Container Gardening

A Look At The Patio Garden May 9, 2021

Well, first of all Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers of both two-legged and four-legged children.

Both my girls have called me. We had lunch here Friday and today they’re spending Mother’s Day with their own children.

It’s kind of dark and overcast out there. Maybe rain is in the forecast. I haven’t checked.

So here’s a look at the patio today, May 9, 2021.

Gerbera Daisies:

The Gerbera daisies are still blooming one right after the other. As it’s been uncommonly cool this spring, so the pansies are still blooming as well.

Verbena:

The purple verbena is spreading and starting to dangle over the edge of the pot.

That’s my rosemary just behind it and beyond that is a pot I just planted zinnia seeds in the other day. I’ll have lots of zinnias!

I really don’t feel like one can have too many zinnias.

Hostas & Wild Violets & Lamb’s Ear:

Above is the blue container bed with the hostas, Lamb’s ear and wild violets mixing in together. My grandmother’s name was Violet, by the way.

Sedum:

Sedum is growing and filling in the brown shelf containers. Last year I tried petunias in these shallow containers and they fried.

I’m hoping sedum will have better staying power in the heat.

Pineapple Mint & Daisies:

I still haven’t removed the pineapple mint from the daisies in the galvanized container garden.

I’m thinking I might just leave it if it doesn’t overpower and cover my daisies. Otherwise I’ll separate the two.

The Wicker Settee Area:

The alliums in the front pot have nearly filled it since last year when I first planted it.

The Shasta daisies grow happily amongst the pansies, which will be dying back for a time when it gets hot.

Salvia:

The salvia has turned purple. I just love salvia. And so do all the bees and butterflies and hummers.

Hummingbirds love the nectar of salvias, particularly the red ones. Hummers can see the red, but bees can’t.

Hummingbirds, unlike most birds, can taste sweets and so they are drawn to flowers that produce lots of sugary nectar.

Salvia is well known for its bright flowers, rich nectar and drought-tolerant plants.

Flowers that can withstand drought and produce sweet nectar are very important in the world of nature. Because nectar can be hard to come by during drought conditions.

And as you can see, a very full blue raised garden filled with hosta, Lamb’s ear and wild violets.

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10 Comments

  1. Your photographs are beautiful.
    I agree with you about the zinnias, my favorite summer flower!

  2. Happy Mother’s Day, Brenda! I was telling my daughter this morning about your beautiful patio garden. Like you, she has a green thumb and is enjoying container gardening again this year.

    She and my granddaughters brought me a sweet plant for Mother’s Day. It’s my first indoor plant (a pothos) in well over 25 years and I’m super excited.
    Have a wonderful day!

  3. Happy Mother’s Day see Brenda. We are having a quiet day at home with some planting. Rabbits are coming up on my patio snd wiping things out. Then we have the battle of the gophers. Guess that’s what you get living in the country. Love all the pretty flowers in your patio.

  4. Happy Mother’s Day, Brenda. It’s chilly (54 degrees) and windy here today, but hopefully it’ll get a little warmer this afternoon. Jeff is going to grill steaks, while I make a salad. Besides Mother’s Day, May 9th, today, marks our 57th anniversary. Good Grief, where did the time go? Our boys stopped yesterday, each had a huge pot of flowers for me. Their wife picks them out, and they deliver. Your patio becomes more beautiful with each photo. What a joy to wake in the morning and look outside at all the beautiful flowers and decor. You crafted an amazing space. Hugs from WI…

  5. Happy Mother’s Day Brenda! I hope that you have a wonderful day with Ivy and Charlie. Your garden is amazing and I think and say it every year! I cannot believe how green, colorful and lush it looks already! Enjoy!