Yesterday morning I watered the patio plants and went in search of a big pot for the hibiscus.
Once I got in the car, I figured I’d just go to Home Depot and get the same big green pots I’d purchased in the spring. The biggest ones for the price that I knew of.
I was gone maybe an hour, hour and a half. When I got back, the hibiscus looked near dead. I couldn’t believe it. I’d just watered it!
So I quickly moved it into the shade. In the late afternoon, I went out to repot it. It was looking a lot better by then.
I doubt it will get moved again, as it’s got to be super heavy now. I put the empty pot up on the overturned galvanized tubs and planted the hibiscus right there.
I sure hope this helps the plant from getting too stressed. I’ll be watching from where I sit on the couch to see how it does in a few hours.
While out I saw cone flowers and lo and behold, there was a red one. I must be out of my mind to take on planting in the heat of July. I grabbed the red one and a white cone flower, which I’ve always loved.
My cone flowers have not come back after winter. So I got the same big green pot I got for the hibiscus and thought maybe if I kept a lot of pots around it, and it’s against the fence, the cone flowers might survive the winter.
It will be a test. My black-eyed Susans didn’t come back after last winter, and they were in the big galvanized garden with the cone flower.
All I have in this big green pot are the two cone flower plants. When you’re container gardening, it’s all trial and error in certain climates.
I’ll get better photos when they’re in the shade. The red one is more compact and just had one flower blooming.
Of course then I had to get potting soil. Those pots take a lot. So I headed way to the back and got soil.
Once I’d gotten all that loaded in my cart and went to the outdoor check out, I was about done in. I felt faint in the heat.
I stopped on the way home and got a root beer. I didn’t want anything with caffeine, as it further dehydrates you. I’d already had my iced coffee earlier at home.
I came in and went out to the patio to the gate, unlocked the lock I have on it, then drove the car around to the alley to unload the soil.
My word was I tired after that.
Then after moving around pots later in the day and potting and repotting, I figured I had gotten more than adequate exercise for the day.
Today I will rest up.