The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you.
– Robert Louis Stevenson
Spring has sprung, and I am always excited to plant my outdoor flower pots at this time of year. The inspiration for my flower pots came from when we lived in Chicago and all of the street side restaurants. The coffee shops, bistros, and pubs would have fabulous flower pots on the sidewalks for spring, summer, and fall. I always thought they looked great, so I wanted to mimic the look at my own home. Not only do they remind me of the time when we lived in Chicago (and summers were always the best in the city), but I think the burst of color livens up our home!
Plan your color scheme...I chose pink this year.
You will also want to plan the layout of your plants before you plant. I usually do this by taking the plants out of their containers, and laying them on the soil in the location where I want them. I start in the center with a “spike” and then surround the spike with the flowers. I put vinca vines on each side of the pot, so they will grow and spill out onto the steps of our porch. The petunias go in a group in front, with begonias on the sides, and pink vincas in the back (they grow taller). I usually group the same flowers together, but I have also alternated my flowers, which looked great as well. I pack my pot full of plants (usually 5-6 of each), that way when the young plants grow throughout the summer, they overflow. Water well when planted and enjoy the beauty all summer! I usually water my pots once a day, or every other day, depending on how hot it’s been! Just feel the soil, and if it feels dry, then water.
Center of Pot: a spike (sold at any hardware store for about $2.50)
On the Sides: two variegated vinca vines (sold at hardware stores as well $2.50)
Flowers: petunias, vincas, and begonias (I got a six pack of each for .99 at my local hardware store)
Recycling a Garden Hose:
An old tip if you just planted a tree and need to stake it...use an old garden hose. Cut it into sections, and string it onto the rope that you are going to use to tie to the stake. It will protect your tree, it's free, and you saved a hose from going to a landfill!
Happy planting and growing!
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