April in the Garden – Planting pots and photographing flowers

Lots of activity this past week in the garden, get ready for a long and picture heavy post to enjoy!  I will be resting today after a busy week last week, and getting ready for a crazy busy week ahead.  I hope you enjoy the prolific blooms around our place, starting with the tulips.  Almost all the bulbs bloomed this year, then a hard rainstorm beat the petals all off about three days later.  But they sure were pretty while they lasted.

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Out back on the mountainside, wild yellow daisies bloomed with bright color against the green leaves and ground covers.  Amazingly, two irises bloomed out there too, how those got there I’ll never know.

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The redbud was gorgeous near the pure white dogwood.

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Azaleas came out beautifully this year.  From pure white to deep pink, we have a lot of colors.

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They bloom all along the drive up to the house.  I like this pink color the best of the pinks.

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But my favorite is the white, this year with no frost damage.  The creamy white flowers were covered with bumble bees visiting flower to flower.

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Across the meadow, the ajugas created a carpet of purple.

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In the front flowerbed, I was surprised to see the calibrachoa had survived from last year, and was blooming like crazy.

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The iris beds just keep getting better and better, with more and more of those gorgeous blooms.

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I adore these, and cannot stop taking pictures of them.

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Another shot of the purple and white ones I love.  I’m thinking this photo might be the photography entry in the flower competition category this year.

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The white ones started blooming too.  Sometimes I get two blooming cycles from these.  Last year, they bloomed in September just in time for me to enter a bloom in the gardening competition at the fair and win a second place ribbon.

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Up at the feeder, a new visitor!  This is the first indigo bunting I’ve seen here.  He didn’t stay long, and I hope he comes back.  This was the best pic I could get as I was trying to hurry before he flew off.

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The goldfinches are wearing their breeding plumage, the bright yellow is so pretty.

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Our cardinal pair is back too.  I did see the male feeding choice bits to the female again.

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On the veranda, it was looking a bit bleak with all the empty pots.  So a trip to the garden center was in order.  DH spotted a hummingbird that was looking for the annual torenia baskets, so we had to get busy.

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He moved my potting bench up to the sidewalk, and I set out some plants to work with.  The torenias were a bit more expensive this year, so I only got two for each of the hanging baskets instead of the usual three.

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They will grow nicely, and have a good start.

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Stopping by the bargain rack at the big box store, I found lots of dusty miller and petunias for less than half price – six plants for a dollar!  Yes, they were a bit bedraggled, but nothing that a little trim and good watering couldn’t cure.  You can see the prolific azaleas in the background here.

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I added soil to the spike dracanea to cover the exposed roots from its growth last year, and put a dusty miller with it to take up the extra space in the pot.  That might be a geranium in the lower left, will have to see if it grows.

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In the iron birdcage, I put a super belle in the yellow and white stripe I like.

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These geraniums survived the winter in the Carolina room.  The bloom picks up the color in my summer pillows for the bench.

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Gorgeous isn’t it?  I was delighted for it to bloom so well this early.

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A lobelia is placed the green ceramic pot to sit on the little wooden wheel cart.

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After moving the surviving tomatoes closer to my grow light, they really looked a lot better.  I hardened them off for three nights before putting them in the garden bed.

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Impatiens were on sale too, so I got four plants for each of the tile table pots.  They came in a mix of pink and white.

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Things are starting to look a bit more like spring now.

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I gave the parsley a trim.

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The coffee cup planter got oregano and a little more parsley.  I put some petunias in the lower openings on the planter on the right.  The little pot has a basil plant for now.

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Grouping the birdcage with the little cart next to the front door will give a nice display as seen from inside the house.  I moved the African violet outside, and in the lower part of the cart is my Thanksgiving cactus.  I ignore it all summer, so this is a good spot for it.

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I made groupings of planters in odd numbers around the veranda.  There is mint in the pot on the right.  I discovered the mojito recently (made with rum and mint), so I wanted to have a bit of mint available in a space that would be controllable.  Mint will take over a planting bed, so a container is the best way to have it.

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All total I had five geraniums that survived the winter for the first time.  The pot on the tall stand has a calibrachoa that also survived the winter.  I gave it a trim.  Yellow torenias are in the oblong planter.

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So the veranda now is set for spring, ready for visitors to sit and enjoy. On the right, my two amaryllis bulbs will soak up the sun for a couple of months to recharge the bulbs for next year’s flowers.  I hung my Spring Wreath out, too.  We just need to clean the pollen off the flooring when it is done coming out of the trees, and clean up the table so we can have some al fresco meals.

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What’s blooming in your garden? Are you planting pots now?

25 thoughts on “April in the Garden – Planting pots and photographing flowers

  1. Sylvia Anderson

    Good morning Carole….After having rain, sleet and snow yesterday, it seems as though winter is never going to leave, so no planting for awhile. The daffodils and magnolias were beautiful, but gone after yesterday’s wintery weather. We are a region 5, so planting usually doesn’t happen till after Mother’s Day, and sometimes, really long after. Hope you enjoy your day of R&R.

  2. So many pretty flowers, and those rocking chairs sure look inviting! We get indigo buntings here every now and then, but they are elusive little birds and difficult to photograph. So pretty though!

  3. Hurray that some of your tomatoes are making it to the garden! That is a big win. Your pots will be glorious this summer, and are already adding a lovely touch of color to your porch. Our transplants are still hanging in there, and we are watching the weather closely! Hoping for NO SNOW tomorrow, just rain, then a warming trend that I hope continues.

    1. Cheryl

      Your plants are going to be so pretty this year. It’s a bit early here for many plants to bloom. Tulips and daffodils are just starting. We have had a return of gold finches. They are so fun to watch. Enjoy your day.

  4. Your veranda looks like a lovely spot! Beautiful birds and blooms in your gardens, too, Carole! Because of our last date of frost in Colorado, my tradition is to plant all my pots on Mother’s Day, so I have to wait a few more weeks. I am so looking forward to that time of year!

  5. Jennifer Rauch

    I try to wait for Mother’s Day, but again this year already have planted something. . . pansies in a big, round, shallow pot in yellow & purple. Yesterday’s annual local Earth Day celebration @ our Recycling Center, includes a plant swap I enjoy. Each year around this time my oregano & mint are so pretty & mounded, I like to share as I take clumps to thin out. Later it gets leggy & messy. Fun to try some unknowns – one year I got a lilac “stick”, & have waited & waited for a bloom as the plant grew. Told hubby if it doesn’t bloom this year, out the mangy thing goes! Weekend yardwork discovery: A BLOOM on my lilac bush! Should’ve threatened it a few years ago, I guess! Restrained myself at the swap, only brought home sedum & aloe vera, as I try for hardy perennials in prep for more travel now that hubs has finally retired!

  6. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole, I have enjoyed reading about all of your endeavors with planting and seeing each photo that goes along with it. Your final picture is so pretty and by the end of the season it will look so different with the pots overflowing with all of your beautiful flowering plants and herbs, plus any extra additions you may add along the way. I will miss my gardening this year as we prepare for moving, but I keep thinking of ideas for our new home. Thank you for sharing all of your beauty with us! Have a fantastic day!

  7. I do like the way you have pots together, and the tall spiked plant in a pot on another is a great background for those others. Bargains at a garden centre, I found some petunias a while ago and after a good watering and trim of the dead flowers, they are as good as the normal pricey ones. Those iris, together making a great show.

  8. Lovely to see your spring plantings and the iris flowers. Do the hummingbirds feed from the flowers you have planted or nest in the pots? We ar into autumn now, a few rose flowers and hibiscus flowers but the leaves are coloured and falling.

  9. What a great garden post. I had those lemon slice bicolor flowers last year. I still need to wait a bit to plant annuals but I have been repotting some houseplants still. I do have a new Easter cactus in full bloom. I like them because the flowers close every night and open each morning.

  10. Patricia Evans

    Your plantings are coming along nicely. Glad some of the tomato seedlings survived. It’s too early to plant annuals and outdoor pots here. We had snow in the air much of yesterday morning and it’s been in the low 30’s at night. But the daffodils were spectacular and are just now fading while the hyacinths are at peak and the forsythia glows when the sun shines (not often enough). My Easter cactus has buds. It looked like it wasn’t going to survive last fall. And one of the
    Thanksgiving cacti has some new buds too.
    Pat

  11. You have a truly beautiful garden, Carole. I love azaleas – always have. Perhaps it’s something to do with the fact that my Dad ran a wholesale nursery many moons ago, specialising in azaleas. Unfortunately I have had no luck with them. I really should give them another go. I’ve been re-doing our plants in terracotta pots just outside the back door. Ants have decided to nest in a few.

  12. Carole, you have been busy, but your hard work has given you beautiful rewards. There are so many stunning blooms, where do I start? I do love the irises, they are just amazing. Happy gardening 👩🏻‍🌾

  13. Your garden and pots are looking wonderful. And it is so special to have the beautiful wildlife as well. Flowers are interesting as to when they bloom. I also have azaleas coming out at the moment. I would not have expected us both to have them at the same time.

  14. dezertsuz

    Your veranda looks amazing! I loved seeing all the flowers you used, and found out the name of one that has reseeded itself for about 8 years here. I’m waiting to see if any come up this year. I was surprised to step out on the deck the other day and see that I have mint in one pot – all around the edges and six or more inches tall! Hmm, I don’t remember growing mint in that pot! The rosemary survived, and I think the lime basil did, too. Or reseeded – I let it go to seed last fall. What a lovely time of year!

  15. Barb Shultz

    Your plants are beautiful. My daughter and Grand-daughter came today to help with some chores to help me get ready for my plants. We live in SW Wisconsin and it’s a bit early to put plants out. I like to put pots on my porch & deck railings. You gave me a few new ideas for plants and where and how to arrange them….Thank you. Much love….

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