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August 2009

Five Easy Flowers for Container Gardeners

by Fern on August 31, 2009

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First up in the week of lists are fuss-free flowers that can easily be grown in containers. Yes, beauty in the garden often comes in plants that need a lot of work, but there are also tough plants that require no pampering, that are just as beautiful. And these aren’t boring, or typical plants either. Beautiful, tough, and interesting, a hard to beat combination!

5 easy plants to grow

If you want a pretty garden without a ridiculous amount of effort, try these five plants:

  1. Baptisia (False Indigo) – Has tall spikes of flowers that look a little like those on a sweet pea plant. They bloom in late spring, and if allowed to go to seed, will produce interesting black seedpods. Drought tolerance makes it easy to keep happy, even during warmer weather. While most Baptisias have blueish flowers, check out Twilight Prairieblues’ rust and gold combo!
  2. Nepeta (Catmint) – Forms attractive clumps of mint-like leaves that are covered all summer long with spires of white, pink, or purple flowers. They attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and look great in pots with roses. Look for a dwarf variety like Blue Ice, if space is at a premium.
  3. Portulaca (Moss Rose) – The hotter and drier the better, as far as moss rose is concerned. It looks great trailing out of pots and will happily reseed itself. This succulent will put out pinkish/orange or yellow flowers without even the thought of fertilizer.
  4. Nicotiana (Flowering Tobacco) – This cousin of the cancer-causing plant makes fragrant flowers that are like magnets for hummingbirds and butterflies. There are tall all-white varieites which would make quite a statement in a container garden or smaller, colorful types that are the perfect size for even a tiny balcony. As Louise noted, Nicotiana was named plant of the year by the National Garden Bureau.
  5. Caladium (Elephant Ears) – Last year, I bought two caladium bulbs packed in some peat moss and wraped in a perforated plastic bag. I got them home and promptly forgot about them. When I rediscovered the bulbs over a month later, they had sprouted roots and leaves! Doesn’t get much easier that! They have riotously colored leaves and love the shade.

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The Week of Lists

by Fern on August 31, 2009

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I am a list maker down to the chromosomal level. I don’t know why, but lists make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. So, to celebrate list making, I decided that I would post 5 lists of 5 things this week. Sounds easy enough, right? If you decide to try listmaking for yourself, post a link to your gardening related list in the comments!

Photo by nocas

Be sure to check back each morning for the following lists:

  • Monday: Five Easy Flowers for Container Gardeners
  • Tuesday: Five End of Summer Tips for Container Gardeners
  • Wednesday: Five Fall Vegetables Every Container Gardener Should Try
  • Thursday: Five Container Gardening Tips for Newbies
  • Friday: Five Different Types of Pots Everyone Should Try At Least Once

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Gardening links for 2009-08-30

August 30, 2009

This is a pretty useful website if you're looking for color combination ideas: http://www.colorcombos.com/ # Looking for vegetarian recipes served up fresh to you on Facebook? Look no further my friends… http://bit.ly/2DxSlo # Are you a beginning gardener & want to grow something edible? Check out this list w/ links to growing directions: http://bit.ly/3WYbta # […]

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Twitter Tips

August 30, 2009

Just a heads up that I am going to be posting a series of container gardening tips on Twitter, starting tomorrow morning. Follow LOTB at www.twitter.com/LifeOnTheBlncy so you won’t miss any of these useful and easy to follow tips (can’t get too complicated in 140 characters!).

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Photos From Southern Utah

August 30, 2009

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that my husband and I were leaving town to celebrate our (6th!) anniversary. Well, we got back not too long ago and I’m happy to report that my plants survived! I made a diy plant nanny, and it seems to have worked. We visited Zion National Park and […]

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Gardening links for 2009-08-29

August 29, 2009

I totally agree! RT @Gardenwiseguy: Palm Trees Are Stupid – Here’s why… http://shar.es/M1Wv # Inspired by Twitter & my friend @invisiblebees’s term “micro-bio” I’m thinking of doing 1? interviews. What do you think? Be honest! #

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Gardening links for 2009-08-27

August 27, 2009

I met Ali super nice & committed. RT @AnarchyGarden: Hell yeah! @Cocoxochitl and Ali on @abc7 http://bit.ly/60emH # Good one! RT @GardenPunk: Grow where you're planted. # What are you growing this Fall? Check out this list of herbs/veggies good for containers. http://bit.ly/LC5uk # RT @PCHGarden: Hot weather tip: Take down your hanging baskets during […]

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Sow These Seeds Now for Fall Harvesting

August 27, 2009

I know you’re dragging your heels, not wanting to admit that Fall and that dreaded last season of the year are just around the corner. But if you don’t sow seeds now, you won’t be able to reap the benefit of harvesting them later. Photo by Vilseskogen Here are some good seeds to grow in […]

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Gardening links for 2009-08-26

August 26, 2009

Now my iris is just showing off. http://twitpic.com/fdm2b # Sorry, but if you're a "meat eating vegetarian," then by definition, you are NOT a VEGetarian! http://bit.ly/Q3n3A # Oh, and a way to block automatically generated direct messages. # Is it really too much to ask for a good orange yarn? # Yesterday a guy shot […]

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Fall Container Gardening Ideas

August 25, 2009

Depending on your perspective, you may be either looking forward to fall, or dreading it. I am definitely in the former camp. I love the cooler fall weather, and by this time of year I am looking forward to having to water less. I’m also looking forward to a change in the type of tasks […]

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