A few years ago we re-did the back patio.
Lifting all the worn out brick,
Expanding it a bit and
Replacing it with new brick.
At the same time we bought GIANT new pots
Traditional Rolled Rim Italian clay were our choice
I think we were on the garden tour that first year.
So I invested in fantastic pink tropical Hibiscus.
Glorious in the green house
Not a bloom on them the weekend of the garden tour!
Thus began my years of problem pots.
I won’t bore you with year by year disaster stories.
Suffice it to say that I’ve had trouble finding the right mix.
Last fall I murdered the mile high purple fountain grass.
It was great till it grew so tall I couldn’t see my garden from the breakfast room
And…the wind blew it over onto the flowers.
So out it went.
For lack of a better idea I just planted them to lettuce.
Made sense to me.
The pots are close to the kitchen
For easy cutting.
And with the mild winter I had terrific lettuce for months on end.
Now that it’s late spring it’s starting to bolt
And taste a little bitter.
Besides I’m having a luncheon in my garden next week
So I had to do something.
The answer came at my friend Susan’s front door.
Dipladenia Deep Red !
I found it at my favorite local nursery in hanging baskets.
Brought them home and was ready to pull up all the lettuce.
When I stopped.
Let’s try just pulling up only the lettuce I need to make room for the new plants.
Leave the rest for filler.
Along with the Lettuce, Nierembergia survived the winter
And is blooming wildly…more filler.
Next I added True Yellow Lantana, plumbago, Gomphrena, and Purple and White Petunias.
I know, I swore off petunias last year.
But they sucked me in so
I did a paradigm shift.
I don’t expect them to survive the whole summer.
I now consider them “short-term annuals”!
Don’t buy very many and tuck them close to something that will live.
And again, I only removed the lettuce that was necessary.
The end result is well, great in my book.
The pots look full.
Much fuller than normal for this time of year.
As the plants grow, the lettuce will die.
Nature will take its course.
Love when that happens.
Enjoy the week.