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And you'll keep us posted with pictures, riiiiight!?! < =) (nodding "yes" as I ask that question). Heeheeheeee
I noticed on other pictures you shared, you've got these "pedestal" things that many of your pots sit on... it looks as though they're made of concrete... sort of hard to explain, but I'm sure you know what I am talking about. Where did you get those!? I have a few areas in mind where I could REALLY use something like that!! They look to be fabulously functional and they're very attractive!
I got lucky and a friend was in a victorian neighborhood where there was demolition going on.She scored one for me.They were a series of concrete posts part of a front door entryway.
I think they can be had at any re-purpose business. Its a matter of luckfinding them
Well, phooey!! < ;) Ok, I'll start looking around 'cause those look like MUST HAVES. I've got a concrete/statuary place really close to me, if I have to, I'll print one of your pics (with your permission, of course), and share it with them to see if they can make some for me. I've also got a "Pottery" place nearby that has all sorts of ... well, ... pottery (go figure!), and stuffs that go with pottery, they may carry something like this. I potted up 3 Lemon Grasses to put on my deck, and I really don't like them sitting **directly** on the deck, would be nice to give them some feet.
Thank you for the reply! Soooo, how're the babies doing now? Any new progress? =)
I was out pixing the containers and realized I might have given you wrong info. There is a tall pedistal in the back of a group .It has a pot of reddish coleus .That is not the victorian pedestal I told you about.
That is a cera,ic sculpture. Its in this album. The Vic.Ped. is in that group but almost hidden.
Joann, how do you decide which to put with what? I guess what I'm really asking is do you have a picture in your mind of what the filled out, finished planter will look like before you start, or do you just assemble stuff you like and see what looks good together? I've wanted to write an article about mixed containers forever but the way *I* do it is so haphazard, it could hardly qualify as instructions!
ge, loved your smilebox. Your containers are gorgeous. Do you move them as I do as the sun gets stronger in the high summer heat?
Some of my containers have not filled in yet, but they're the only things with color once the peonies and irises are done. Once the lilies and bee balm open, the dahlias will soon follow, and some of the containers will go to an eastern exposure. The biggest problems have been both bulbs/corms and small plants that are constantly being stirred up shortly after planting. For some crazy reason there is no end to the chipmunks and squirrels and that darn wabbit. I've tried blood meal, cracked pepper and more, but to no avail, but I still have the best control in containers.
cathy! I move them as they fill and spill over.I dont mind intermingles in the garden but I like my containers to have a bit of space so each stands out.
carrilamont: designing and choosing plants for containers is my winter job. I do visualize what I want and widen my inner screen to include a grouping.
Coleus are the main plant in nearly all my planters.I have files of pictures on my computer and go to them when doing a virtual arrangment.I use Picasa ( collage ) to combine colors.
Its not as casual as it looks.I really plan hard and keep files and records of all kinds of plants and flowers. I figured thats what the "My Pictures" folder was for.lol
I have been adding perennials to containers the past 3 years so the need for annuals is deminishing.
I live with DD,She has a friend whose husband is a farmer and they go to the farm market so DD buys annuals from them,I keep my annual population down because we live together and she loves flowers and loves her containers so that arrangement suites us both.
HOWEVER, I dont get to choose the colors she buys and there are intermingled some visuals that arent exactly what I would have chosen.
I am the mother so I say nothing. Somehow the containers look great every year.
Cathy: HAIR!!!!!!! < =D Yes Ma'am, hair has been a GREAT squirrel deterrent for me, including in my containers!!! I was actually outside in the back yard yesterday, watching a squirrel saunter (yes, SAUNTER) over the fence from the back neighbor's yard; he nosed around in my pots on the benches back there, in the trellis planters, but all he did was peek around, he didn't touch anything, just looked and sniffed, then hopped up into the bird bath for a nice long drink. Back up the fence and away he went, without digging in ONE single thing. I've got hair in ALL of my planting areas, and it really seems to be working. I used to have the WORST problem with squirrels EVERYWHERE I tried to grow anything, but not anymore; I put hair EVERYWHERE. I used to plop a few containers here and there out front in the big bed, and would find them dug out all over the place, but not anymore! Wheeeee!!!!! Oh, and by the way, WOW what beautiful containers you've got there! =)
Polly, I want to thank you for the BRILLIANT idea of pot feet!! I spent some time on Friday looking through Commerce's order book at work, and I think I've talked Boss Lady into ordering a few different types of them... namely for ME! < =D Now we'll just see when we order them. ;)
Oh my GOSH they are absolutely SPECTACULAR!!! I love the ones with the bright pink Verbena in them, Verbena has become one of my favourites. WOWEEE, some really beautiful art ya got going on there Young Lady! =)
I love lantana, specifically when they have pink and orange in the same plant, but my husband found them very irritating and itchy. He has extremely sensitive skin, which he finds terribly embarrassing!
Aaawww Carrie, that's nothing for him to be embarrassed about!!! Lantana can be harsh on the most burly of people. My own DH has very sensitive skin as well, and he leaves all the plant-handling chores to me. I like it that way, actually! =) I love Lantana too, just wish it wasn't an annual... or at least around here it is. But at least I get to take care of it at work! :)
Heeheeeheeee, yes Ma'am, I totally understand... hence my saying "that's nothing for him to be embarrassed about". ;) I mean, it's not like you would say to him "Well, gosh, I wish I'd known you had sensitive skin BEFORE I married you, I never would have married you if I had known!!". LOL!!!!!!!!!!! Just tell him it's nothing more than a reflection of his beautiful sensitive heart, which you love so well! =D
Polly, I love your container smileboxes as well as lilies. I am so impressed that your containers have filled in so well. Did you start indoors?
I notice that some of your containers are very large. Do you fill them completely so that they are very heavy, or do you put in a false bottom? I have added false bottoms to some of my the largest containers, but they are still pretty heavy.
While you ar busy designing in the winter, I'm still trying to keep the indoor cuttings alive (HA-HA).
That must be it. I just re-looked through the last slide-show that you shared, and what I saw is in pic #20, in the bottom right corner of the pic. There are some almost lanceolate-looking leaves of a very deep purple. That's what I mistook for the Setcretia at first glance.
So, at work we've got this notebook that we use to keep track of supply orders, both for the store and specific stuff for customers. There will be another order placed on Monday, so yesterday I put "Pot Feet" in the book... let's see if BossLady decides she needs to order them. < =D
I got the cute ones from Kinsman.Not cheap but who knows Goodluck.
I'll try to ID #20 That IS sweetpotatoe vine.
The tinny white flowered plant is a no id .DD and I have our own planters on the deck,she bought too many of that white lacy one and put the extra in my pot. It cascades nicely and gets huge.
We order most of our stuff through a company called "Commerce", and they've got some pretty cute ones in there at very reasonable prices. All I really want is just simple little "feet" (they even have "toes"!), maybe terra cotta. I'm gonna grab a BOATLOAD of 'em when we get them! =)
That white lacy stuff, is that an Alyssum? I've started some from seed, and they are barely coming up so far... we shall see, I'll just be patient and give it time. (or, maybe I should give it Thyme?) < =D
We are already in the mid 80s but headed back down to mid 70s. But it looks like our cold spells are gone for this year. I have been madly working in the garden for 3 weeks getting everything in order. At this time of year, for the last 8 years, I tell my DH we are moving into a high rise condo. I just turned 70 and every year the garden gets bigger.