Takes about 1-1/2 hours to do the entire yard. Most containers are large enough that they do not need to be watered every day. All the lined wire baskets have a heavy plastic liner with bottom slits for drainage. Here's my gardener in training & she is about 5 feet tall. she can reach all the baskets easily with this water wand (48")
Thank you for the tour Joanna. Your yard shows a lot of beauty and hard work. I, like Texas Liz, have a difficult time keeping plants watered. Here in SoCal it is usually parched. At the most we might get 13" inches of rain a year.
Thanks everyone. This year is about 3 weeks behind normal for everything. We even had a freak snow storm & frost the 2nd week in June. It was VERY discouraging. Still hasn't got very warm and the nights are very cool
Thanks for taking the time to post all those photos! I SO LOVE seeing "normal" people's back yards! Such a wonderful way to start my morning...sipping coffee and enjoying your beautiful efforts! My local gal-pal (aka partner in crime) and I do at LEAST one yard tour a summer and we always enjoy the yards that are done by the homeowners ...and not professional yard services. I love the green house views! I'll be right over to just sit in the yard and enjoy! :)
Also, I love your bold pops of that blue color (chairs, doors etc). My home is a very neutral pallet...and I have been trying to think of a fun color to put on my front door and one small gate. The Feng Shui rules say flame red (due to the direction my door faces)...but...I'm not sure I'm ready for that...lol
Here's my planters as of a couple of days ago. It's taking about 20 minutes each day to water. Luckily, we've had enough rain this week that I haven't had to water since Sunday. Really weird for us to have any rain in July, much less the several inches we've had.
joannabanana - Loved your photos. What a beautiful yard you have! I agree with Highmtn, I like seeing "normal" people's yards better than professionally landscaped ones. I find it's more inspiring to see what others have done themselves (not that professional jobs aren't beautiful, mind you...). I especially like how you hung the two window baskets above your garage window. Great idea! That leaves space below it for more containers.
Irwells50 - Beautiful! I'd say the 20 minutes a day are definitely worth it. Your containers look so lush and full! I would never guess that you live in a dry area.
Thanks. I keep saying I'm not going to plant as many next year, and I always do it anyway. I'm lucky that we have some college students that work for us, and I can just have one of them come by and water before they go to work if I'm going to be out of town.
Thanks I also cant resist a container.
I had lived on a small lot and being the driveway couldnt be used I put containers there.
When we moved here 2 years ago I brought 12 with me.
Ive added 4 this year because the cheap fiberglass ones are looking bad and some are cracked.
I'll be down to 10 next spring.
This is the old driveway w/ containers
This was August 2004
Joanna- your garden looks great. How many months do you get to enjoy it, and what do you do with all the pots during your long winter? We used to have friends from Edmonton who lived in San Diego Mid-Sept to mid-May due to not being able to tolerate the cold (medical reasons). That must translate to plant life too? Our 'dormant' period is like other desert areas and is about 3 summer months.
That's about right Mid September for 1st frost and Mid May for last frost. although this year is a little whacked. This week we have had record high temperatures. It's like we are getting August weather in September, which has been a treat. I move alot of my canna lilies, geraniums, begonias and stuff to my daughter's school atrium and help look after the indoor garden thru the winter...then I take them all back in the spring. I store the dahlias in a heated garage. The rest is compost. I put the potting soil in the flower beds. All my roses that are in containers spend the winter in the veggie garden with lots of peat moss mulched up about a foot. In Feb I start the madness again with seeding petunias and a number of annuals & tomatoes. In March I start my greenhouse up and start some stuff in there. I also do some wintersowing in March.
We have enjoyed awesome weather so far this September. No frost yet and record high temps. I pulled some the annuals out that had gone to seed or were looking a bit ratty. The forecast is for another great weekend.
Boy that is not a sight that any gardener looks forward too!!! I have a terrible time with depression shortly after our 1st hard frost!!!! Of course you know we don't have weather like yours but once in a Blue Moon!!!!
NOOOO!!! We don't even want to get that cold!!!! We had the 4th or 5th snow of my life time last year but it was maybe 30 degrees and warmed up from there. LOL!!! I don't know how Yall can stand 3 degrees. Hibernate?