For us people who garden in the cooler zones,all take are houseplants out for the summer,for a vacation from the dry heat and air,not to mention those pesky spidermites!!!
If you have pics please share them,like to see what vareities people have growing during the winter months,plus any one from the southern zones ,I would like to see yours also,so I can wish on what I would like to be growing!LOL!
Thanks,my son was stationed there where you live in 1990 doing his marine tour,and he told me how beautiful everything was,he would wear shorts during the middle of winter there and he said the people were wearing jackets,he said it was the ideal place to live,except for the freeway drive to oceanside every morning!!LOL!
He would tell me of the huge nurseries you could get lost in there!!!
We live in the South but we still do containers for Water Lilies so we can feed and care for them. We do leave the Lilies out for the winter though. We also have a few we bring in for the winter, such as our Chinese hat.
Well he was living pretty close to the coast he said,and the breezes were rather like our early sping,but warmed up some by middle afternoon,another thing he said it was cloudy a lot also.Say I can handle that kind of weather anytime,but I must have a straight road,I get dizzy a lot!!!LOL!
Thank you all! Great pics and Ideas you have given me for next year,the combinaiton in your planters and pots,are great!
Christmas cactus come on over,I like to eat,and I ain't picky on the meat,beef, pork ,chicken,we love a good barbucue!!
Ok next question for all you experts,how in the heck to you keep the finches and sparrows out of your pots and containers,not only to they keep building there nests,but they eat more than there share,my rose moss are now nubs!!!!!
Have not choice right now but to put plants in containers. Just moved from Florida and waiting for new home in NC. I have my little flower garden next to the watering hose so when the house gets ready in Sept will just move everything there. Trying to get some things rooted too. Does anyone know how to get sweet potatoe plants to root from the sweet potota. I put one in some water and have done it before but it has not started rooting yet. Maybe I have it in the container upside down LOL. I love the sweet potato plants. Here is some picures of my plants. Have run out of pots and will have to go yard saleing to find more. LOL.
Here is some more I have started. They actually look better than this now and bought a small tent to put over them to keep from getting too much sun. Will take some more pictures when I get my camera back from my daughter. Taking a lot of pictures of the new grandson. LOL.
Sami, I "accidently" started a plant from a sweet potato that had begun growing in the bin. All I did was cut it in half, stick it in little bowl of water and about a week later I noticed that hair-like roots were beginning to form. It's been about a month now, and the plant is really growing nicely. It's living in a pickle jar now...and I'm wondering if I can move it to a pot outdoors. This is the first time I've tried rooting a sweet potato but I doubt it'll be the last. :-)
You guys have really spurred me on with your beautiful container gardens. Thanks for all the great pics!
Man I love looking at all these pictures,like looking thru better homes and garden magazine!!
I going to start buying more annuals,for that flowering affect,that you all have,but my shade cloth won't allow enough sun in for those flowering annuals.
Delpdiva,thats a rose of sharon tree,I believe minerva,is the variety.
Gardengirl...I love your garden entry "mat"...and as for therapy, I *know* my husband has been wondering if the doctor's bills wouldn't be cheaper than MY new hobby! :-D (I always did love making MUD pies...unfortunately, DH can't appreciate my "cooking."
Delphinumdiva...I'm a real pushover for 'cracked pots!' Thanks for showing us yours.
Julie sorry didn't get back to you on the sweet potato vine but have been with my little grandson for the last two days and just got on my pc. Yes after mine rooted I planted them in the soil and they did really good.
Hey Monterey,do you have to water them everyday?
And are they consided those new purple wave petunias,I thought they only come in the purple color!
I've tried petunias in the past and they always became sticky,has the ever happened to yours,and they sure grow fast there,you liguid feed or grainular feed yours?
I think they are the new wave. Go to petunia ultra mix type that in at the database. I took that flash last night just to show you.I use 10-52-10 when I want flowers and 15-30-15 for all-around growth that's water-soluble by Miracale-Gro.Thier names are Bloom buster and all around.
They last a week or more and stay real colorful as you can see. I will take some morning shots after the red gun turns on(the sun). That way the true colors show. When you take a pic early or late the colors go blue. Later the true color comes up. Same flower early.7AM.
Great looking containers all...somebody has got to tell me how to grow PETUNIAS! PLEASE! I have mananged to kill every petunia I ever bought and I've planted them every where trying to find a spot they like..in the ground in the sun in the shade, water 'em-no water...etc... they are so pretty. Is it my heat humidity ?? Texas SUPER heat & humidity? Any pointers???
Guess I'll join this zany group and post one of my pics taken yesterday. Wish I could grow petunias, but not enough sun. I used to grow them from seed every year, but I only have a north facing balcony with one end facing west. I'm experimenting with roses this year at the west end. So far so good, but I won't know for sure until the end of the summer. This is the east end of my balcony.
MsCritter - I manage to grow petunias in New Orleans by planting them in the fall when the weather starts to cool off. Then they sit there and do nothing till about March, and WHAM! Petunia explosion! A cheapo six pack or four incher will literally cover a large container in two weeks. They last till about the beginning of June, when I replace them with torenias and melampodium. Dan Gill, our local radio plant guru from LSU, recommends this and it really works. The local nurseries have all started carrying petunias in the fall - used to be really hard to find them then. Thank you Dan!
BTW kwells that is one awesome deck! I am so inspired! Good thing hubby has the checkbook!
Honibee & delphiniumdiva, thank you! My Visa bill has definately gone through the roof or umbrella:) since I joined DG. All those garden watchdog companies to order goodies from...all the new plants I've learned about & just have to have..on & on..
Thank you also on the petunia tips, I'm sure going to try the fall planting here.
My "boot" & basset
Monterey,you have the timing down great for catching the best shot!!!
Notice your not a big fan of the color yellow,also with a lot of others that posted pics on here as well,is there any reason why?
I find the yellows and blues and oranges are very eye catching,the hot colors seem to catch the eye first,and stand out the most,besides I think there very tropical!!!
This is my forum because everything I have except roses are in containers Like 45 plants maybe more. Mr. T you were saying that there isn't enough sun under the patio. I haul stuff out get them some sun. Hide them if there is too much. Even all my passis are in pots. It also helps to control them. LL is back on her cycle(so to speak) blooming away!
Monterey your petunias are amazing. That's what I like about them - big impact, small $$
BTW how do you get your abutilon to bloom like that? Is it just living in Cal? We have the weather for them, I think, (New Orleans) but everytime I buy one it just gets spindly and ugly looking. Then when I prune it back it sulks and refuses to flower. Is it fertilizer or what?
Kwells thanks for the link - I am saving it to anonymously email to my hubby for Christmas.
revclaus, can you tell me please, what is the name of the plant in the trough container (the green one on the left at the front of the pic) with the heart shaped leaves?
I love coming into this thread. Watching the new pictures as they arrive is giving me lots of ideas for my own containers. I think my DH is wondering why I *need* more containers, more potting soil, and MORE plants. (Our yard is nearly 2 acres!) If he ever actually *asks* me, I'm prepared to blame Y'ALL! :-D LOL
Thanks for sharing your wonderful views with everyone! As soon as I have something growing in mine, I'll share too. :-)
DD What are you fertilizing with. I transplant mine when I get them to a bigger container right off. The growers have them at their peak when you buy them . I make them learn a new grow pattern. I have had the same problem with certain ones. They seem to like 15-30-15 for growth. 10-52-10 for flowering. That's Miracle-Gro water-soluble. They say full sun but I think it's to much. They need good drainage. I use sand, potting soil and peat, but not too much peat. It is dry we get no rain. Your's may be drowning.
Yep thats right up my alley,I have one like that but on the orange buff color,not yellow and not orange,waiting for it to bloom.
Same here never can get one of theose flowering maples to do very well,overwatering is my problem I think.
OMGosh Monterey that is gorgeous! I could easily become an addict if I could just figure out how - its probably the water problem - right now the name of the game is rain :> Literally, it has rained everday for 2 weeks. All the succulents MollyMc so kindly sent me have passed away, except for a couple of what-cha-ma-call-em tricolors. I never realized abuts have a prob. with rain - they are always billed as "tropicals" right? Also, I kept them in full sun and used a lot of peat - seems like I'm doing it all wrong. Maybe I'll try again.
I have tons of water soluble fertilizer but haven't been able to use it. Our peak growing season is also our peak rain season! I feel ridiculous watering the poor plants even more! Been using Osmocote.
Tman - I used to do all pinks too, then I had this revelation that hey, these are the TROPICS, so what are you doing trying to grow all that pink stuff that melts out in June? I am now an red/orange/yellow/purple person, cept for my hydrangea area. Never thought it could happen to me. Used to HATE orange. Helps that all the gardening mags are now admitting that something beside blue and pink can be pretty.
Julie, those are morning glories. Some kind souls sent me some seeds, and I'm not sure what that particular one is. It might be Scarlet O'Hara. I'll post again after they all flower. Hopefully the colors are all compatible!
monterey, that is such a gorgeous abutilon! The seeds I started from Callalily are just starting to get buds (only 4" tall:) Do you winter them inside? I've seen them at the garden center for $14, but none of them even close to being as beautiful as yours. ( I'm new to abutilon)
They(Abutilon) go down to about 25f but I generaly take them in if it is going below 30f. Being in a pot makes it easy. In the morning I haul them out. In our zone it's a lot easier then the other folks. Pull up my page there is a lot of pics of the various kinds. These guys are called Tangerine and White.
Hi all you petunia fans! Here in Illinois -- they are the annual of choice - like the sun and give you lots of bang for your buck! The trick to them is to dead-head, dead-head -- snip off the flowers as they die, below the bloom, cut the little stem close to the branch they are growing on -- snip, snip every day and they will keep flowering all summer long. If they get leggy -- cut them back and they will fill in and keep going. You can gather seeds from them for next year -- they are very tiny -- just sprinkle them on top of soil and mist until they get going in either flats or pots and you will have enough for many containers or borders. I start mine under lights in January in the basement and transplant into pots and hanging baskets after last frost (around Mother's Day!) here. Happy gardening!
monterey, you're pics are beautiful! I wish the garden centers here carried some of the Abutilon like yours. Have to mail order I guess.
Sami, I just happened to find these planters-look very similar to LV, but check out the price on the 3 tier one-YIKES!! http://www.gardenartisans.com/european-collection.html
Kwells I see what you mean by the price. I think I will have to pass on those even though they are very beautiful.
Montery what as beautiful flower. I love it. I cant wait to get in our new place so I can start planting
Well, these pictures are beautiful, I tried to post mine earlier today, but couldn't, so i'm trying again, I do alot of container gardening. Main reason, "because I have to make room for them in the ground, and I just don't want to LOL. alot of the container plants have to be brought in the greenhouse in the winter anyways.
The shade is just around the porch area, and half into the front yard, the rest of the l0 acres is full sun, and I mean scorching sun LOL that area by the back porch is a perfect haven for plants, they really seem to like it there, I can plant seeds there on that table, and that big tree 's leaves protects them from the bad rains. It works out pretty well for them there.
Love your table set up! Are all those plants really for me? Aw shucks, you shouldn't have...if you saw my pitiful lath house you would feel sorry for me and send lots of plants. REALLY pitiful after seeing your awesome set up. Us city folks have it tough.
LOL I traded about 40 bars of goatmilk soap for that table LOL she was a friend, and loved my soap and I needed a couple tables, I got two of them, one's inside and I put this one outside with a table cloth over it, it's going into the greenhouse this winter too. It is a really convenient set up for me. I need all the help I can get in that department. I do get a nice cool breeze through there all thetime, don't water that often, in fact , I have to watch the new seedlings, hoping they dry out in a couple days or they get moldy, I got one tray sitting in the sun right now so it will dry out faster. LOL too much water and not enough sun, causes troubles too LOL
Delphinium, I use to live in Pearl river and Slidell Louisiana when I was ateenager. that was quite a while back, LOL
Hi, Kathy, et al!! I've been reading this list a while and wanted to tell you that my daddy was born on the Pearl River in Enon, near Franklinton LA, I was born in NO, and now we live in southeast Arky, in Dermott. For goodness sakes, please tell me about Goat Soap. I'm also attaching a few photos of what I'm growing in containers, etc, around our decks.
#4, these are my brugmanias that I planted in a tomato box and they have only been there three days and the ones closest already have buds, if you can believe that. The one in the back right corner is a seedling and has doubled in size. I don't know if I can keep them there too long, I was just trying it out to see if it would work. That's it folks, have a fun day!!!! SherryLike
Guess I have to get in this deck-growing act, too. This house is in so much shade that if I want things in the sun, they have to be on the small deck off the upstairs bedroom.
Here's my tomatoes, plus some basil, tarragon and EE's. There are 6 pots of tomatoes (2 each Brandywine, Grape and Red Rose) and the largest are the Brandywines, seeds started about a month earlier than the others.
Why, thanks, delphiniumdiva!!!!! Caladiums should do well in your area. I love growing them, they are so easy, flashy, dependable and last all season, with very little care. They will not make the winter here and i dig them up and plant them again the following spring, I add to them about every other year or so, mostly because i expand my gardens and have so much shade...
Diva, I started my millet from seed (ordered from Parkseed). It is not a perennial, but the good news is that it is super easy to start from seed. In fact, it looks like grass when it germinates - - be sure not to weed it out!
Nat, do you mean that you started the millet plant from seed, this year??? Wow, that's really fast growing. Ya think it might come back after the winter in zone 8a????? I will definitely try some next year. Sun or shade????
For heaven sakes my purple is not half that size planted in the ground,what to you feed it the neighbors kids!!!LOL!
Draius.do you live in a rain forest?
Everything is so lush in your background!
I'd grow caladiums but mine seen to melt here in the shade,whats your secret,Sherry?
Thanks, T-man!! I wish I could say that i do something special, but I don't. I do remove the prominent eye (or they will get long/tall, with few leaves), I plant them shallow, an inch or so, I don't fertilize them, or pet them and they get sun, not all day, but I grow them in as much sun as shade, in all areas of the gardens...I would say, in your zone, that they probably don't need too much shade, try more sun and see what happens...
Sherry thanks for the tip - caladiums are everywhere round here - in everybody's front yard right next to the hawthornes and the boxwood. That's why I admired your pics - I tend to make the mistake of looking for the unusual and neglecting the obvious! Here I am surrounded by dirt cheap caladium bulbs and I never use them in containers! Got to learn not to be a plant snob. Dumb, dumb...
I wasn't sure about taking off the bloom, so thanks! I find they take any light situation as long as they get lots of water and decent drainage. (Not a problem here lately!) They will even take our 9b full sun - and that's serious!
I did hear our local radio guy recommend starting them indoors in pots to get a jump on the season since they won't sprout (and may rot) till the ground temp hits about 70. Tried that this year for my yard ones and it worked great!
Wow, Nat, we are on the same track, I'm using a tomato, self watering box, to start four brugsmania plants, just to see what happens, they already have buds and the plants are TINY! I LOVE your vines, they are soooo healthy and beautiful, I love the colors, just lovely and oh so neat. Do you have Wandering Jew???? Purple foliage with tiny pink flowers, easy to grow. I love your cement deck on top of the brick, you have a really nifty place!!!
Thanks, so much, Diva!! I was taught in Girl Scouts, a bazillion years ago, to remove the prominent eye from the caladium prior to planting, not the bloom, but, if the bulb has sprouted, I still remove the largest sprout, I just snap it off. The garden in the photos is brand new this year, so I've used lots of container stuff because I wasn't sure where the sun would be and we cut a tree and some limbs. Besides being flashy, easy to grow, and blooming until frost, I've never had with caladiums and disease or bugs and, as far as I know and can see, every bulb I planted came up. The only down side is that, being a watched pot, it seems like it takes forever for them to come up. Is Felder your radio guy??? I used to start them in pots inside, but learned it was just an extra step for me, since they come up so easy here and i expect the same would be true in your zone. In fact you could start a pot now and they would be up before you know it!!! Happy Friday and good luck with your gardening!!!
Thanks Sherry! While I have grown Wandering Jew in the past, I don't have any right now. I like it but only have room for so many hundreds of plants!! LOL Honestly, I have a bunch of favorites and then I rotate in and out new items every year.
Darius,South Hydraulic has really changed,the fields I use to plow as a kid.now have nice huge homes!
Nat those earthworm castings must be high in nitrogen,or its the cow manure what nice looking growth on your plants.
Tropicman, I think that it's the combination of both the castings and manure that makes the difference. The castings look like black gold, though. They are pretty pricey, though - - and cannot afford to use the casting in the same quanities that I use manure. But I am pretty happy with how things are looking this year.
Nat well its definately is working for you!!What ever the combination worm and compost mixture!
A big yonkers there Gabagoo!!!And everything looks so good growing in them too,and a plus to that is no WEEDING!
I am impressed, Gabagoo! I thought that I had a lot of containers (104) - - but you certainly have me beat. I will have to be sure and show your post to my DH who is convinced that no one anywhere has more pots than me!
Tropicman - No weeding?!?! I only wish. There are mucho weeds. not only in the pots, but between the bricks. :o(
Weeds AND volunteers.
All the morming glories growing up behind the bench in the back are from volunteers from last year's plants. I just kept pulling them up & sticking them into the pots around the bench. The onlything I actually planted in thos pots were som hyacinth beans & red runner beans... oh, and there are a few moon flowers in there as well.
The 2 sunflower plants (to the rightof the gate) are vulunteers as well. the redish one is from a seed from last year-the other is either from last year or from the bird feeder.
Sherrylike- I love the table also. I just bought it this year at Lowes. My old table was larger/4 chairs. Now I have more space for more plants!
Nathalyn- LOL re: more pots! A couple of years ago I had 101 & thought THAT was alot. I have to up the count to 144. I started some geranium cuttings this weekend.
The annuals I just let die. The cannas & callas are dug up & stored in my mother's basement. The perennials are hardy for my zone & stay in their pots. A few I bring in & over winter. I don't have the space or light to bring in a lot. It's mostly the geraniums & coleus cuttings that get saved.
I move all the pots to the back & sides. The pole that's behind the bench gets moved to the middle of the yard & spends the winter as the bird feeder pole.
There are more pics in my albums.
I take a picture every Saturday morning from my bedroom window. This way I can see the changes through the season.
When I put out a new plant I take the picure of it and like you I take reference shots. The way I file them is to put the date on them. If I shoot twice or three times that day I add a 2 o 3 etc.07 05 04 07 05 04 2 That way if I am putting in a shot or need to find it it's easy
gabagoo...you mentioned leaving some hardy perennials in the pots through the winter. What kinds of perennials do you have and do you lose very many? I'm trying to plan my garden and having containers *might* help me NOT feed the rabbits this year. :-)
Gosh, gabagoo, I love the photos, your pics are very good, to go along your garden and, my goodness, it's clear that you inherited your work ethic and energy and gardening skills from your mom, I'm most impressed!!!
Sherrylike, I'm ROFL!
Whatever Mom knows about gardening, she got from me!
She's always complaining that my mixed pots look better than hers.
Work ethic - yep. That comes from my grandfather.
Mom always says,"Remember, you're Papa's grandaughter!"
Julie88 - Sometimes the perennials make it, sometimes they don't. We had an especially cold winter this time around. I had a hosta last year (my 1st). It was a no-show this year. The same for a Mugwort & some foam flowers. I had 3 yarrows, only one emerged. There were 2 honeysuckles growing up the trellis on each side of the gate. One died... the other is doing so-so. That's why I let those 2 sunflowers stay - they hide the bare trellis & what's left of the honeysuckle. LOL!
The day lilies, however have never failed. They came with the house. The previous homeowners had 1 large pot of them. I don't know how long they were in that pot but after my 2 seasons with them, the pot started to crack. I dumped them out (MAN! Talk about root-bound!), divided them in quarters, gave one to Mom & kept the other 3. That was 4 years ago. The pots are getting pretty full again.
OH, (ahem) MINE look better than MOM'S! LOL!
gabagoo...thanks for the info. I was wondering about potting up some of my daylilies but was afraid to lose them over the first winter.
Now, the Hostas I have experience with. Mine were planted in half-barrels at the base of young evergreen trees. I was totally amazed to see them break the surface after an extremely hard winter. (But you have to remember, these particular hostas actually managed to LIVE after 30 days of being under water in the 2000 flood on the upper Mississippi River...:-D so they *might* have had a little "built-in" fortitude. LOL )
Hi Sherrylike, Sorry I didn't come back here sooner, have been on vacation, To answer your question, I do make lye soap, You have to have lye in all the soap for it to saponify and turn into soap, bad part of making soap, but it's worth it in the end. LOL
Now as for Florida, I just got back a couple days ago, and looky what I brought with me. LOL Dh stopped at all the lowes , walmarts, and homedepots along the way and I racked up. It was mostly all tropicals
Yeah, he never complained a bit, about stopping at all those places, in fact he mentioned several times, hey there's a walmart. LOL We had a pull behind travel trailer we took with us, I had all the sinks and bath tub filled with plants LOL,
I've been watching this thread drooling, yall have such beautiful decks and container gardens!! I finally got pictures of mine and want to share-- it's messy at the moment, but I love it. All my plants are on the patio at my brother's house, I'm housesitting for him all summer - and I'm loving the space.
P.s. Kathy-- wow!! what a trip. I've always wanted to do a Home Depot tour when I'm on roadtrips, but I've never dared asked my fiance for fear that he might laugh at me :) lol! He'd say, You have enough plants, we need to save for a house! After we get that house though...he better watch out!