1. I did not know that you could put bulbs under pansies. I always thought they had to be refrigerated and then planted in December! I will have to try that.

  2. I started using colorful bowling balls for gazing balls. I spray them with marine polyurethane to keep them sparkling. I love your calm, secluded and charming patio.

  3. I love your patio, Brenda. I know you truly relax out there and enjoy your free time. I love your idea of planting the tulip bulbs under the fall flowers! I have a lot of different pots on my patio, too, it's where I get the most sun. To keep them from crowding each other out and to elevate the smaller pots, I use those metal plant holders that lift the pot up about 2 feet or so. You know, the top is round and the pot just fits in it. I find them at the dollar store super cheap and in all colors.

    The weather is gorgeous here. I did get some mums and hope to do a post today.

    Jane xx

  4. All of your cobalt blue accents are really eye catching and pretty. I love cobalt blue used outdoors.

    I have never tried planting bulbs in containers before. I may give it a try this year. One year I forgot to plant my bulbs until December 23. They bloomed the following spring. This fall I am going to search for some bulbs for giant red tulips and I want to plant some snow drop bulbs and some more hyacinths.

    That is a nice bird feeder. I hope you get some more birds stopping by your place. Your little cardinal couple is so cute.

  5. Love the fall foliage and flowers! The addition of the plants around the wagon does make a wonderful focal point.
    I haven't done any fall gardening…our summer was late getting here and it never really got hot like it usually does. But when it did…the grasshoppers finally came. Blech!
    So…I just didn't plant.
    Everything is dry now…and starting to look so fallish. I would love to get some bulbs into the ground for late winter and early spring though.
    love your patio garden Brenda!

  6. HI Brenda and I'm so glad you got to dig in the dirt. I love the way your plantings look on your patio! The color peeping through looks wonderful! I don't have any birds at all in my backyard and it is upsetting me. The folks we bought the house from left a few things. I looked and saw a big owl that was left on the patio! Do you think this could be keeping the birds away? I know folks used those on the island to keep the doves and pigeons away, Anyway, I poked that owl in the garage.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 🙂

  7. Thanks for sharing your pretty garden. Cardinals are so pretty. Don't usually see them around here until mid to late Dec. into Jan. and Feb.
    I was tempted to buy mums this weekend, but it is not unusual to still have some pretty warms days this time of the year, so will wait a while so they might make it thru till Thanksgiving.
    Have a great week.

  8. Thanks, Brenda, for sharing your lovely garden, and your encouragement. I have several packs of bulbs waiting to be planted, and will get out to do them tomorrow – thanks to you! Have a great week, Chris x

  9. Your Cardinal feeder is so different than any I've seen in my neck of the woods.. Really nice ! Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal are beautiful.
    You're smart to plant your bulbs under the fall plants.. I should do that after the frost kills the annuals I have planted in pots.
    Everything looks so fresh and happy on your patio.. I like the idea of you building a snowman on it this winter..
    Have a wonderful week.

    1. As soon as I saw that bird feeder and the price at the nursery, I knew the cardinal couple had to have it.

    1. It only took a couple of days for them to find it. Or at least that's when I spotted them on the feeder.

  10. Love it and the happy cardinal couple and I just thought to myself " It doesn't have to end when fall is over because what a wonderful space for Brenda to build a snowman in the winter !! " 🙂 🙂

  11. Brenda..I am just totally amazed at what you have done with your patio..When you first moved there I thought..is she really going to like not having a yard to dig in..well you certainly showed me didn't you..I should have known that you and your talents would blossom no matter where you were planted..You are truly an inspiring lady Brenda..Also..I will be looking forward to seeing those Tulips in the Spring!

  12. Your patio garden is fantastic. Looks like a nursery out there. What a wonderful place to relax on and for the pupsters to explore!

  13. I'm glad that you finally got some pretty Fall plants. I know you've been wanting some. I love kale too. It looks so nice mixed in with the flowers. I always forget about planting bulbs for Spring. I should do that! I would like to look forward to Spring flowers.

    1. When you don't have a lot of space, you have to layer. Besides, it's a good way to keep something blooming around the year.

  14. hallo, brenda, danke für die wunderschönen garten,- und blumenbilder!!! hab einen schönen sonntag!!! liebe grüße von angie aus deutschland

  15. What a wonderful idea to plant spring bulbs under the fall plants! I agree with Susan–the jewel tones of the gazing balls is a terrific focal point to gather lots of plants around. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  16. Brenda, you're so talented!! I love your patio garden and the wagon of gazing balls is a fabulous touch. I, too, like to decorate my fence. Have a great day!!

    1. Those are steel gazing balls. I learned a long time ago that the others are highly breakable. I've had these for years.

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