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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

May 28, 2011
1:49 AM

Post #8592166

Hi al,
I'll start to post my 2011 containers .
I'll be happy if you would like them.

Tomtom

#1Diascia in a petite basket

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

May 28, 2011
1:51 AM

Post #8592167

# Petunia basket

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

May 28, 2011
1:52 AM

Post #8592168

#3 Above two are displayed together this way.

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

May 28, 2011
1:57 AM

Post #8592170

#4 Tiarella is one of my favorites . I plant it in an antique container.

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

May 28, 2011
2:03 AM

Post #8592172

#5 Mimulus naiandinus in full bloom

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 28, 2011
2:20 AM

Post #8592178

Beautiful as always, Tomtom. I love the petunia basket.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 28, 2011
3:19 AM

Post #8592206

Fantastic. The antique container is a favorite of mine.
Tirellas look like they grew there on purpose.
Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

May 28, 2011
5:23 PM

Post #8593345

Hi Pirl,
Thank you for your kind reaction.
I myself like its soft shades too.

Hi ge1836
Finally I made the thread and am so happy to have your comment.
I 'm so fond of this container .It's so heavy though.

Tomtom

#6 Some containers of Tulip

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 29, 2011
2:55 AM

Post #8594024

The container looks like clay fired in a woodfired kiln. I always wished I could woodfire my pottery. I lived in a neighborhood and not the country. Woodsmoke would have driven the neighbors nuts.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

May 29, 2011
4:35 AM

Post #8594136

Beautiful...containers and flowers...quite enjoyed them.
snowtop
Orange, CA

May 29, 2011
9:32 AM

Post #8594585

Hooray - you're back .I always enjoy studying your beautiful containers.

In your
large containers do you fill them entirely with soil or fill them partially with something else to lignten the load?

Don't hesitate to show us more.
Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

May 29, 2011
6:31 PM

Post #8595471

sunkissed
So happy to learn that you've enjoyed them.

snowtop
Sometimes I use them as a container cover,and sometimes I fill them partially with something else .(mainly piecies of Styrofoam).
Thank you for your viewing .

Tomtom

#7 Containers gathered in April

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

May 29, 2011
6:32 PM

Post #8595474

#8 Those in May

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

May 29, 2011
6:36 PM

Post #8595477

#9 Mini basket of Viola

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toni5735
Chicago, IL
(Zone 5b)

May 30, 2011
12:23 AM

Post #8595879

Your flowers are so healthy and vibrant and I love the visual use of colorblocking!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2011
1:14 AM

Post #8595966

Once again great containers. Are those Lobelias in #8?
I am using lobelias heavily this year.
Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

May 30, 2011
3:36 AM

Post #8596030

Hi toni5735
>use of colorblocking

I didn't really mean to do the colorblocking.
But it turned out so as you pointed out .

ge1836
Yes the #8 is Lobelia as you said.
I really want to look at you Lobelia.

Tomtom

#10Nasturtium and Lobelia

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

May 30, 2011
3:38 AM

Post #8596034

#11 Tropaeolum hookerianum
a species of Tropaeolum (Nasturtium)

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

May 30, 2011
3:39 AM

Post #8596036

#12 Tropaeolum lepidum hyb.
a species of Tropaeolum(Nasturtium)

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2011
3:46 AM

Post #8596041

If the fog lifts and the atmosphere is brighter I will photo the lobelias I have.
These containers have only been planted about a week so nothing is filled out as it will be in a month or at least 2 more weeks.
Elsa123
Pretoria
South Africa

May 30, 2011
4:23 AM

Post #8596087

Absolutely beautiful!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 30, 2011
4:26 AM

Post #8596093

They are all so beautiful, Tomtom. It's better than looking at fancy magazines.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2011
4:52 AM

Post #8596134

Here are the lobelias and some torenias in case .I also included a new trailer for me,Scavola. I have both white and lavander.
I believe the lavanders in Lobelia and Scavols arent that outstanding. My eyes arent what they could be but it appears to me I could have chosen white and had the same affect.
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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

May 30, 2011
9:35 PM

Post #8598430

Ge1836,
All the flowers you have chosen are exactly the ones I'm hooked on.
I plant white Loberia too.
Your containers are fabulous at the moment,still they are getting more and more fabulous
as time goes on.

Tomtom

#13Diascias in tiny containers displayed this way

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

May 31, 2011
12:51 AM

Post #8598513

Thanks TomTom ,Your pots of diascias are sweet. I always find another annual when you post photos.
The hybred nasturtiums too.

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

June 2, 2011
12:35 PM

Post #8604236

#14 Gathering containers in May
Almost all the flowers are grown from seeds.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 2, 2011
12:56 PM

Post #8604264

What a cheerful sight.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 2, 2011
3:42 PM

Post #8604602

Glorious. You do the work we all dream of doing ourselves.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 3, 2011
7:05 AM

Post #8605935

Just for fun
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pgt
Chalfont, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 4, 2011
5:36 PM

Post #8609060

Oh, Tom Tom. Lovely as always. You are such a talented gardener. Great eye, and green thumb. I look forward to seeing your containers every year. You never disappoint.
pgt
Chalfont, PA
(Zone 6b)

June 4, 2011
5:42 PM

Post #8609073

holy crap, tom tom. That Tropaeolum hookerianum is out of this world!!! Sooooo jealous!!! How do you end up with such healthy GORGEOUS plants every time? You are like a magician!
confussedlady
Columbus, OH

June 7, 2011
4:15 PM

Post #8616191

As usual, breath taking. You are truly a designer.
What are the plants in picture # 14?

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 8, 2011
1:22 AM

Post #8617057

lovely
Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

June 8, 2011
4:34 AM

Post #8617172

Hi al,
Thank you for your friendly comments.
I'm highly flattered.
The rainy season has started in Japan and practically
all spring containers are coming to an end.

confussedlady

The flowered in # 14 are:
from front to back ;Silene uniflora and sweet pea'Cupid'
`Fuchi Sou, Cisanthe 'Brightness', Dianthus,Lobelia
Annual Gypsophila, Hesperis purple , Snapdragon 'Pink Champagne/

I myself am surprised at the number !!

Tomtom

#15 Campanula ramossisima

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 8, 2011
6:47 AM

Post #8617433

lovely TomTom
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 10, 2011
5:19 PM

Post #8622886

TomTom..absolutely breaktaking! We do look forward to your photos each year. Wished you'd post more often and tell us some of your secrets. That Diascia is going on my wish list in 2012! That "pink champayne" snapdragon..did you order seeds for that or find it locally? That is a real beauty too. Look forward to seeing more of your "artwork." Thanks for sharing with us.
tabasco
Cincinnati (Anderson, OH
(Zone 6a)

June 11, 2011
2:32 AM

Post #8623427



Yes, I too always look forward to your virtual container display. Thanks for giving me such inspiration!

I can't believe that your flowers are mostly seed grown! That is quite an achievement~~they look so voluptuous and well-grown. And many of them are rather rare varieties.

Beautiful!

joannabanana
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 11, 2011
4:11 PM

Post #8624479

TomTom,

Thank you for sharing. Beautiful combos.
marie_kap
Williamstown, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 11, 2011
6:16 PM

Post #8624730

I am in awe at those planters. They are gorgeous. Thank you for letting us see them. I should start doing more in planter due to the voles eating my plants.
confussedlady
Columbus, OH

June 12, 2011
9:10 AM

Post #8625539

Thank's, I can depend of your arrangements to wake up my brain
while deciding how to arrange my plants.
happgarden
Kansas City (Joyce), MO
(Zone 5a)

June 14, 2011
2:41 PM

Post #8630389

Beautiful containers and like the others I look forward to seeing your posts. Wonderful job.
SongsofJoy
New Hampshire, NH
(Zone 5b)

June 14, 2011
2:48 PM

Post #8630400

I sort of accidentally stumbled upon this thread and I'm glad I did. Your containers are just beautiful - the combination of colors and textures is wonderful and your photography skills are great too! Very artistic!
skellogg
Sundance, WY
(Zone 3b)

June 14, 2011
9:10 PM

Post #8631185

Thanks for all the great pictures of all your gorgeous containers! Really enjoy them! I found some mimulus this year in a local nursery, and picked up a couple of litte ones, but the nursery had never carried them before, and couldn't tell me a thing about them. I would love to know what to do with them, lol! Do they like sun/ shade? How big do they get? Any info you could give me on them would be great! Thanks!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2011
11:52 AM

Post #8632239

This mornings photos.I just love the lobelia.The deck is shaping up too. Too sunny there now for photos.

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plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 15, 2011
5:23 PM

Post #8632902

Wonderful displays TomTom. Glad to see you start another thread. Your are a true wonderful artist.

I tried planting lobelia seeds this spring without any success. Right now we are having daytime weather of 100 degrees which has my plants drooping. I water almost everyday.

What would you suggest for this type weather?

Please continue posting pics for us. You inspire us all.
Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

June 15, 2011
10:47 PM

Post #8633406

Thank you all for your respons

Pippi21
Snapdragon 'Pink Champagne 'is my most favorite.
I buy the seeds from 'Plants of Distinction' perhaps
but this year apparently they don't sell them.

tabasco
Long time no see!
How I wish I myself look as voluptuous as my flowers. LOL

joannabanana
I myself look forward to seeing your photos.

Marie I think there is lot of fun in combination in container planting.
Thank you

confussedlady
Yes ,grouping and arranging are the pleasures of continer gardenig.
I'm happy to be any help to you.

happgarden
thank you . I'm so flattered.

SongsofJoy
You're the first person to refer to my photography !!
Thank you.

skellogg
How nice to get Mimulus ! It's highly ornamental.
I'm not sure what species you got, but chances are that
they are hybrid.
In case ,they grow 30cm tall and 30cm wide.
They are easy to devide adn cut.
I'll show you the step-by-step photos of making a basket.

How to make Mimulus basket 1


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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

June 15, 2011
10:48 PM

Post #8633407

How to make Mimulus basket 2

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

June 15, 2011
10:51 PM

Post #8633408

How to make Mimulus basket 3

Finisshed !!

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

June 15, 2011
10:55 PM

Post #8633412

Extra .
Mimulus cardinalis

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

June 15, 2011
11:03 PM

Post #8633416

plantsforpeg

Lobelia is so vulnerable to heat.We(zone 9b)sow the seeds in autume or in early spring.
When you buy the plants, you'd better do so in the early spring.
good luck !

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

June 16, 2011
12:36 AM

Post #8633496

Lobelias do like it cool.I have had the best success with fullsize plants from Romence Gardens.
I plant them in containers with other plants,that are 18-20 inches diameter and keep them in a part sun location.
Last summer my lobelias dried up and looked awful.
Z6 is having a cool spring now so we are able to keep containers from drying up.
July and August are the hottest here.
We will see how lobelias progress then.
I have never had luck with seed.
TomTom the mimulas are beautiful.
plantsforpeg
Ventress, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 16, 2011
5:05 AM

Post #8633663

I did purchase all varieties of Kale from TwillySeeds.com. I will sow these in the fall for winter containers.
I too love Kale.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

June 16, 2011
5:09 AM

Post #8633671

Your photos have always been excellent, Tomtom!
skellogg
Sundance, WY
(Zone 3b)

June 16, 2011
6:32 AM

Post #8633784

TomTom, thanks for all the info! You're mimulus are gorgeous! Now I don't expect mine to turn out as nice as yours, but I have something to shoot for now, lol! Do you have yours in full sun, shade, or a combination? It is such a big help knowing what to do with these! I know that most people won't pick up strange plants without a clue as to what to do with them, but that obviously does not apply to me. Do you overwinter yours outside or can they be moved inside for the winter? They have such cute little flowers on them, I would love to try to keep them year round.
skellogg
Sundance, WY
(Zone 3b)

June 16, 2011
6:52 AM

Post #8633817

You're containers are absolutely stunning! I am so awestruck! Love your diascias and are definately putting those on my list for 2012 too! Going to go back thru all your older posts as well and look at all your pictures ;-)
mattsmom
Tomah, WI

July 3, 2011
3:23 AM

Post #8669117

Absolutely beautiful! Every single one!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 3, 2011
3:28 AM

Post #8669122

Thanks mattsmom.I love to spend the winter making choices. I am tending toward perennials in addition to the coleus.
As in all gardening some I had high hopes for didnt really succede
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

July 3, 2011
4:55 AM

Post #8669189

TomTom...We do enjoy seeing your container and consider them works of art. It gives me lots of ideas for color combination. That last picture..I'm not familiar with that flower..so will have to look it up in the plant files. Do you buy starter plants from a local nursery/garden center or do you grow everything from seeds yourself? How do you have the flowers planted in the first few photos? Are they inside another pot or planted inside the basket itself?

Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

July 3, 2011
5:15 AM

Post #8669209

Gosh, it sure would be nice if you did like some tuitorial of how you create your container selections and show pictures of products you used. They may be different than what we have in USA but maybe we will recognize them. Do you use potting MIX when you pot up a container or use a soiless seed starting mix. You mentioned you don't use a special kind of soil but use something that has leaf molt added. I wonder if that is like a soil conditioner here called Leaf Gro?

I'm so fascinated by your artistic creativity and envious to be trueful! We do appreciate you sharing your beautiful photos with us and look forward to them so much. Wished you would post more than once a year.
WormsLovSharon
Las Vegas, NV

July 3, 2011
9:04 PM

Post #8670805

Beautiful baskets. One talented gardener. Love to all of you and be safe and enjoy the 4th.

Sharon. And all is well.
Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

September 5, 2011
5:23 AM

Post #8793897

Hi all,
Here are my recently containes.
#17 big pot planting

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 5, 2011
5:26 AM

Post #8793900

Beautiful, Tomtom. You are so creative and so good with container planting!
Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

September 5, 2011
5:27 AM

Post #8793901

#18 Fuchiso and Amaranthus behind

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 5, 2011
5:39 AM

Post #8793926

Thanks for the update Tom Tom.those are wonderful. I also love the Dicondra for a spiller.

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Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

September 5, 2011
6:44 AM

Post #8794054

Hi pirl,
Thank you for your compliment.
I'm so happy.

ge1836,
Your container goes extremely well with the deck.
The bright silver of Dicondra is simply gorgeous .
I always use it in my summer and fall containers.

thank you.

Tomtom
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

September 5, 2011
7:25 AM

Post #8794134

What is the small red flower in photo#6? Everything is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing and giving us all kinds of ideas on mixing different colored plants together. You have such a creative touch! We look forward to any of your pictures, anytime of the year!
Tomtom
OSAKA
Japan
(Zone 9b)

September 6, 2011
7:43 AM

Post #8795748

Pippi21,
That red flower is Alonsoa.
I love it's vivid color.


Tomtom

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

September 6, 2011
7:45 AM

Post #8795752

Breath taking.
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

May 13, 2012
8:06 PM

Post #9122711

When you be posting your 2012 container gardens? I just posted a message asking about you. In your 2011 pictures, Picture#7 I know what the flowers are in top pot(violas or Johnny Jump-ups) What is the pink flower on the right with yellow center? The purple and blue plants?

Do you think some of these seeds can be purchased here in the USA?

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