several words that I just think of in my native German.  I don't even know what you call them in English! 
Online plant orders!

 This is my favorite pot so far -- a dracena, potato vine, diamond frost euphorbia in the background and a hot pink variegated bougainvillea.
 This pot with only the amaryllis was given to me by a friend when she moved.  I added the plumeria (stick on the right - just now putting on a leaf) and a succulent, potato vine and in the back a burgundy curly-leafed basil.
The two giant pots back by the pool have mystic spires, Mexican honeysuckle (not showing yet), homestead verbena, sun coleus and a lemon ball succulent.

Have you planted your pots yet?

10 comments:

Linda/patchwork said...

I say no new pots, every year, too.
Never works.
Your containers look good.

Laura said...

Aside from the citrus trees, I had no potted plants until yesterday, where a new abutilon and asparagus fern liven up a dead spot at the end of a pathway. I love your pots, they bring so much color.

Laura said...

Aside from the citrus trees, I had no potted plants until yesterday, where a new abutilon and asparagus fern liven up a dead spot at the end of a pathway. I love your pots, they bring so much color.

getgrounded said...

This year, by golly, I'm not having any pots except for the succulents by the back door. And oh yeah, the fern on the front porch. And I forgot, the big container with the hummingbird plant, and then there's the stock tank grouping. But that's it, I'm sayin'! It's hard, isn't it? And your pots are so pretty!

Diana said...

Linda/patchwork - it's just pointless to even say it, isn't it?!

Laura - and you'll keep getting more - it's like a spreading disease!

getgrounded - See, I know how it is! But I am planning to use the pots for some photo shoots I'm going to do, so I am justifying them that way!

outlawgardener said...

As we run out of space in the ground to plant our beloved plant finds, gardening in pots allows us to continue collecting. It's a bit addictive. Your pots are looking good! My garden all looks like your war zone patio with all of the potted plants I bring outside after spending the winter inside. After they're accustomed to the outdoor light again, most of them need to be re potted, cleaned up, and to find a place in the garden. By October it'll look great but then it'll be time to haul everything back inside.

Carla said...

I'm so glad I'm not the only one to make the "I'm cutting back on pots this year!" vow...only to fail miserably. Too much temptation out there and like yours, they add so much color and beauty to our areas not near the garden. I've finally decided the extra watering effort just gets me out there among the birds, butterflies and flowers, anyway. It's a win-win.

Ally said...

Many of my pots are still sitting empty. Everything is behind schedule this year. It's high time I head out to find some replacements. I can't resist those colorful annuals and great color combinations.

Pam/Digging said...

Yes, I have, and they're nearly all filled with succulents. Yours are a lovely addition to your garden, and I'm glad you have the patience to water them all summer!

Diana said...

Outlawgardener - You are so right - it's addictive. Guess I need a 12 step program this year!

Carla - you hit the nail on the head -- I do love to water. It gets me into the garden enjoying things and not pulling weeds. Everything's relative. But I do get tired of it in August!

Ally - I still have a whole slew of little 4" annuals waiting in the garage.

Pam - I did put two cute new succulents into the lovely iron planter you gave me - I just love it.