Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Plants Potted, Perennials in Place

I usually wait until Mother’s Day weekend passes before I purchase and plant anything.  This year, there was a frost warning for two nights past Mother’s Day so I got a little bit of a late start.  I finally made it to Lowe’s last week and got some plants for the urns by our garage door and front door.

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Last year I used coleus by the garage door in a variety of colors as well as some other trailing plants.  Those plants got huge and grew wonderfully in our hot and humid summer last year.  Plus, keeping flowers away from the door keeps us from having to dodge bees, but I still get color.  This year I planted one particular coleus ~ a purple and chartreuse color, along with some potato vine.

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For the urn by our front door {same bee thing} I also planted a pot with  two different colors of coleus.  Last year I had a fern here, which did well, but I kept brushing into it and getting fronds in our entry.  I also planted up an extra hanging pot I had in the garage with more coleus and potato vine.

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It would probably be nice if I took the sticker off that pot or, at the every least, turn it around.  I do expect the potato vine to grown down nicely and cover most of that pot.  I also got two daisy plants and two salvias to fill in some blank spots in the front.  The azaleas, phlox and liriope were already planted here when we moved in.

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Split a piece off this hosta 

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and put it here, since it seemed like it was an awkward spot with no plants.  The hosta was here when we moved in and I put the three hydrangeas in last year.  I was surprised, and relieved, that they survived the Summer last year.  Of course, I was out there with a bucket of water every. single. day.

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I have a few more free spots that I can put some plants in without overcrowding things.  I would like to get a rose bush in, as I miss my roses and hydrangeas from our old house.  Since I’ve been coveting my neighbor across the ways lilacs, I think I’m going to see if I can’t fit in a lilac by the guest bedroom window.  I’ll bet that would smell wonderful when the windows are open.

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So, not a lot of gardening going on, but enough for me to handle, at this point in my life.  I can live vicariously through my daughter and son-in-law on the big projects {and not have the aches and sore muscles}!

29 comments:

Okio B Designs said...

We only just put our tomato plants in last week. Of course then it got cold again. Feeling like we just can't win this spring. Raining AGAIN today!

Jeanine

TLady said...

Kathy!
THANKS for visiting & leaving me such a NICE COMMENT!!!!!! :) (I JUST noticed....I pretty much lived my WHOLE LIFE in Ohio, now removed!) LOOOOOOOOOOVE your BEAUTIFUL PLANTS! Sorry to say, I am not one with a green thumb! I get my flowers in other ways! LOL :)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

Love the colors of your coleus with the potato vine... Your plantings look great Kathy.

Jamie said...

Your flowers and plants look so nice! Our house was landscaped so nicely I didn't have to do anything this year. My Dad bought me a sweet potted plant for our front stoop for my first Mother's day though. Have a great week, Kathy! ~ Jamie

NanaDiana said...

I can't tell if my comment went through. Anyway-said I love your plantings-especially the urn ones! Blessings- xo Diana

Debra Oliver said...

I love Coleus, and those urns are really gorgeous!!

Andrea said...

I was late planting too. Your plants look so pretty though! Love the combinations you used

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Kathy,
It looks like all your plants are quite happy with their life in Ohio! A far better climate than down here in Georgia with poor soil and heat...
Hugs,
Mariette

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh wow, everything looks so pretty. I love your choice of plants too. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

Very pretty, Kathy...I love the colors of coleus. And the urns are gorgeous. The planting along your house are going to be beautiful for years and years to come!

We've had so much rain, I'm ready to plant pots at my kitchen table!!

XO,
Jane

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

I think you did a fine job!

Love the urn- those two looks so great together.

KATHY said...

All your flowers look so pretty Kathy!!

Kathy

Entertaining Women said...

Well your projects look pretty considerable to me. I always forget to plant Sweet Potato Vine. I'm ging to get some to plant this very week. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Kathy, Your plantings are beautiful. I love the combo of color with the potato vine. I grow that one here too and it does wonderful and gets so big.
Love the urn!
Hugs!

Cynthia said...

Love the urns and Coleus is one of my favorites.

Cynthia

Victoria's Vintage Designs said...

Very, very pretty!! Love all the plants & flowers!

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Your plants look great. That would be considered a LOT of gardening around here. :)

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Beautiful Kathy!...the lilacs under the bedroom window would be really nice!...My hubby is busy planting our flower beds...I supervise!!...:)

MISHELLE said...

Lol. Iloved yourcomment about the sticker. I dothat to and then realize after I take a picture . lol. Love Coleous!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

I'm with you on planting non-bee attracting things by the door!

Your containers look fabulous - especially the one with the dark coleous surrounded by the bright green ones!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Love your urns...I haven't planted much this year, but I might pick up some coleus, like yours!!

Junkchiccottage said...

Kathy,
Your urns are beautiful. Ha Ha about the price sticker!!! Leave it I think it gives character!!!Ha Ha!!! Love your yard it is so pretty.
Kris

vivian said...

looks lovely kathy! Ive been having fun doing some planting here too. I still have a couple things to do and a lot of weeding to do out back!!
I just dont go back there lol!
have a great week
xoxo
vivian

Carole said...

Everything looks wonderful Kathy and seems to be thriving. Love the urns, I think they add a marvelous touch to any garden area.

Faye@The Shabby Cottage Home said...

I'm loving all the blogging about plants and flowers! It gives such great ideas!. Yours look great.
I'm hoping for some more sunshine here to get my flowers blooming more.
Thx for the photos!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Coleus and potato vines are one of my favorite combinations. I must have a couple of pots of them every year. They are so stunning when they trail down the pots. Good choice, and I didn't even think about the bees.

sweetvintageofmine said...

Evening Kathy, Your plants look so lovely~~~I love hostas too! Everything is late getting in around here because of the weather also...maybe that's a good sign we will have a longer summer and fall! I so enjoy looking at gardening....please show us more soon! Blessings~~~Roxie

Pamela said...

Love all your plants Kathy! I am jealous. I am ready to be out in the back yard planting some things. Have a great weekend!:)

onlinephduk said...

Roses and lilacs would be wonderful additions to your already impressive display. I am glad that you mentioned something about putting the flower plants kind of off to the side so that you don’t have to ninja fight bees every time you go outside.

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