Do you water your potted plants every day during summer?
For the first time in nine years, I decided to only water my pots every other day. We learned with our horses that the more you do for them, the more you have to do for them. The same goes for potted plants, I’ve discovered.
I’ve so enjoyed my watering time this year because the burden no longer seems like drudgery. With a break from watering every other day, I’ve had the mental energy to actually wish for more. Does that make sense?
A few weeks ago, I decided it was time to follow through on an idea I’d had in mind since moving to The Land of Making Do. Here’s the first look at the idea…planters flanking the garage doors.
It’s crazy that I bought the trellises years ago with this idea in mind. They were stuck here, there, and yonder while waiting for their intended purpose.
When we visited Lowe’s recently, these gardenia bushes caught my eye – or nose, rather. This lone nearly spent bloom put out so much fragrance, it was calling me!
I’ve always believed in adding scent to entries and walkways.
Next spring, I may plant some vine seeds to grow up the trellises.
We’ve had a decent amount of rain in recent weeks, so everything looks fairly healthy this year – without dragging water hoses around twice-weekly.
Along this north wall, you see Elephant Ear, Hosta, Creeping Jenny, Yarrow, and Cast Iron plants. At the farthest end is a Camellia that started growing fatter rather than taller.
Hummingbirds love the blooming Hosta!
From the opposite end, porch-side, you see the results of early summer seed throwng (red cockscomb from last year’s dried blooms).
I can hardly wait for the full fuzzy, colorful blooms to develop.
At the south end of the front porch, I spied something disappointing in the Cleyera bush and pulled back a branch for a closer look.
Poison oak! The poison ivy I sprayed with our farm services copy-cat Round-Up died soon after, so it’s time to mix up another batch.
More red cockscomb is growing on the south side…along with some yellow.
I was happy to spy the bachelor buttons. They’d been so slow to grow, I was afraid the seeds only made it inside birds’ beaks!
This young limelight is blooming nicely, too.
Over at the gas-tank-hiding-fence, the vine seeds I planted are growing way too slowly. Yikes! The ugly tank is so exposed! I’ve been waiting for moonbeams’ big white blossoms to appear – and spotted a lone bloom one morning from the kitchen window.
I keep forgetting to see how it looks in the moonlight.
Much to my surprise, around on the back side, the vine is blooming just fine – hidden behind the fence rails.
I found a Hyacinth bean vine bloom behind there, too.
What’s blooming at your house? Do you water your potted plants daily, or every other day?