As soon as the calendar switches to May, I feel like we are finally safe from an overnight frost.
Since I love filling my deck with flowers, I am sharing my helpful tips for container gardening!
Ah, spring…time to start filling those pots!
Recently, I went on a flower shopping spree to freshen up my back deck! Unfortunately, I can’t add many flowers to my actual yard since the deer eat almost everything!
As you can see, the deck was a bit sad looking…
Actually, it is sad looking in more ways in one. Normally, we would be power washing the deck and then re-staining it once it starts to look like this. But this year we are leaving it since we plan to tear off the deck and replace it with an addition and patio. That plan goes along with my kitchen remodel and I am so overwhelmed with all the decisions. Needless to say, we have done nothing so far. So, I am living with the sad looking deck this year.
But I am not living with the sad-looking remains of last year’s plants anymore!
Once the weather warmed up, I started freshening things up.
I started with the flowers but I plan on buying some throw pillows to liven up these cushions. You can read about that HERE.
I pulled out this plant stand from the garage, cleaned it up and bought some geraniums.
I filled the pots with coffee filters.
* Easy tip – This helps keep the wet soil from dripping through the bottom. Last time I used these pots, I remember wishing I had done this.
Since geraniums love the sun I am lucky my deck gets full sun – all day!
So nice to have the plant stand filled up again.
This year, I also replaced last year’s climbing plant with a new one.
In this corner is a “Mandevilla” and I buy one at Home Depot every spring. They are annuals but they bloom the entire season. Even I can take care of this one without much trouble!
And to add more pink…
I have had this urn for years and I love the way it looks all filled up! I just bought a hanging petunia plant and stuck it in.
A few easy additions can make a huge difference!
And now I can sit and enjoy a glass of wine out here in the evenings.
But probably not tonight…or the next night…We are having some rain for the next few days.
In that case, at least I don’t have to remember to water the new flowers!
Some helpful tips for container gardening:
- Water frequently. Early morning or late in the day are best to cut down on evaporation.
- Put saucers or risers under containers so the water can drain.
- When filling the container with dirt, put a coffee filter at the bottom to reduce soil loss.
- Use the same color flowers for a cohesive look.
- Fertilize (something I need to remember!).
- Remove dead blooms as needed.
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