Java Talk: What's Blooming In Your Garden



I have a lot of blooming going on out on that patio. Of course most of it is in containers. 


Marigolds, columbine, daisies, purslane. Irises, clematis, red hot poker. I'm sure I'm leaving out some. 

Just waiting for the vines to climb and start blooming next. 



For climbers, I've got hyacinth bean vines planted and growing like it's on steroids. White clematis, various colored morning glories and moon vine. I think that's it on the vines. 

I didn't plant this much last year. Or really since I've been in Tulsa. The yard at the blue house overwhelmed me. Then I fell the first summer I was there. 

So this year is really the first year I've gone all out. And since I'm mainly gardening in containers, I'm not killing myself digging in the ground. Now that's a good thing! Plus you don't have to pull weeds gardening in containers. What's not to like? 



You tell me. How is your garden growing, or what is already fizzling out? If it's still cold, what do you plan to plant when it warms up? Do you prefer ground or container gardening? 

And then if you just hate to get your hands dirty, what's your favorite flower? What kind of bouquets do you favor or love having sent to you? Or maybe you prefer houseplants?

Gonna go top off this coffee. I'll have to tend to business IF the plumber comes. At this point, I'm not betting they'll show up either. If not, I'll still be washing my clothes in the kitchen sink for awhile. 







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  1. i must like getting my hands dirty since I just washed them / filthy with dirt ! :) Just weeding here, though...at this time of year here in Western PA there is usually plenty of rain and temps going from one extreme to another...mowing the grass every few days, and then weeding the spring onion grass, bindweed vine that tries to come up every year, some invasive but pretty little yellow flower, myrtle, unknown vines and weeds...just trying to keep it into control until we can put veggies and annuals into the ground at the end of May.

    Hard to believe that we could have a danger of frost right now, though..it was about 90 degrees here yesterday.

    My back porch is full of little pots with seedlings started and then I have flower seeds and vegetables that I will sow directly into the soil in June.
    The back porch is heirloom tomatoes and flower seeds.

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    1. I never seem to have great luck with seeds. I do with vines more than with flowers or other plants. I'm going to have to start them inside, if I can find the room!

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    2. I love the thunbergia ( sunflower ) vine and ordered some seeds online....soaked them, used the miracle grow seed starter....nada. I was trying to save money but in the end I still had to get a pot at the nursery for them. And a few Lantana...I never find seeds for Lantana in the stores.

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    3. Yes, have to get some lantana too. They are so hardy, after all the summer bloomers are tired and spent the lantana just keeps going and going.

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  2. Good morning ladies! It's still too early for me to plant a container garden. It was only 37 degrees last night. Almost cold enough for a frost! I usually don't plan what I'm going to plant. I enjoy going to the local garden nursery and see what strikes my fancy. So much inspiration there! I can hardly wait.

    I love all flowers, in every shape and form. My favorite has to be roses, since that's what my dad used to buy me for my birthday. Just a few simple roses. This is kind of silly, but I also like sunflowers, since they look like great big smiling faces to me! I'm looking forward to reading the other comments!

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    1. Not silly! Sunflowers are one of my very favorite flowers to photograph or get a bouquet of. The petals are so beautiful. It's been cold here at night and I have to turn on the heat. Strange weather here in my neck of the woods. I usually plan some things for my garden, but I too fly by the seat of my pants and if I see something I hadn't planned on and it's within the budget, I get it too. That's the fun part!

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  3. I would love to say I have a beautifully landscaped yard and everything is blooming, but reality is, my Tea Roses are doing well but the climbers are already petering out, it seems. Some of the Petunias are beautiful but some are barely holding on. I have a few squash plants, in containers, that have blooms but the plants themselves are very small. The two pots of Begonias are doing well and so is the Geranium. I feel pretty sure those plants that aren't doing so good, is a result of the crazy winds we've had, lately. I planted a few Birdhouse Gourds and Sunflowers, in my Hippie Garden, but they haven't come up yet. Oh and the Catawba Tree, out front, is in full bloom. I wish the tree blooms would last longer but by this time next week, they will all be gone. That's about all there is around here unless you count the Dandelions, Thistle, Plantain, and Clover, which I refuse to allow my husband to get rid of.

    Grace & Peace.

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    1. I love the idea of a Hippie Garden! All I know to do when petunias start petering out is to cut them way back and hope for the best! I cut off the geranium blooms as soon as they start showing ugliness.

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  4. Hope your plumber shows up for the washer. I would hate to think of you turning your underwear inside out every other day! Nothing blooming here yet, Brenda. It is still too cold but we DO have grass that is green - finally! I love all kinds of plants- in ground and in planters and I can't wait to get out there and work at it! xo Diana

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    1. I wash the undies by hand. Me too. A plant in the ground, a plant in a container: love them all.

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  5. Good Morning! So far the only thing I have blooming are some anenome and columbine. Next week I will prepare one 5 x12 flower bed for a whole riot of sunflower and cosmos; Evening Sun 6ft, Chianti Hybrid, 4-5 ft, burgundy!, Summer Sunshine Mix Cosmo, 18-24 in. I suppose I could have started the seeds inside to jump start things but my cat would have had a fine ole time digging it all up. I have one container on my front porch that I plan to put geranium in unless I see something else that catches my eye. I would like to plant some zucchini but the vine borers usually ruin the plants before I am able to harvest any. This winter seems to have been really hard on the my rose climber and bush, so maybe those will be replaced with something else.
    You have red hot poker, Brenda? Story time, a few years ago I was eagerly waiting for my two red hot poker plants to bloom, to see how many blooms would come up. Every morning I would walk out to the end of the yard to check it and see how many stalks there were, and it was coming along just fine. One afternoon I happened to hear the mean little girl and boy next door whispering/conspiring out in their backyard so I glance out my deck doors and there she is sticking her arm through the fence breaking off a flower stalk! By the time I got out to that part of the yard she had broken off every single flower! She didn't hear me coming and I scared her so bad but I made her pick up every flower she had destroyed and give them to her mother. Didn't see her in the backyard again for a few weeks.

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    1. Oh my! What is the deterrent for mean little girls and boys? I just love those red hot poker blooms. They put on quite a show. About a week ago I was going along planting plants from the other house and finally looked back and Abi and Charlie were following me digging up each one! Little stinkers.

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    2. I love my Red Hot Pokers. I have a goldfish/Koi pond and no flowers seem to want to grow around it-but the Red Hot Pokers. I have Russian Sage by it and 3 came up this year and then one day-wilted and died. I keep trying different plants in my yard. I remember my mother and grandmother's beautiful gardens and some day hope to have the same.

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  6. I love most any flower, as long as I don't have to try and grow them. I would rather have a stick in the eye! When I buy flowers it's usually a mixed bunch at the grocery store, but I love all the bulb flowers most. Iris, tulips, etc. are so wonderful. Regarding the Blacklist. I'm sure they showed his burned back because he is the one that pulled Lizzie from the fire. Makes sense to me anyway.

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    1. Do you think he is her father? His comment about her father being dead leads me to believe that the man he used to be, as her father, is dead. Because of events in the past he is a different person now.

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    2. Good explanation of why I think he is her father!

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  7. I hope the plumber shows up!

    The only way anything edible grows here is to put it in a bed. I have lots of tomatoes, some squash, and jalapenos. The green peppers are getting big. It became too hot; the cilantro flowered and the lettuce bolted; they are finished. I have some roses from my rose bushes.

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    1. Yeah, I've seen your gorgeous gardens! You got a start way ahead of us

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  8. Hi Brenda, I have really stretched myself and my skills this year. I have tried foxglove, two different lavenders that are okay for the Deep South and David Austin roses. I also grew some flowers from seed and planted caladium bulbs. I will be pleased if I can keep it all watered. It seems to be summer here already unfortunately. best, olive

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    1. I love foxglove, but they are poisonous so scared to death to have them on a patio where the dogs are. They are SO beautiful though! I have lavender started to bloom little buds.

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  9. Ive never been a gardner. Nothing ive planted ever in the yards ive lived in really lived. Now that ive moved and really want to have a nice yard and garden im not able to sqat, stoop or get on my knees. So i bought some plants and tending to them on my porch. So the container pots are what I do. Nothing special because I have no income now. Someone who lived here before planted peonies....I just found out the name and they have bloomed last year and this week! They are beautiful white and wine. Thank goodness some one could plant! Brenda you have been my inspiration on container gardens!! You help me want to plant! I dont have a patio just my screened in porch. Thank you Brenda for helping me all these years. You give me hope! I bought this tiny rose bush in a little mini pot less than a week ago...it died 3 days ago. My own Mother's Day gift to me. Love you!!

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    1. I have herbs, creeping jenny/copper pennies, unusual succulents selveral different kinds, my hens and chicks all died from the winter. I dont like getting dirt under my fingernails. I come in scrub them down and have them cut to nubs. Must be something from my childhood! Lol

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    2. I can't seem to over winter hen and chicks either, so don't feel bad. Herbs usually thrive unless they're over watered. I studied plants in books and such for some time to know kind of what I'm doing!

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    3. Im big on over watering. Is there a class for this? Lol

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  10. I'm still in the planning stages for my 39ftlong ( 15ft x 12 of that is screened in) 17 ftdeep patio area. I know it definatly be a container / planter garden.

    We have decided on 2 crepe myrtle trees and 1 red maple. I'll let the garden experts at the 2 local nurseries near me help me choose some shrubs that'll work and then choose the sun loving flowers myself.

    hope your plumber shows up.

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    1. They called and said he's on his way about 30 minutes ago. My patio is about 22 feet long, but only about 10-12 feet deep. I'd love to have a red maple in a pot. I love trees that are okay for containers. So pretty all year!

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  11. Right now my "flower garden" is in sad shape. I had two beautiful rose bushes that are done flowering for now. One is a white Banks rose and she was a beauty this year. Most of my property is rural and wild. At this time of the year we are required to do our annual weed clearing in preparation for fire season. That will be done by the end of May, then I will plant some more plants. We are having a heat wave now too, 100 again today, and high winds, so it dries everything out so bad. I grow a lot of herbs, but in pots on the patio. I'm currently fighting with another young thyme plant. I can't seem to make them happy. My happy one is one I cut back drastically, it's all pretty and green, the other one looks like it's on its way out. I've tried drying them out, avoiding keeping their feet wet. Oh, I almost forgot, thanks to you, Brenda, I love my sedum autumn joy. It is a fun plant. I have three of them in pots! They seem to tolerate the heat nicely. Loved Rebecca's story, but have no idea what that plant looks like. Could you post a picture of it? I'm keeping my fingers crossed today is the day for the plumber to arrive! And yes, I think Red just might be the dad!

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    1. I need to find a sedum autumn joy. Don't have one now. It's cool here today. I was just out there and noticed my thyme didn't look as good as the other herbs. Guess it's time to take the snippers to it! My answer for ailing plants!

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  12. Well, I don't have many plants at my rented house, "outside" plants, but I do have a bunch of house plants I took out last Sunday! My house plants are mostly succulents and Cacti....I LOVE THEM!!!!!!! There is such variety! I did buy a beautiful orange Begonia...and some trailing red petunias, white petunias and blue petunias for a couple containers. I also have a nice big Blue Bedder Salvia in a pot...it will bloom all summer for me....and I have a nice Blue Sea Holly in a pot, and it will bloom in a month or so. When I sold my home last year my garden club friends and I dug most of my perennials out and took them to new homes. I have about 50 daylilies, 10 Hosta and about 30 other perennials planted in a dirt mound at my friend's house here in town. I had beautiful Helebores this spring...there a tons of beautiful Iris all over in bloom now.and I am looking forward to the glorious Daylily season!
    I also buy neat things at garage sales and auctions and flea markets, to plant. So far this year I have a copper tea pot, an old sugar tin and a 50's purse! It is only in the 40's here in south central Missouri today, and they mention a possibility of frost Saturday morning....I sure hope not!!!

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    1. I brought some salvias with me. They're pretty durable and heat resistant. Cool here today too. I had my first and only Hellebores in TX. I actually think container plants are oftentimes prettier than in ground plants. It's the height and groupings and the unusual containers.

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  13. First things first: Red is Lizzie's father. Berlin is her maternal grandfather and his beloved daughter is Lizzie's mother. How is that for scrambled eggs? I planted nasturtium seeds and they are blooming very pretty orange blossoms. The only thing I do not like is that their leaves turn yellow. My pansies are doing well, but with this 100 degree weather, not sure if they will be on their last legs by the end of the week. I really wanted to plant from seed, some moon flowers. Not sure if it is too late. I have the seeds. I have petunias, snap dragons that normally do quite well look a bit off this season, also I have cosmos, impatients, begonias, zinnias, four o'clocks. I have one hydrangea and she is a big beauty. All of my plants are in pots. I am not digging any holes around this 1/3 acre. I have many fruit trees and a beautiful grape vine. And the birds found all my feeders. I am going to plant a few more things, but I am leaning toward more seeds for a September/October explosion with color. Zinnias always are a hardy and colorful flower.

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    1. Well, that's quite a story! Do you think? I never could get moon vine to grow from seed. So bought a small plant of it. I'd love to have a hydrangea, but they always seem to die on me. You're saving your back and everything else not digging. Think my deep digging days are over. Just as well, I was killing my back.

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    2. Now that I ponder it a bit, your conclusion about Lizzie's father does make sense...

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  14. Brenda, I love your flowers...you have done a great job on your little tub gardens and the plantings. I wish you could find a person that is more a jack of all trades to help you. Maybe you could ask around at the stores about someone like that. Have you tried looking it up on line?? We have" Angie's LIst " around these parts, her list only approves good businesses. I am wishing you luck, I think you sure could use a break. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. Luck of the draw. I'm kind of afraid of just having a stranger come in that isn't part of a company. That person better hurry his little self up!

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  15. I just planted some of my vegetables a week ago and last Sunday did a few of my containors. I have a lot of shade in our house yard so love, love, hostas, impatiens and, of course, coleus. It is so cold here the last few days and very cold forecast for weekend. Probably will be covering some things. Turned the heat back on yesterday, so from air to furnace. We are taking down the old farm house this summer so that even opens up another "garden spot". A lot of my friends say "why are doing all this at your age" I am only 65, geesh!!! I love it. I still get excited when I see the little radishes just peeking up in the soil. My husband gets a kick out of my scavengering around the farm for containors. I am known around our neighborhood for the rhubarb lady. If I see a patch o rhubarb no one is using I ask if I can harvest. Thnx for the forum with java talk. I so enjoy other people's way of living.

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    1. I need to plant some veggies. Problem is, I couldn't eat a radish or a pepper or an onion. My esophagus is too delicate. Off topic here: THE WASHING MACHINE IS GOING THROUGH IT'S FIRST CYCLE. It must be stopped because it just now played me a little melody. The red cardinal might not be happy about the competition. The plumber, who was an older guy, came just before noon. We argued over the thing the first 15 minutes probably. I had read the book, I just didn't understand the hoses. He was afraid the drain hose was going to flip around the room loose, because it doesn't hook to anything. I kept explaining, and we kept arguing and I would read to him from the book. So we finally came to agreement. I had to stand back about four feet due to his nicotine habit emanating from his clothing. Do you know I got charged a fuel tax for his gas to come here? Lordy. And then he asked me if I had a stamp. I was a little confused there. But I gave him a stamp. He didn't want to go into the post office. Offered to pay me for it. Wasn't worth the trouble.

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  16. Right now I have daffodils, merry bells, pussy toes and prarie smoke blooming. Most of the perennials are up and with all the rain the last couple of days they are really growing. We have huge flowerbeds. Hardly any grass left at all. This year I am planting hyacinth beans. I did plant them in my garden at my old house before we got married and I moved to this house. I am planting the painted ladies this time. Red and white flowers. We love to go all over the state and find plants that aren't available near where we live. Some of the plants we have bought we didn't show up in the nurseries here for about 5 years. Now they are seen more and more. We do planters and inground. Most of the inground ones are perennials. If I get a bouquet of flowers I would rather have a mixed flowers one. At least then some of the flowers last awhile and I just have to pick out the spent ones. More bang for the buck.
    I love your pictures of the flowers you have. Here in Wisconsin we are really just getting started.

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    1. Well, you've got this thing down to a fine science. I am not familiar with merry bells or prairie smoke. Probably seen them and didn't know what they were called. Have any of you heard of muhly grass? I had some in TX and that is the prettiest thing. A swath of pink like a cloud.

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  17. I have some daffodils and grape hyacinths around my mailbox, and my azaleas are at their peak, but they took a beating from this harsh winter. Soon the Rhododendroms will bloom. do mostly containers that I can keep on my deck and on my front porch, because almost everything else gets eaten by deer. It's a little early for the containers, but I'll get to them by Memorial Day. And I'm hoping that my hydrangeas bloom this season!

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    1. I've never been able to get a hydrangea to live long enough to bloom. Everything here took a beating due to the winter too. I still have to use the heater at night. In TX you don't much have to use it past February. Okay, I'm getting up and putting some actual clothing in since we've done a test run. I'll let you know what happens.

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  18. Your containers look pretty. I love the way you include such cute creative touches in your container gardens. I especially liked the stacked galvanized container planters. I planned on, and have the seed for, a shade garden this year, but was not able to get the soil prepped in time, so hopefully the seeds will still be good next year. I will be planting a stacked flower pot container with annuals. I was inspired by your stacked galvanized planter. So far I have clematis, violas, Knock out roses, an old fashioned rose, calabrachoas, and a thyme plant in bloom. My new David Austin Rose has many rosebuds, but they haven't opened yet. I bought one Kong Coleus, it is a Coleus that is King Kong-ish in size. An excellent hardy-for-heat Coleus. My zinnia sprouts are getting too big for their chicken wire cover. We had four bunnies and two squirrels frolicking in the yard last night, so I dare not take the chicken wire away yet.

    I am doing more container gardens. My knee gets painfully out of whack if I try to shovel anything. I like the no-need-to-weed aspect of container gardens, too. I wish that they would manufacture affordable, neutral colored, large containers, with plugs in the bottom that could be either left in or taken out depending on how I wanted to use the container. I was like an accident going somewhere to happen, as I steamed up my safety goggles while trying to drill holes in the bottom of my containers this year. It was like a Mr. Magoo cartoon.

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    1. I had to go old school and pound nails in the bottom with a hammer to make holes! Well, we should invent such a creature and then maybe we'll be millionaires! (Or someone else has already done it and we haven't seen it yet.)

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  19. The peonies are in full bloom, as are all of the white, yellow, light purple, white and pink irises and the blue hydrangeas are starting to fill out. I just finished planting some day lilies, columbine, moon flowers, dianthus, morning glories, sweet peas, coreopsis, lavender, salvia, elephant ears, cosmos, cleome, white clematis, poppies, zinnia, asters, dahlias, bleeding heart, petunias, marigolds. I'm just looking out my window now because many are in pots just so I don't have to pull weeds. I am about to plant a rhododendron, pampas grass and a gardenia tree, here's hoping I can withstand the heat outside and dig some pretty big holes. I know I have more flowers growing out there but I can't thing of their names right now, I need coffee since I didn't have my quota this morning.

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    1. I plan on doing one big container of all ornamental grasses. That's my next project.

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    2. Careful which ones you buy, lol ! I KNOW you will be but when I first started to get them at Lowes I didn't know what was what. So I have some that are enormous...the kind with the heavy tall bamboo stalks. And I have some that are what I expected them to be like :) I learned after a few years that as lovely as those tall stalks are waving in the wind in the fall, to just cut them then because they are not something that you want to have to deal with in the spring. I did that for a few years then wised up and decided to nip it in the bud in the fall.

      Balisha sent me hyacinth vine seeds but so far the first five I planted ...nada. Soaked the second round overnight in a dish, like morning glories, and still nothing ...I will have to google online how long they take to germinate. Then I'd started cardinal vine seeds and they were happy in the house. When I put them outdoors and it got chilly they said 'to hell with this' and pretty much died off....they were on the porch / it wasn't freezing....but live and learn! :)

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  20. I forgot to mention all of the azaleas that just finished and of course the hostas are growing like mad.

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  21. I finally finished planting last week. Whew, what a job and I wore myself out trying to get everything finished, but everything is growing and looking good. The rain we had should help the veggie garden. I planted several rows of flower seeds such as zinnias and sunflowers at the end of the veggie garden. In pots I planted geraniums, marigolds, supertunias, calibrochia, angelonia, sweet potato vines, asparagus ferns, petunias, verbena and I have just remembered I have some hostas that I bought that need to be planted. Can you plant those in pots, too? I thought I'd make a new flower bed in a shady area, but I don't know if I'll get that done now. I have Stella's, Knockout Roses, May Night Salvia, Coreospis and Coneflowers growing in flower beds in the yard. Can you tell I love flowers? lol! Now the work of keeping it all watered begins. I'd like to try the hyacinth bean plant or some kind of vine to help cover up some of the ugly concrete on the basement/patio wall. I love houseplants, but with kitties in the house now, mostly have just pothos or philodendrons. Hope your plumber shows up today!

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    1. He did show up and I'm doing a load of laundry! I have both chartreuse and purple potato vine. Love them both. I need some coneflowers. Yes, you can do hostas in pots. One of the prettiest ones I ever had was in a pot. And now most all of mine are in pots

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    2. I'm really happy for you. Doing a load of laundry!

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    3. Yeah, it's working. We expect a full report soon!

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    4. Well, so far I've washed one load and am drying it. It seems to be spinning while it dries more than anything else, and sending more water into the sink. It doesn't use much water. I've jumped up every time I hear a different noise just because of the newness and it being different than what I'm accustomed to. It isn't loud. So far, so good!

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  22. I don't have much room for gardening since my back patio is small. I do have some herb plants on my baker's rack, a container each of elephant ears and hydrangeas, a hanging fern basket, and geraniums on the patio table. I did try something new this spring... I decided to try and plant climbing roses in a pot with a trellis, of course. It's doing rather well so far. Just keeping my fingers crossed that it continues to do well.

    Carol

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  23. Well, we do the most with the space we have!

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  24. ahhh, dirt on my hands. lovely. Toes in the mud and dirt is better but one foot is in a boot right now and the other can't be bare so I don't walk too much like a crab. There are patio tomatoes, sweet green peppers and small sweet onions growing in pots in the back yard. And some spearmint in a basket for my tea. Oh, and chives in the other hanging basket. Not a lot but enough to be fun and mindful of later this summer when it gets really hot and the drought sticks around.

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    1. You're in a boot too? What happened? Be careful in the garden and everywhere else.

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  25. Your container garden is inspiring me to try to get some plants when I return home for good in June. Right now I have a strawberry plant that is blooming and I even picked two strawberries off of it today. I'm surprised it survived the winter, but it did!! Going to read the other comments and see what everyone is doing this year!

    Linda

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    1. Wow! I didn't know strawberries could live through the winter.

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  26. I think I will try some herbs in containers and maybe they will stay through winter. It seems the weather does not want to cooperate with planting. Blessings, Catherine

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    1. I love a grouping of herbs in containers. Also like mixing them with other flowers. They give so much texture to your grouping.

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  27. You inspired me to go to Lowe's.....bought some hyacinth, begonias, ferns, and a few other odds and end on clearance. I haven't had much luck with plants in the ground this last year because of the hard freezes we had. We had a bad drought the year before! I am trying to buy plants and shrubs that are hardy for the Texas weather.....one day we have the heat on and the next the air conditioner. I am wearing a sweater today! I am going to try more pot plants this year . Good idea about planting hostas in pots and the grasses. So glad you have the washer/dryer going!

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    1. You and me both on the washer! Did two loads yesterday. In terms of the pots, you have so much more control. No weeds. No bending down and no digging. I roll around on my little cart to work on them. You can control the soil. You can move them around if they get too hot or don't get enough sun. You don't get all the diseases that spread. I don't even fertilize containers at all.

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  28. I'm enjoying a few new (to me) plants this summer: marigolds, petunias, and calla lilies. Still loving my standard impatiens (which my dad planted many many years, and I've taken up his mantle). I'm like you, container garden only - so easy!
    Mary

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    1. We aren't getting any younger, so we need to make it easy if we don't have anyone around to help us. I have my first calla lilies. Someone said no one can grow those. Well, it's only been about three weeks, so we'll see. Looking great right now. Have them in a container with other plants.

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  29. This is the first year in about 15 I have tried my hand at gardening. The only reason I decided to try it is because you talked so much about container gardening and even though I don't think I can deal with the regular type of gardening I knew I could handle that.
    So I have planted tomatoes, strawberries and 2 types of squash. And I planted marigolds all around them to discourage bugs. All the plants are growing like crazy although the strawberries are almost done bearing any fruit.
    I'm really enjoying container gardening and planning to do more next year!

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    1. That's great! With containers you just go up vertically when you need more room. My containers are growing like gang busters out there on that patio. What we have to remember is just don't use small pots. They dry out too fast. So I put groupings into big pots of galvanized tubs with holes in the bottom. Big containers take longer to dry out from my experience..

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  30. Other than setting my lemon tree outside I haven't added anything to the patio, yet. Maybe??? xo Laura

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  31. My comment was erased! Ughhhh!

    Anyway, as I was saying:

    I am green with envy reading about your flowers. I tried that for years but have finally learned to grow what actually lives here and as a result, have quite a nice garden. We are in Zone 10b so I have towering and some newly planted bougainvillea and tons of bromeliads. Some are flowering (tall red, pink,yellow and purple spikes) right now. I recently found a climber called "Petrea" that resembles Lilacs, but unfortunately,
    without the scent. For flowers we have "Thryalis" and "Pentas". It's so funny to read about "Impatiens"; here we plant them in November and they last till March. As you all are beginning to enjoy the outdoors, we are all running inside to our air-conditioned homes, running in from the rain and the mosquitoes. Our outdoor time for barbecues and picnics and garden shows and show homes is December through April.
    By the way, I don't live in Australia,
    this South Florida!

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  32. We're having a rainy, cool spell here in No. KY so not alot blooming in my gardens yet other than Iris.
    And unfortunately all my iris are the yellow/brown kinda blahhh iris. Not my favorite!
    I would love to try some Hyacinth Bean Vine if anyone has any seeds I can start. If you do let me know!
    On another note Brenda, I was happy to read the washer/dryer combo works well. Glad to have something go well for you!

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