Every year, I give myself advice and I say:
"I'm not going to buy a bunch of pots this year - they are too much work to water every single day. I'm going to be content with what is in the ground."
I say it in the spring, I say it in the summer, I say it in the fall and I say it in the winter.
And then, I buy a whole bunch of little pots.
Because they're cute.
Because I just have to have that particular plant.
Because that would look just great in this particular spot.
Because it looks a little empty over there.
Because they call to me in the store ... "buy me, please, please, buy me...take me home with you"
Because I am weak.
Because I have no will power.
Heck, I don't know why.
I don't know why, really, but I seem to be incapable of exercising even the most limited amount of restraint.
But, they are pretty.
And they do brighten up counters and corners and tables.
And it's nice to collect certain plants.
And they allow me to have certain tropical plants that would die in the ground if I couldn't move them in during the winter.
And some of them were given to me as gifts - I have to put plants in those.
And some have very sentimental value like this beautiful white Duranta tree that I was given 13 years ago in honor of my sick dog.
And, well...they make me happy.
Do you have more than a few pots sitting around your garden?