I keep all of last years planted pots in tact and store them in the corner of the garden. I bring them out when the sunshine begins to show growth and I see what has returned before I start buying annuals. I also try to use starts from my own garden to cut down on cost. This year what I did purchase was mostly pinks and yellows with a splash of purples here and there. I love the chartreuse color that is offered in the nurseries as well and have those indoors at the moment.
Over the years, I have collect cast iron and cement urns to use as planters – I personally am not a fan of the newer man made planters that are offered these days. I also collect unique and interesting planters for the garden poke holes in the bottom with a hammer and a nail or if it’s a basket I use a liner inside to help hold the water.
Planting your pots earlier in the spring will help them get established in the soil and allow the plants to mature and trail alongside the containers by the time bbq season arrives.
The past couple years I’ve been more precise with what goes into this wheel barrow…but this year it’s getting leftovers that I don’t know where to put. We’ll see what it grows into!
I promise to share with you an update of the pots in another month to see the difference a little time can do! To see where else I am linking to this week – please check my “Cottage Links” label…xoxo, tracie