Gardening Spring

Flowers, Flowers, Everywhere

14 May, 2013

Oh man…I just can not stop buying flowers…well…except now.  Sorta kinda ran out of money. 😛  I guess that’ll do it…

I only have one container left, but I think I’ll wait until the nurseries restock with different flowers…and until I get more mulah…

This post is for my gardening friends.  I am going to share my containers as well as what I put in each one.  Then, at the end of the season I’m going to do another after post just to see how much they grow.  This should be interesting.  Every year I plant a few containers and by July they all die from either thirst or buggies.  So, we shall see!  Next year, I plan to save money by growing from seed.

Bring on the flowers!

Click picture for source.

Just kidding, but aren’t those beautiful?  Okay, for real this time…

My shade container:

1. Alocosia calidora  (Elephant Ears) Leaves can grow 6 feet long in the tropics!

2.  Caladium Lil Star Popular for fairy gardens.

3.  Cinca minor ‘Illumination’ An evergreen ground cover that has little periwinkle-blue flowers in the spring.

Shade plant container

Shade container:

1.  Caladium  This is my favorite caladium.  I love the bright white leaves with the green veins.


Part shade container:

1.  Asparagus densiflorus (Foxtail Fern)  The hubs picked this one out.  He loved the uniqueness. I love him!

2.  Torenia ‘Kauai deep blue’  So pretty!

Foxtail Fern

Full sun container:

1.  Petunia ‘Hurrah white’ Did you know that if you dead head a petunia at the stem then it will produce a much fuller plant?

2. Gerbera Daisy I’ve killed many of these…pray for her!!

Gerbera Daisy and Petunias

My little front porch.

front porch

Love this yellow lantern.  Don’t even have to worry about cleaning off pollen!!

Yellow lantern

Full sun container:

1.  Lobularia hybrid ‘Snow Princess A variety of alyssum that tolerates heat.

2. Dahlinova Dahlia Gorgeous blooms that attract butterflies!

3. Sweet Potato Vine  I’ve always loved the pop of color of these bright green leaves.

Dahlias Sweet Potato Vine Alyssum

Full sun container:

1 .  Dahlinova Dahlia

2.  Plumosa Fern

3.  Sweet Potato Vine

 Dahlias Sweet Potato Vine Plumosa Fern

I have never been a big fern fan and yet I have bought 3 different types this year…


Full sun container:

1.  Dusty Miller  Drought tolerant…woohoo!

2. Vinca ‘Cora’ Another drought tolerant plant that gives beautiful blooms in the summertime!

3.  Purslane Did not realize that this was a succulent…hope it does okay in the regular potting soil.

Full sun container:

1.  White Petunia-Just one I had left over.

Full sun:

1.  Calibrachoa Looks like a mini petunia.

Part sun container:

1.  Creeping Jenny

2.  Lobelia

3.  Coleus

4.  Double Impatiens  I’m thinking that this container is my favorite.

There is one more container that is not quiet picture ready.  It was the first container I planted this year and something apparently loves the way petunia’s taste.  Trying to revive it now…maybe it will come back.

So that’s it…21 different species and 38 plants later…whew!   Hopefully this post will serve as motivation to keep these babies alive!

Have you guys been bitten by the flower bug yet?


I often share with these amazing peeps…

Creative Homeacre Blog Hop @ A Cultivated Nest
DIY Project Parade @DIY Showoff
Overflowing With Creativity @It’s Overflowing
Think Pink Sunday @Flamingo Toes
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @Nifty Thrifty Things
Give Me the Goods @ Better With Age
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping It Simple Crafts
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Tutorial and Tips @ Home Stories A to Z
Make The Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill
Tuesdays Treasures @ Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
From Dream to Reality @ The DIY Dreamer
Crafty Tuesday @ Blooming Homestead
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
A Little Birdie Told Me Link Party @ The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Lil’ Luna Link Party @ Lil’ Luna
Down Home Bloghop @ Tilly’s Nest
Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts
Whimsy Wednesday
Swing into Spring Wednesday @ DIY by Design
Hookin’ Up With House of Hepworths @ The House Of Hepworths
A Crafty Soiree @ Yesterday on Tuesday
Blog Link Party @ Somewhat Simple
The 36th Avenue Party Time @ 36th Avenue
Craftberry Bush Linky Party @ Craftberry Bush
Party With Me, Liz Marie 
Thrifty Thursday @ Julia Kendrick
Grace at Home @ Imparting Grace
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now Blog
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots and Jello
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Happy Hour Friday @ Happy Hour Projects
Lovely Crafty Weekend @ Lovely Crafty Home
Fertilizer Friday @ Tootsie Time
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different Act Norma

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  • Reply Manuela@ A Cultivated Nest 16 May, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Your containers are pretty! I love the stepladder with the birdhouses and the wire birdcage!

    • Reply Luisa 21 May, 2013 at 5:07 am

      Thank you sooo very much! I check on them every single day :-)

  • Reply Christy@Confessions of a Serial DIYer 18 May, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    So pretty!! I think my favorite is the white wire cage full sun one! It will be fun to watch them fill in…you should give us monthly updates :)

    • Reply Luisa 21 May, 2013 at 5:08 am

      Thank you Christy! Perhaps I shall!

  • Reply Natasha in Oz 20 May, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Wow, what gorgeous photographs! I love all of your beautiful ideas.

    Best wishes and happy gardening!
    Natasha in Oz

    • Reply Luisa 21 May, 2013 at 5:09 am

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by Natasha!

  • Reply Doreen Sargente 20 May, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    You’ve been busy! Such pretty flowers and I agree with you about that last container. It’s awesome!

    • Reply Luisa 21 May, 2013 at 5:10 am

      Thanks Doreen…I checked on them today and the double impatiens finally bloomed! Sooo pretty. They look like mini roses

  • Reply Karen @ A Stylish Interior 23 May, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Oh my gosh! I thought I was out of control with planting. But, now I feel like I need to plant more! Everything looks so beautiful and just love your yellow lantern. Visiting from Imparting Grace. New follower, would love a follow back. -Karen

    • Reply Luisa 24 May, 2013 at 4:09 am

      Haha…you are too kind!

  • Reply Lavender Cottage 23 May, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    Very nice containers, love the stepladder.

    • Reply Luisa 24 May, 2013 at 4:10 am

      Thank you so much!

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