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!