Inside The Garden Gate
|May 15, 2011||Posted by Helen under Home Decor & Travel|
Welcome inside the gate! Please don’t be surprised that there are no plants growing just yet. You see, I’m not the usual gardener. I’m a wannabe! That means, that I love the plants, but not the usual work involved in keeping a real garden.
Each year as soon as spring arrives…I am ready to dig in the dirt! Make that Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Soil. Yes, I am thrilled to go out on the screened porch and cover the round planting table with old newspaper and get going. My all time favorites to plant are Super Elfin salmon impatiens, asparagus sprengeri ferns, and marigolds. The salmon color is near one of the colors in our home’s brick.
So, this afternoon, I enjoyed my digging in the Miracle Gro! I always plant 10 deck boxes and 2 smaller boxes that sit on a 2 tiered plant stand. In addition, I always plant 4 or 5 pots of the same plants. These pots and boxes will be either on our deck, or inside the porch. Our triangular shaped deck is very long and has brackets attached all along the rails to hold the boxes.
The Boston ferns, that you see near our dining table, are necessary. I absolutely have to have them. They were on sale at Home Depot a couple of weeks ago.
Each year, I truly enjoy splitting the Sprengeri ferns, usually into thirds, and adding them to 3 salmon impatiens, along with marigolds for each box. I especially like adding the merigolds for their pop of color. Also, they are credited with deterring insects. The butterflies and humming birds love the impatiens as much as I do.
Needless to say, you are now understanding that I am not a real gardener. I’m just that wannabe, who found her joy today by simply being outside and singing to the blue jays and any other birds! Thankfully, they can’t laugh and tease me about those voice lessons! Just hope the distant neighbors weren’t hearing! Soon, I’ll show you how well the plants are doing in the container garden! Hopefully, I’ll have added the marigolds, too.
I’m glad to be joining Debbie’s Newbie Party. Please visit her great blog: