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On the patio

PostPosted: Jul 20, 2009 9:13 am
by govgirl75
Here are a few containers on and around the patio.

Re: On the patio

PostPosted: Jul 20, 2009 10:09 am
by JaneG
Oh, those look nice! :D I always like to include sweet potato vine and coleus in my annual containers. The barrel has perennials in it . . . are you able to overwinter them in the container successfully?

Re: On the patio

PostPosted: Jul 20, 2009 10:53 am
by eastwood2007
Lovely! I especially like the barrel planter as I have mostly shade to work with. Does it overwinter...like Jane asked?

Re: On the patio

PostPosted: Jul 20, 2009 10:57 am
by govgirl75
Thanks :D
The perennials were divisions from plants in the garden. I was tired of spending money every year on annuals for the barrels, so I experimented with the perennials. I planted the divisions last summer and left them in the barrels over the winter. I expected some of the stuff to die, but everything I planted came back just fine. I am going to experiment with some other perennials in containers next year. I have ostrich ferns in mind as they are taking over the place :lol:
Break over. Back to weeding.
Gloria

Re: On the patio

PostPosted: Jul 29, 2009 7:28 pm
by Aud
govgirl, your pots are gorgeous!!! So full and lush. I do not like buying a bunch of annuals either every year I use houseplants and tropicals that I can save and use the next summer. It is like throwing money in the wind for 3 months. The Ostrish Ferns work great. I will post a pic tomorrow of the pot I did with the fern. It look better in the pot than it does in the ground. :lol:

Re: On the patio

PostPosted: Aug 01, 2009 3:38 pm
by govgirl75
Oh, please do post a picture of the ferns in containers. Mine are really running rampant here and I have been racking my brain as to what to do with them. I started with one fern several years ago and now they have taken an area 12'x20'. I want more room for hostas and need to move most of the ferns somewhere.
Glo

Re: On the patio

PostPosted: Aug 02, 2009 5:02 am
by newtohosta-no more
They all look lovely, Glo! Very nicely done. :D

Re: On the patio

PostPosted: Aug 02, 2009 11:09 am
by govgirl75
Thanks! :D

Re: On the patio

PostPosted: Aug 06, 2009 2:40 pm
by Ginger
Who is the little dog in the second photo? Looks a bit like LG's Papillion.. or like my Rattie with more hair :lol: :lol:
The containers look great, you did a good job with the different plants and contrasts!

Ginger

Re: On the patio

PostPosted: Aug 06, 2009 6:45 pm
by caliloo
Great containers but I love the Chihuahua! What a cutie pie!

Do you use special potting mix in them? I always seem to miss the right blend, either too coarse and it doesn't hold enough water or it is too dense and gets everything too wet :???:

Yours look super healthy!

Alexa

Re: On the patio

PostPosted: Aug 06, 2009 7:26 pm
by govgirl75
Thanks, you guys!
The little dog is my third Chihuahua, Murphy. He looks kind of like a "Mini Me" of Willie. :lol:
I actually changed my potting mix this year and it has worked better. I have used ProMix for containers in the past. It comes in a lavender colored bag. I had a lot of trouble with it crusting over in the container and the water running off. This year I tried a mix with some of those water retention crystals in it. I removed about 8 inches of the ProMix and added the new stuff and mixed the two together. Then I added Osmocote and plants. I am happy with the results. The plants went in late in June and have grown well. The "mixed mix" :D seems to absorb the water and not crust over. I still water nearly every day, but the plants seem to have use of the water.
Glo

Re: On the patio

PostPosted: Aug 30, 2009 7:47 pm
by Aud
govgirl, I am sorry it took me so long. I forgot. If you find my memory send it home. This is one root I could have used another root. Next year I am going to copy you and add a hosta. :lol:

Image

Re: On the patio

PostPosted: Aug 30, 2009 10:11 pm
by govgirl75
Aud,
Thanks for the picture of your ostrich ferns in a pot. You have inspired me to try that next spring. That will leave me more room for hostas in the beds.
Glo