Just once, I would like to wake up, turn on the TV and hear …”Monday has been cancelled”! ~Unknown
Wouldn’t that be amazing? It would be the kind of happiness you feel when you would wake up to a “Snow Day” as a kid. Remember the pure excitement and joy you would feel knowing you had a completely free day. Aaaahhhh … big sigh!
We had another busy weekend at the Smith house. One daughter at the State Latin Competition, two lacrosse games, an adult party with lacrosse parents and yard work. I don’t mind busy … I will have the twins in college before I know it and I will miss the madness!
Today’s post is about planting my pots. It is such an easy, quick way to bring color and happiness to a porch, patio or deck. Take a look:
Step 1: Pick up a container you love and some plants. I got the plants at Walmart, but I special ordered my container because I wanted a particular size and color in stone. However, you can get amazing pots at Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s – almost anywhere. Pots have really come down in price. You can get a large pot that looks like it is ceramic but is really plastic for less than $30.
The plants I picked are:
Dracaena – the spike in the middle
Euphorbia – the small white vine plant
Lobelia – the blue/purple flower
Trailing Petunia – Yellow flower
Verbena – the red cluster flower
I like plants that trail over the pot and add a ton of color.
Step 2: Fill up some of the space in the pot with recyclables, rocks or bricks so you don’t have to use so much dirt. This will save you a little bit of money since you won’t have to buy so many bags of dirt. I also find it helps with the draining to have the recyclables leave some open space at the bottom of the pot.
Step 3: Fill your pot with dirt. I like a dirt that has a fertilizer in it to give my plants a little “jump start”.
Step 4: Put something tall in the middle. In this case I just put a simple spike, but I have seen all kinds of cool tropical plants in the middle and I love that look as well.
Step 5: Plant your plants around the spike. Be sure to alternate colors so you will get a more cohesive pot once the plants start to fill in and grow.
Step 6: Water and Admire.
See … six simple steps to a summer full of color and beauty.
Now I will be the first to admit, I do NOT have a green thumb (my hubby can fully attest to this). I am bad at remembering to water and forget about “dead-heading” the flowers. I tried to pick flowers that are pretty maintenance free – can handle the sun and won’t hate me if I forget to water 1 (or maybe 2) days. I think you could, without hesitation, call me a Serial Plant Killer. Sad but true. Just killed an orchid in about 8 days (although I will say I think my hubby over-watered it – he will deny this).
I do find that when I take the time to plant things myself, I seem to be more invested in the outcome. Let’s see how my pots do this summer. I will keep you updated with some pictures over the next couple months.
Plant yourself a container and have your own little pot of heaven.
Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!