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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Spring is Here!

Yesterday I was out walking and I finally smelled it. Spring is here! You can smell it blowing on the breeze, the scent of flowers, and you don't have to walk up to them and stick your face in them to smell them. The bees are out and collecting nectar, spreading pollen and scaring children everywhere. So, I figured that since nature knows things I've never even thought about, I would get the pots all planted up yesterday. It seems pretty safe that we shouldn't get too cold again until Fall. (Yes, I just knocked on wood, so any freakish May blizzards are NOT my fault.)

I've tried to grow flowers in pots every year, with varying degrees of success and I've found a few things that seem to work without being crazy high maintenance. (Crazy high maintenance plants are often referred to as "dead" around my house. If you're high maintenance, you'd better talk, meow, or groan like a Wookie (Finn) because otherwise you're going to be overlooked as I take care of all the other high maintenance things around here, including myself.) In the front we get lots of sun all day long and I've found that geraniums will look good and bloom all summer pretty easily, as long as I keep them watered. I've got several pots like this on the stairs and a big one on our sidewalk. I was going to go with red geraniums, but then I found these dark magenta ones and I thought they would be fun. In the front is Alyssum or something like that. It smells good and I thought it would look nice with the dark geraniums. I've never tried it before so I have no clue how it will do, but if it snuffs it, the geraniums will fill out the pots nicely.
On our back deck, we get sun in the morning and late afternoon until the sun goes down, but its protected from sun during the hottest part of the day. I love impatiens on the deck. They bloom like crazy and will last all summer as long as I keep them watered well. By the time school starts, they're starting to look scraggly and leggy, but if you bloomed all summer, you probably would too. I found some in a pretty coral pink this year and added a white one to the big pot. When they fill in the pots, they will be a pretty splash of color on the deck.
Caleb wanted in on the planting fun, so I picked up some small pots in bright colors with matching saucers and he planted up some herbs (yes, I know its easier to buy them pre grown, but when you're 6, you want to grow stuff from seed). From left to right, the pots have Spearmint, Rosemary, and Basil. I've grown Spearmint and Basil from seed before but never Rosemary. I figure growing plants that he can nibble on will be fun for him and he's very excited about the seeds sprouting. I've explained that it will take about 2 weeks for them to sprout, but he checks them every few hours just in case. You never know with nature.
Finally, my all time favorite planter, the patio fish (although in this particular house, it's the deck fish). I got some New Guinea Impatiens or possibly New Zealand Impatiens for the fish - I can't remember, but its a new something or other from that part of the world type of impatiens. The growing conditions are the same as regular impatiens, but the flowers and the leaves are both more substantial than regular impatiens. These might actually come through a rain storm without looking like a drowned rat. Now all I have to do is remember to water everything and hopefully we should have bright colors all summer long!

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The alysium (sp?) may well be perennial. Plant some in your front flower bed and see if it comes up next year.
Mother (before 8 AM and uncaffeinated!)- trying to move up my clock for Virginia

8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melanie,

I LOVE the plants! Impatience always did well in the window sill in Nashville and I never killed them. I am going to find this New Zealand Impatience, though. That is gorgeous!

I hope you will keep us posted on the herbs, too!
Mindy

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Eva said...

An easy plant that does heat and not a lot of watering is Lavender. It grows very profusely and on top of that you can collect the flowers & dry them and keep moths away from your yarn/yarny stuff.

Cheers Eva

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Eva said...

PS: I think rosemary likes rocky soil... so soil with some pebbles in it...

10:18 AM  
Blogger Romi said...

Woohooo! Happy spring! :)

10:29 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

I LOVE the fish! Next year I will finally have a yard to attempt plant murder in and am so excited. (I have no delusions about the colour of my thumbs.)

10:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm one of the bunch that trooped over from Mason-Dixon. I did download Hanami but am really wondering if you have a picture of the transition. The transition chart really isn't doing it for me. Wondering what it looks like when the basket weave becomes the cherry blossoms. Thanks

Gerrie greenboatgbATnetscapeDOTnet
PS: couldn't seem to find your email

5:07 PM  

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