Here's a quick update on my first-ever container flower garden.
What the 100+ temps doesn't kill must be a very tough type of flower. By late July I had four empty flower pots, all of which had formerly been filled with gorgeous blooms.
(all that's left of Geraniums)
A few hearty souls are hanging on and I'm trying to enjoy every minute with them - before fall arrives and brings them to an end.
Seven things I've learned this summer about gardening:
1. When temps are in the 100s, I'm not sure you can ever "over-water."
2. I do not want to raise Geraniums again, nor do I want to raise flowers from seed.
3. I love zinnias - who knew? just happened to buy a pot of them and fell in love.
4. I prefer Impatiens over Vinca, though I'm told that Vinca need less water.
5. You must, must, MUST put adequate drainage in bottom of the pots (a hard lesson learned).
6. An empty milk jug with holes cut in the plastic lid makes a fine watering can. There was a gorgeous blue watering can for sale at Target this summer and I wanted it - wanted it bad - waited for the "final sale" to reach my acceptable price - they were all gone. The milk jug worked fine.
(found this at the thrift store last week)
7. I also love my ivy and succulents and must grow those again next summer. In fact, I'm hoping to bring them inside and try to keep them going as long as possible, my dear little friends.
If someone ever told me I'd some day speak of flowers as my dear little friends, I'd have laughed them off the deck. But Brenda at Cozy Little House convinced me (via her gorgeous gardens) that flowers can bring such joy into your life.
This summer, I proved it to myself.
How's your garden growing here in mid-August?
Hugs ~ Mary