Tuesday, 7 May 2013

My new obsession - Flower pot gardening

I am obsessed with flower pots. I love that you can create a little colourful garden oasis in them, whether you live in an apartment or a house. Flower pots for me are the ultimate reminder that summer has arrived.

The most exciting part about creating a flower pot is picking out the flowers; there are so many choices and so many colours. We started our flower hunt at Home Depot where we picked up some classic yellow/blue pansies.

I wanted to add some more textures and greenery so we went to Sheridan Nurseries for a bigger selection. I must admit that I got carried away by seeing all the flowers; I couldn’t hold back.

Sheridan Nurseries
We picked up five additional annuals including my favourites, Silverdust and a yellow Poppy. The only rule I kept was to stay within two main colours, yellow and purple/blue. When Misha saw my shopping cart he started to get worried that our pot might be a bit too small for all my selections.

When we got home I was eager to get started with the planting, despite of a light drizzle. We placed the pot in it's final location and filled the bottom up with stones for better drainage.

Then came the soil. We used all purpose soil in the bottom and triple mix soil at the top.

I played a bit with the flower arrangement...

 ...and then it was time for planting.

I watered the flowers well...

...and this is how our flower pot looks one week after planting.  Every morning I take a quick look at it from our bathroom window, just to soak up the beautiful colours and check how the flowers are growing.

Flower pot - Snapdragon, Dianthus, Poppy, Silverdust, Shamrock, Ranunculus, Pansy, Marguerite

This was our first adventure into annual flower pot gardening and I love it so much that I am already planning our next flower pot, and a window box, and a smaller pot, ... and ... 


P.S. I will post an updated photo of the flower pot in a couple of months. I can't wait for them to grow.

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