Summer looks to be busy. So, I told Dan I’m not going to plant as much as last year. That was the plan. But after a trip to the local plant stand and $54 later, I’m not sure I stuck to my plan. Below I’ve documented how my plan rolled out, and I’ve left some spots for a later update.
These are the two pots on our front porch. Here I planted “Wave” – a variety of petunias. I meant to purchase a cream and a dark violet for each pot, but when I got home I was one dark violet short. But, in one planter, there were sprouts which I believe are the petunias from last year. So, we will see if nature corrects my mistake.
Also, one planter, as evidenced last year by standing water and the condition of the its plants, needed more drainage holes. I looked on the bottom of the planter and – wa laa! – poked in the holes.
Several years back, I attended a session put on by a “Master Gardener”, and I learned petunias need to be pruned, so they do not get spindly. I know I need to do that soon. It’s just hard.
Coming Summer 20201
Sponge Rock Planter
This planter was made by my great-grandfather and is a coveted showpiece of mine. This year, I planted a new variety of impatiens in it. This variety of impatiens, “Sun Patiens”, is supposed to “flourish in sun & shade.” The sponge rock planter gets full morning sun, so we will see how if these plants live up to the claim on the tag.
This was a gift a few years back. It needs repainting, including the oval “Welcome” sign – which could be tricky. However, I am hoping I can squeak by for another year, especially once the coleus take off. I have always had really good luck with coleus. Come on, Coleus, I’m countin’ on ya!
I also have “Purple Coneflower” which is a perennial, a Missouri native flower, and a personal favorite. My daughter, Talia and I, planted these a couple years back. Let’s see how they do this year.
One to Watch
This little cactus, lamb’s ear, was given to my mom on Mother’s Day. I don’t know who gave it to her; it just showed up in her apartment. It’s pretty little, but I’ve always rooted for the underdog – or lamb in this case.
Do you have any garden plans this summer?