Yesterday, I shared some looks at the island beds (of annuals) that you can see in Luxembourg Gardens in Paris this year . I've used them as inspiration in the past for some containers, but this year, I thought we'd try to use them as inspiration for our front yard in-ground bed. I decided to use a combination of 36 (small) Dusty Millers and some other colorful annuals (that I haven't bought yet). I don't love pinks, so maybe reds is where I'll land. While the alternating color isn't locked in, the Dusty Millers are, indeed, 'locked-in'. Here you can see them below: six six-packs bought and brought home. In 2020, I planted 24 impatiens . Last year, we planted 20 sedum and 24 begonias . For historicals: Our first full year - in 2018 - we planted some Ranunculuses - about eight of them. In 2019, we planted 16 orange marigolds. +8 plants yoy. In 2020, we planted 24 Impatiens . +8 plants yoy. In 2021, we planted 20 Lemon Coral Sedum and 24 begoni
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The past few seasons, I've planted (at least) one container with an annual flower pattern that we first saw in the beds at Luxembourg Gardens in Paris a few years back. Here's one example - showing a combination of red, orange/yellow and blue/purple with Blue Salvia (Salvia farinacea), a yellow Zinnia and in front a red Wave petunia. I've used marigolds in lieu of Zinnias in other years like the corner box last year . I've drawn other inspiration from this very same garden - from chairs to edging to using cocoa bean mulch to the use of London Planetrees to falling in love with the orangerie box to espalier of various forms . One of the things that I was surprised by (not sure why) was that they have updated their annuals and the patterns they were using in their beds around Luxembourg Gardens in Paris this Summer (June 2022). In the more sunny section of the garden - around the big fountain - they're now showing a series of beds that include pinks, wh
Back in the shady parts of our yard, along the fence, we have these plants that come up in various spots. My assumption is that they're weeds of some sort and for the past few years, I've been pulling them. But, this year, I learned about Mayapples from Erin the Impatient Gardener . Looking at what she shows off as Mayapples , I wondered if this mult-lobe'd plant was, potentially Mayapple. The Missouri Botanic Garden has a listing up about Mayapple - or Podophyllum peltatum - where they talk about it being used in naturalized gardens and talks about how it disappears during the Summer : ...native Missouri wildflower that occurs in both moist and dry woodland areas throughout the State. From a single stem, each plant grows 12-18" tall and features one or two, deeply-divided, palmately-lobed, umbrella-like, pale green leaves (to 12" diameter). Excellent for naturalizing in woodland settings, wild or native plant gardens. Because plants naturalize freely but
The photo above is from the plans at Gardener's World that were our inspiration Back in April of this year, I published a list of seven additional or addendum items in my Spring/Summer To-Do List that included: "Work out the patio container situation" . We had a hodgepodge of containers in our back patio and Nat wanted to do something about it. She shared a few photos of planters that she liked and we came across this plan from Gardener's World that featured a simple timber planter . You can see it above and how it features a two-tiered planter with three sections. After noodling it a bit and altering the plans a little, we ended up trying our own hand at making a similar patio planter. Off I went to Menards and I ended up coming home with a van full of 2x3's of treated lumber. That 'altering' of the plans included Nat's decision to lop off the top level and just make it a flat-topped planter. Here's how it ended up: Because I
We've been growing Sweet Potato Vines for the better part of ten years. Basically ever since I started to buy and plant containers of my own, we've found a home for one of these. Or six of them. With their rock-bottom price (usually $0.99 a piece), I naturally grab one of these and a spike or two and check the box on the "spill" and "thrill" in the fill-spill-thrill container philosophy trio. But in all of that time, I have never had a Sweet Potato Vine flower. Until now. And I have not one vine flowering, but two! In two different containers . Here, below, you can see both of the wine barrel containers that I used on our patio and you can see that both of them have a very healthy/robust purple sweet potato vine and both are flowering! (also note how happy the Lemon Coral Sedum is, eh?) The flowers are quite striking and add some drama to the normally boring vine. From this DIYNetwork post , it turns out that the reason I haven'
Right before we went out of town for a few days recently, I gathered all of our patio containers and put them together in order to assist the watering - which was being done by one of our neighborhood kids. I snapped this photo of all of them in one spot to text to Nat to share with the girl's Mom so she knew what needed to be watered, but I figured I'd post it here to mark what our patio containers looked like in July of this year. In the far back, in the yellow pot 1 you can see the Chicago-hardy fig tree 2 that my Sister Vic and Equation Boy/Man gave me for my birthday this year. Right in front of that is one of my wine barrel planters with a grapevine 3 growing on the trellis. That's also the pot that has the Lemon Coral Sedum growing in it . In front of that wine barrel, but mostly obscured is my large basil plant. It is sharing a pot with one of my Elephant Ears . Then, buried under the foliage is the other wine barrel planter. That's this one wi