In a Pot On Wednesday…..

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We have celebrated the warmth and sunshine of the past several days out in the garden, preparing for a new growing season.

We’ve fertilized, pruned, shredded leaves, cleaned up planting beds, and taken absolute delight in the signs of awakening perennials.  Our daffodils have begun their annual ‘season in the sun’ as more and more clumps begin to open.  I’ve planted a few still sleeping perennials and spread some compost.

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All the while, I’ve been thinking of those less fortunate… those whose gardens still lie under ice and snow.  I’ve never wanted to live further ‘north’ than Zone 7.  In fact, I like Zone 8 even more.  But for those blogging friends still waiting for your first daffodils to appear, and especially for those friends waiting to see your soil again after weeks of wicked winter weather; please know you are not forgotten or overlooked.

I’ve potted up a little ‘eye candy’ especially for you, to hopefully bring you a little cheer as you wait….

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Monday passed quickly, pruners and camera in hand, and late in the afternoon there was no energy left to execute a ” Vase ” for a Monday post.  Tuesday was much the same, I’m delighted to say.

We have visited our friends who run the best garden center in the area,  ostensibly to buy a few bags of compost.  Of course, when I saw their racks filled with colorful annuals and a whole section of tiny perennials at a bargain price; the inevitable euphoria broke my resolve.

Weather forecast ignored, I came home with the first flats of the season.

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And that is how “In A Vase on Monday” morphed into “In A Pot on Wednesday.”

Now, there is still snow in our forecast.  We are counting on a “dusting” with the temperatures hovering just above freezing.  These are all hardy plants, and should manage just fine.  And the pot is completely portable if things get colder than we expect.

Here is the lovely Hellebore from the “One Word Photo Challenge: Melon” post yesterday, with a Heuchera “Melting Fire,Allysum and two melon colored snaps.  What I hope you can’t see in these photos are the cloves of garlic I’ve tucked in to discourage any wayward deer who might sneak into the garden.  They won’t bother the Hellebore or Allysum, but they’ve been known to snack on Heuchera leaves.  Garlic has proven effective to protect our pots from deer nibbling.

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This pot is nestled at the base of a Dogwood tree, among some budding Autumn Olive shrubs, which will soon be covered in tiny champagne colored flowers.  Sunny now, this area will remain shady much of the day when the trees have their leaves.

Even though I didn’t manage a ‘Vase” this week, please still take a moment to visit Cathy’s post at Rambling In the Garden and see the many beautiful arrangements others have created.

We’ve been tidying up until today.  With the chores mostly done, I took a few hours late this afternoon to finally plant a little color.

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The flat of Allysum and snaps are all in the ground.  Such tiny little things now, almost lost among the leafy mulch.  But like all of the other tiny starts of spring, these too, will grow.

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Like so much of the happiness in our lives, we take a little here and there as we can.

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We are enjoying these first warm and sunny afternoons of spring.  Fully aware that winter isn’t finished yet, we feel its grip loosening a bit more with each passing day.

Woodland Gnome 2015

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9 responses to “In a Pot On Wednesday…..

  1. So much to do in the garden right now. With the weather cooperating, it becomes difficult to squeeze out computer time. Can’t neglect wonderful new blogging buddies though.
    Treating a planted pot much like a flower arrangement is a fine idea, as is stretching the definition of In A Vase on Monday. As we know, Cathy is a gentle soul who welcomes our divergent offerings.

    • Yes, Cathy is a gentle and welcoming soul. I appreciate her graciously allowing me to stretch the meme 😉 We are generally reluctant to cut our flowers, and simply leave them to grow in the garden; especially when there are only a few of any given type. I heard that same reluctance in your post over your Muscari 😉 Perhaps that is why most of my ‘flower arrangements’ end up potted. Our pear tree’s buds have begun to open, and the Forsythia are right at the brink. We’re entering into the most beautiful time of year… finally 😉 Best wishes, WG

  2. This is such a lovely post WG! Yes, I shall also spare a thought for those still looking out at snow. Your pot is very nice… I have also been shopping for peat-free compost and was tempted by the primroses and a few other spring flowers. We have such lovely weather too, but no time to plant up my pot until the weekend when it is forecast to rain! Putting garlic in your pots is a good idea. I tried it against snails last year, but I think we must have the French snails – escargots! – with a taste for it as it had zero effect! Hope your snow remains at just a dusting.

    • Thank you, Cathy, and I’m still chuckling at your Escargots 😉 Garlic should be a particular warning off to them 😉 Have you tried a foliar feed with fish emulsion? That is supposed to ward off a number of critters, but I don’t recall whether the snails and slugs number among them. Please tell me about ‘peat-free compost.’ I am not aware of it and it benefits. Is it made with coir instead? Today is our last rain-free day until Sunday- and I should be out making the most of it 😉 Maybe you’ll find a little time for your planting before it starts- Best wishes, WG

      • I just managed half an hour at my pots in between other jobs! Not quite done yet, but started at any rate! Peat is a dwindling natural resource here, and gardeners are being encouraged to find compost that doesn’t include it. This is the first year I have found any in Germany and it was advertised in the local press – it has been available in the UK for years though, where gardening is much more commercialised than here. I have no idea whether the plants will notice any difference though, so I will be watching closely!

        • Wonderful news, Cathy 😉 I’m glad you found a half hour to enjoy potting 😉 It is such a pleasure to work with the little starts each spring and then watch them grow. Peat remains readily available in the US, and I hadn’t heard much about finding a substitute. We do mix quite a bit of bark and perlite in our commercial mixes, and I’ve read about using coir for specialty plants. It continues to rise in price, however, and maybe that is a reflection of the scarcity of good peat. I use a commercial compost made mostly from leaves (no peat) for adding to garden beds and when planting shrubs in the Earth. Potting compost makes a huge difference in how plants perform- so I’ll be curious to hear from you how yours do in the new mix. 😉

  3. And it doesn’t need to be a vase anyway! What lovely muted colours there are in your pot, and how lovely to use bargain plants! Interesting about the garlic…deer are not a problem in my garden, but there are other bloggers who do get pestered. Thanks for joining in, whatever the day or container 🙂

  4. How fun to be in the dirt again! H.’Melting Fire’ (great name!) and the melon Hellebore compliment each other so well. So nice to see the earth springing forth in your yard. Delightful!

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