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The floating pier is subjected to wind and boater's man made waves from time to time. So DH and I decided to secure the pot in place. The pot is accessorized with water resevoir hooked up to an irrigation system hidden from view.
Placement of various annuals/tropical perennials plantings on April 6th. Tallest plant (in the middle) is variegated Penta for the butterflies. Red and Blue annuals of aromatic 'Scarlet' Nemesia. And 'Poetry Blue' Nemesia. Other trailing plants such as verbena to "pick up" the color of the pot, spikes likes Salvias 'Lady in Red' and a salmon color salvia to soften down the hot colors of both the Nemesia and Penta. Both hummingbirds and butterflies frequent this container quite a bit thus far.
Kim, loved seeing all your beautiful containers! Thanks for sharing with us! We are so far behind this year, I'm not sure any of mine will have time to fill in before winter sets in again, lol! Our lilacs are just now blooming, so they are about 3-4 weeks behing where they usually are. Ughh! But that's what's so great about gardening on line! I can enjoy all the wonderful plants that won't ever get here, lol!
Thank you skellogg for your compliment. The weather indeed is very unusual this year. Lilac, lilac is a much loved plants here. What I've in the garden isn't perform well I've yet to find one that thrives here. They don't have enough 'chills hours' down South I don't think.
You're Welcome! Not enough "chill" is not something we ever think about here, lol! But love the wonderful fragrance from the lilacs! They do wonderful here, so almost everyone has tons of them. Seems that when we actually find something that grows good here, everyone plants tons of them! The great part is that the whole neighborhood smells wonderful! Love your football lily! I don't think I've ever seen one of them before!
The 'Football' lily was a gift from a fellow gardener. It reminds me of her gentle way every time I care for the plant. I'm glad you enjoyed it as well. Here is a new one I recently introduced into the garden. I call these 'Blue Butterflies' plant. (Clerodrendron blue).
Hello Caroline from Calgary Canada. Many of these 'container grown plants' are not hardy here either. They're truly 'tropical perennials'. It requires hard work on my part. For these containers are portable and are being overwintered indoor.
More of the crinum 'Milk & Wine' blossoms. Tempermental plants, require sun/shade just right. I've many of these for many years. Only this particular one blooms consistently every year. Others, just foliage.
It is so much fun seeing your transition from spring to summer! I just finished putting seeds in for morning glories and marigolds and such today, hahahaha! It is still very cool in the evenings, down to about 40 most nights, so definately not ready for summer yet! I'm guessing that Calgary isn't any warmer yet, teeheehee!
Ge, thanks. The gravel path is my hubby's idea. It turns out nice, there's a the bonus as it's functional. Our yard is slight slope and he was redesigning the area to faciliate drainage for the lawn. Or what we've left of the lawn. Skellogg, I used to devoted the front garden for spring bulbs planting. But the past couple of years I'm shifting from mass bulbs planting into containers -- then the project evolved into a transitional planting to promote a longer growing season. No, I used nursery plants since I can see what I really wanted according to height, color and textures ect. The tropical perennials however, are maintained over the years. The little old spring bulbs garden is gradually turned into a perennial planting which is work in progress at present.
Wow! Talk about zone envy here! So many wonderful plants that I just can't find here, let alone grow! I really like those durantas! They are wonderful! But I really really love those nemesias! Such awesome little flowers and fragrant too! I have never seen those here anywhere, but am definately going to have to see if I can order some for next year for my pots! They are adorable! Thanks for sharing those pictures, I think, teeheehee!
I so enjoyed the durantas too skellogg. They do make viable seeds. But sure will take some time to mature and make flowers. I'm not sure how long, a couple of years perhaps. ge I like those containers. They're well made. Can tolderate the hot and cold in our climate (zone 7b) just as well. skellogg, if you've a fav. nursery. Ask them to order those nemesias. I've several nurseries in the areas that carry hard to find plants. :))
Jan, we've an irrigation system. DH tried to install drip watering system to help eliviate some work on my part. Luckily we pump the water from the lake, otherwise we can't afford the water requirement during hot summer months.
Plumeria's blooms. The first in the season. In their native habitat, plumerias are great big trees. In temperate zones we can have these lovelies in small containers. Cuttings from mature trees can yield flowers readily. These are fragrant too.
Jo Ann, the flowers shown are mostly tropical. Remember, they're container grown, not Alabama natives. I'm learning more about native and woodland gardening. But if I had my choice, I'd be on some remote tropical Islands somewhere in the world. Just a thought.
p.s. for instance Oleander, these fragrant flowers line the street in Hawaii, here I've a few just as specimen plants. I planted one in the ground. It's pretty adaptive, winter hardy here but took longer to recuperate and produce flowers. This one it's intended to be sheltered indoor come late autumn.
An evergreen passionflower in my zone. A second flush of blooms for the season. It's once again winding down. It's time to fertilize, hopefully they will resume with a repeat flush within a couple of weeks.