Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A Better Plan

I've been taking things OUT of the garden, and finding holding pots like this one. I wanted to add more soil to the beds, and remove any perennial weeds/seeds before adding that soil. Of course transplanting things to better spots was also one of my goals, and providing more room between each plant, finally learning this important gardening lesson. Everything gets lots bigger as the season moves forward. Duh.
But it dawned on me that these holding pots are going to become the way to add color to the beds without getting on my knees, and then later having to weed around the added plants.

I've put pavers in the beds so I can walk around without stepping in the soft planting areas, and later I will put the flowering pots on these pavers. Simple idea, but it will make a big difference in the structure and height of the design. I can plant the pots while standing and have Dave lift them into the beds. Ha! I can hoe the weeds around the pavers which I hopefully have prevented with Preen, but you never know. In the Spring the garden looks so controllable, but it won't stay that way. Eeek
For the sake of recording my efforts, here is the left side front garden with lots of space around the hosta, after removing and transplanting lilies, peonies and heuchera to other parts and gardens. It looks bare comparatively, but I know it is the right thing to do for optimum spacing. The heuchera (a dozen plants) look small in April but by June have a zillion stalks of teeny flowers all over the place, and some of the smaller tiarellas got overwhelmed by the giant hostas, so they were moved to a safer spot.
I tend to go a little overboard plant wise, doncha know. This is from last June, and all those pots drove Dave crazy, so now I will put many of them in the beds, controlling the overflow.

Speaking of overflow...I got these flowers at Walmart last season. They were Better Homes and Gardens Proven Winners and I think they really were. I've never had a prettier flower box. The spillers are bacopa and the rest are calibrachoa or Superbells.
Can't have a garden without started from seed Nasturtiums.
But this will all have to wait. Freeze warnings are out for tonight and for once I haven't got anything to worry about. I brought my annuals inside today and am quite smug.
We live and learn.

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  1. Lots of great ideas! Looks great!

  2. That's a good idea to solve a problem and add to the design. My husband didn't like pots on the deck, he said it damaged the wood.

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  4. Judy Morningstar10:08 AM

    The best thing about planting all the stuff out of the pots directly into the flower beds is that you will have a whole bunch of empty pots to fill up again......
    Your yard looks fabulous. Thank you for sharing, since everything here is still snow.

  5. Hi Melody,
    Love the shots of your garden. My garden in West Michigan is about a month behind yours.

    Where did you find those great colored holding pots?
    Vicky F

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  9. I have an idea. After you get your garden in, how about you and Dave come to northern California? You can plant my back yard and I will take you both wine tasting and we'll all be happy. Bring the doggies. But I sure would love a garden that looks like yours. :-)

  10. Your garden is lovely. The pics or your house and pond look like a magazine.

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