This is one of the pots that has been allowed to have bulbs live there permanently. These are daffodil ‘Fidelity’, pale yellow outer petals with a pink trumpet. These are fancy ones and sort of expensive so it seemed a good idea to place them in this container for better appreciation of their unique qualities. Annual dianthus that has weathered two of our winters rim the edge, they will sport white with dark pink blooms soon. Angelina sedum is in there also, but kind of gets lost in all the foliage, it may have to be replaced.
Another blue pot, there are three altogether, planted with more violas and an ornamental cabbage last fall. The stakes were holding bird netting that has since been removed. It had to be done to keep those rotten squirrels from digging everything up and out while they try to bury the walnuts so abundant here. Some other annuals will go in here in June, that is the time the violas give up the ghost.
Ahhh. The rosemary topiary. Safely behind the old glass shower door, this square shaped pot holds the forest of rosemary. It is one of the container plantings that gives great delight in the pinching and pruning of the aromatic tips. Planted at the base is the scotch moss, the theme color is all green all the time.
A view of several of the glazed pots with the green one in the fore. Planted last fall with daffodil ‘Gentle Shepherd’, an orange trumpet ivory petaled beauty, according to the picture on the package anyway. These will be allowed to bloom then will be moved into the garden in a needy area. This pot is too small to hold a lot of plants, especially perennials, so it gets new bulbs each fall and new annuals each spring. But it has not caused any delight, yet, maybe this year? Or maybe not this year.
A beautiful pot with some sad violas. Stocks and snapdragons were planted in the fall, along with the violas, but failed to make it through the winter. More stakes used as squirrel nutkin prevention. This needs a whole new redo. Why didn’t we put any bulbs in here? Oh I remember, it had these beautiful flowers in it, but they did not stay beautiful, did they?
The height of this pot gives the plants more of a chance to survive the heat and drought of summer. These daffodil ‘Sinopel’ were just stuck in recently. These have a small cup of green with light colored outer petals and they are very fragrant, it is easy to bend over to sniff them in this tall pot. Last year angelonia, osteospurmum and salvia farinacea did well with no supplemental water in this pot.
Uh oh, a crack is spied in this gold colored pot. It has been sitting here in the gravel since 2003, when an attempt was made to move it, it held fast to the gravel covered earth. It seems the lavender, which has performed with flying waves of purple, has grown through the bottom of the pot into the willing gravel medium underneath. There are some evening primrose of some kind that came with the lavender in an herb assortment planted in a plastic pot along with a purple sage and some pansies, both long since deceased. The root ball of the lavender has pushed against the side of this pot until one of them had to give in, the pot was the first to blink apparently. It has been decided to let the pot break away and see how long the lavender will survive without a pot, why not? We like to experiment around here and that seems like a good one.
A wire basket that was forgotten about and should have been included with the metal segment of Containers-Part One , planted with purple kale and the lone surviving Tuscan Black kale. The seed was purchased because it was thought to be black, but it is green. There is a little cilantro seedling growing at the edge from left over seed from last year’s crop, which was a failure. Isn’t that the way of it, the things that are carefully sown and pampered fail while the accidents thrive. Often we step back from the garden care to just let things make the necessary adjustments for their own survival, what comes from that are the strongest and hardiest, plants that need little in the way of human intervention. Sure, we dote over the dahlias and fret over the frittilarias, but there are a lot of things planted here and it is just me taking care of it all so the less that has to be done, the better.
The only plastic pot, one of those fake stone urn looking things bought on sale for reasons unknown. It is large, lightweight, and perfect for bulbs, however. We like to use it to test new to us bulbs before they are planted in the ground. The bulbs get planted in the fall and when they come up and bloom, we can see the color, timing and form and then decide where that color, etc. can be put to the best use out in the garden. These are gladiolus byzantinus, a hardy glad that grows to twenty-four inches tall. With their purple red flowers and sword like foliage, they would make a good accent somewhere out there. Note the little spinach seedlings at the end. They will go into the veggie patch soon. Sometimes seeds are thrown in when the bulbs get planted in the fall, just to see what will grow, always a surprise.
This stump has some sedum and dianthus ‘Tiny Rubies’ planted with our little clay bird friend. Someday it will rot down to become part of the garden mulch, but for now, the nooks and crannies of the bark add enchantment to our little piece of paradise. The containers themselves are the ornament here, if there is a particularly fine planting on occasion, that is an accidental bonus. We will scour the other bloggers’ posts for ideas about how to improve in that department. The comment section at Gardening Gone Wild had some suggestions of bloggers to visit whose container gardens are legendary. We need to study those for ideas that can be used in our containers, all ideas are needed and welcome.