Savoring Summer

Today was a delicious day of celebrating what summer dishes up. Peaches frozen, apples sliced, and tomatoes canned as delicious salsa and spaghetti sauce. I’m making plans for readying my planters for fall, but then I realized I didn’t share their summer style (keep in mind we had flooding rains followed by a drought).


I usually don’t use petunias other than waves in planters, but these double petunias from the school’s plant sale were a fun surprise popping our of the sweet potato vine.


My calibrachoa struggled as the summer went on, but was beautiful to start spring.


The lantern and buckets were all free treasures found from the 1800’s house we renovated. I really should share more before and after photos of that soon.


This is a little blurry, but the bucket of Creeping Jenny was one of my favorites. The bluebird is my friendship bird that reminds me of my dear friend Mrs. McIntosh who taught me so much about gardening.


I always L-O-ve ornamental grass with sweet potato vine as a no-fuss combo and it looks great in the fall!

DSCN5053Obviously I have a small obsession with sweet potato vine, but I think it gives such a flare to the pots, and I think using it repetitively gives cohesion to pots that look completely different! The blue fescue grass was a new touch, but it worked well in pots. Now I can put it in the ground to enjoy next year!


Something new I did this year was to add colorful crotons to my outdoor pots. These I will pull out for fall and use as plants indoors. The little nest was courtesy of my little cowboy’s adventures. He was very clear that it was already on the ground…

DSCN4994          For the next pot, please ignore the ground cover (aka – weeds)DSCN5061    

This gorgeous copper tub of blooms was a gift from Mother’s Day.

I hope you have enjoyed a little container gardening this summer and that taking a peek at mine has made summer last just a little bit longer.

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Katie said...

I am *trying* to do "container gardening" after we bought our house and I spent all summer ripping out over grown and not at all cared for flower beds all around our house (actually, I still have 3 more crazy beds to tend to!) ... but I am proving not so good at keeping my poor potted plants alive! I'd love to blame the extreme rain and then sudden heat for my plants death, but you had the same conditions and yours still look so pretty! ...guess I'll try again next year! haha.

AND, your "friendship bird" made me smile :). Every fantastic garden needs a touch of Mrs. McIntosh in it!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love your plants and your containers are all fantastic. Love the country feel, looks fabulous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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