Friday, May 6, 2016

Planting my annuals






Happy Friday! I hope you've had a good week. Ours was rather long, with several school projects and presentations due, as well as a day in the hospital with the LB, for testing. It was fairly harrowing, but the good news is that his surgery last summer was successful! The tests confirmed that one of his renal issues - bilateral vesicoureteral reflux - is a thing of the past, which is a huge relief. He has been tested regularly for this specific condition since he was two weeks old. The test is invasive and uncomfortable and he has been a trouper through every one. Other tests and treatment will continue, but this test was the really hard one and we're probably done with it for good! We're doing a happy dance over here, so feel free to join us.

In other news, I planted my annuals this week. What a weird weather pattern we've had these past few days. The high temperatures have swung wildly, from the forties to the eighties, like we're having winter and summer in the same week. I bought the annuals last week, but held them sheltered in our courtyard until I was sure the latest cold snap was over. I think we're safe now, so I finally got them planted. I'm really excited about them! In the half-barrel, I planted four geraniums - two pink zonal-type and two white trailing ivy ones. The white ones have little splotches of dark pink on each petal. I put the white ones on the sides of the barrel so they can hang down as they grow. The pink ones will get taller instead of wider, so they're more in the center of the barrel.

All around the geraniums, I planted verbenas. I picked up a pack of six assorted ones (I think there's pink, purple and white, maybe a red one too) for cheap. I keep reading (in places like Sunset) that it's okay to pack in your annuals to achieve a full display when they're mature. It works better for me in some years than it does in others, but I felt bold this time and I'm going for it. I learned a lot from my annuals series two years ago, Manageable Annuals (put it in my search bar if you want to read my posts), but the main thing I learned is WATER THEM.

Do you like the violas? I planted them in the Talavera planter we picked up at the thrift store back in March. Gosh, I love that planter. I thought a long time about what to put in it. I felt like it needed a plant that wasn't too bright or showy, so that the planter's colors and design could really shine. I considered simple white or yellow flowers, but then I saw these violas at Lowe's and I had to have them. Aren't they pretty? I just love the colors in them. I feel like they don't compete too much with the planter, and they just look so sweet. I've never grown violas before, though. The geraniums and verbenas don't scare me (much), but the violas will keep me on my toes. I have a feeling water will be the key to their success as well...just a hunch, you know.

I hope you have a good weekend. Happy Mother's Day!

36 comments:

  1. Joining you in that happy dance :) Beautiful annuals...we still have a few weeks before we can plant them here, but I can't wait for a little colour in the garden.

    Happy weekend.

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  2. I'm dancing over here too - it's quite a sight! :)
    I love your flowers!

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  3. happy for you & the LB hope all goes well with the other tests too.
    had a giggle over your learnings, here watering is a must as it is so dry, yeh isn't the weather just crazy? we are having a yo-yo effect here too, summer, winter, summer it's like it cant make up it's mind, the days are still very humid here, which is unusual for mid autumn.
    love your choice of plants & flowers, be careful though as geraniums don't like too much water. those violas are very cute & am sure they will go well with your new planter.
    thanx for sharing

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  4. I am extremely happy for you and your son and whole family that your son's surgery was successful and he won't have to have that test anymore. Wahoo! I like your flower selection will do very well and you'll really like the Verbena. I love the shy little Viola too. Have fun with them. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  5. Such good news about your son; it must be a huge relief and definitely worthy of a happy dance. It's good to know that we're not the only ones experiencing weird weather recently. Currently, we're in a hot phase, although I've a BBQ planned for today, so that's probably the kiss of death for the sunshine! Loving your choice of annuals and those violas look adorable in your new planter. Happy watering. xx

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  6. HaPpY DaNcE!!! HaPpY DaNcE!!! Wonderful news about LB. I have kept in him my prayers for the past several months and I am extremely happy to hear the great news. Love your flowers. I planted four geraniums in my half barrel in the backyard too. I want to get some of those grass spikes to put in the center of the four flowers. I still need to plant flowers at the lake in my big pot there...probably next weekend after Alex goes home. I did buy a big pot of "preplanted" petunias for the front steps. In lilac and white, my favorite colors. I love your choice for that beautiful planter. The violas are so sweet. Have a wonderful weekend Jennifer!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  7. Hey Jennifer,
    I'm happy dancing over here. Such wonderful news for your small bear! I have planted some annuals this week. Geraniums, snap dragons (my favourite and I have about two hundred Cosmos waiting patiently in the greenhouse. Oh and about one hundred marigolds ;) I think I went a bit mad with the seeds this year. I think Violas are really pretty, but I've never planted any in my garden. Yours look very pretty.
    Leanne xx

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    1. Oh and I meant to say that our sunflowers have been re-potted and will be going into the ground at the end of the month! Are you ready for a bit of friendly competition? The lady at my local plant nursery told me that animal hair is a really good snail and slug deterrent, so I shall be brushing Honey and scattering liberally around the base. Let's see how high these babies can grow!!!
      L xx

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    2. really, animal hair. I have a hoover full of that! excellent news. this year the slugs are not feasting on MY flowers xxx

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  8. What fun, planting out annuals for spring. The violas are very nice indeed, and look great in your wonderful pot. Pink geraniums always look nice, and it looks like you will have a great display there. Happy gardening Jennifer.

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  9. Joining your happy dance, what great news! I love your flowers I have never planted any annuals, I don't have much success with flowering plants, but my neighbour does so I still get to enjoy them!

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  10. Lovely flowers, we still have very Cold Nights here and one week ago 15 cm snow, so I only look at flowerphotos. Have a Nice week end.

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  11. joining in your happy happy dance, so happy for you and the little bear xxx can't wait to see your flowers flourish with all the love and care you give them.

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  12. Beautiful plantings! The violas do look lovely in the Talavera planter, so colourful and sweet. So happy to hear the good news about LB....that is just wonderful!
    Happy weekend Jennifer!
    Helen xox

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  13. That's fantastic news about the LB, it must be a weight off your mind. Do you know, I had vesicoureteral reflux as a child but I didn't need surgery as it righted itself in the end. Your planters look lovely and they'll fill with colour as the plants establish themselves. I haven't even visited the garden centre this year, I seem to have lost my gardening mojo somewhat after giving up the allotment.

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  14. I love violas and pansies your annuals are looking so pretty it doesn't seem five minutes since you were planting them last year how the time flies. Great news about LB I'm going to do a dance in his honour just as soon as I've written this a huge weight lifted off your shoulders. have a lovely weekend. :) xx

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  15. Beautiful, love geraniums, just bought some too. We put them in greenhouse in winter so they winter over.
    The Talavera planter is gorgeous.
    So glad that all went well for your son, I know that's a huge relief for you and him.

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  16. I am doing a happy dance, I really am thrilled for you, such good news. I haven't bothered to plant any annuals this year preferring to pot up some extra vegetables/salad this year.

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  17. Joining in the happy dance, wonderful news! Your son must be a very brave little bear.
    I love the talavera planter and would love one in my garden. The violas look perfect in it.

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  18. Jennifer, I'm so pleased for your LB, I'm joining in the happy dance. It's really good news, you must all be so relieved. Lovely to see your annuals planted out. I took a load to the allotment today and ended up bringing them all home again, I just didn't have time to put them out. Maybe next time. I shall enjoy seeing your garden in summer again, it's always so pretty. Wishing you and yours a good Sunday. CJ xx

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  19. That planter sure is a happy thing. It is a bit cold here yet, we may get a frost or two more. But mum and I planted parsnips and spinach at the allotment on Wednesday despite me having a bad back - I am on diazepam which is a bit spacey so I just watered at the end and sat on the bench and watched my 62 year old mum do all the work! Jo x

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  20. That's wonderful news about LB, Jennifer. I am definitely doing a happy dance for him - and for you as well. What a relief!

    Your flowers are going to look amazing. :o)

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  21. Hello Jennifer ...
    I don't always comment when I call into your blog, but felt I really must this time.
    Good news about LB, and your plantings look good as well.

    Enjoy your weekend

    All the best Jan

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  22. Wow! The flowers you chose are perfect! I'm so glad you have happy news after LB's procedures! Yay!
    I know. The weather. Come on sunshine!

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  23. Woohoo! I'm joining your happy dance, too! I just posted some photos of some of our newest blooms and now am delighted to admire yours before I head to bed. Your Violas are especially lovely, and look just right in your beautiful new pot. Happy Mother's Day, Jennifer. xx

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  24. That's fabulous news on LB's health. What a great way to start the summer. The annuals look so good too. Happy Mothers Day Jennifer.

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  25. Fabulous news about your son!! So much to celebrate on Mother's Day and every day.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  26. That's fabulous news, Jennifer, and it must be a huge relief for all of you. A great start to your summer. Your planters look great and I'm sure the flowers will give you loads of pleasure. In the heat of summer, I usually water my containers most evenings as I stroll round checking them all. It's a calming thing to do after a busy day. Sam x

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  27. You have incorporated my favourite plants into your container garden. I do love violas but this year can't seem to find any. Usually they are all over the place for sale as starters.

    It's wonderful news about your child. I'm sure there is relief all around.

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  28. wonderful news! so glad!! the flowers are beautiful as are the spaces you put them in!!! may Good News continue to come to you and your family! :)

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  29. Glad to hear LB's surgery was a success.. you must be relieved.
    The flowers look lovely and the planter is gorgeous.

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  30. Ecxellent news about your son's tests, that must be a relief all round! Your planters are beautiful. I live geraniums, they are a great favourite of mine X

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  31. Yeah, I am doing a happy dance for you, too. It must be such a relief to have something less to worry about. I grew up with a brother who spent long stretches of time in hospital and I can maybe understand a little how difficult it must be for all of you to have serious medical problems (I was very young when things were real bad with my brother). Wishing you all luck and continued health. My annuals are still tiny seedlings growing on the window sill but I hope that they are ready to go outside this weekend.

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  32. That's really wonderful news about the LB, I'm so happy for him and for you both. I really enjoyed reading about your planting - similar plants and gardening plans are going on here too. I have a soft spot for geraniums, especially the pink ones. They're just lovely.

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  33. So thankful to hear your good news!! The flowers look so cheerful too. X

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  34. So thankful to hear your good news!! The flowers look so cheerful too. X

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