Cottage Garden Party #1, 2013

Started working on my outdoor pots already. This is much earlier than when I usually do.  It’s generally a project I wait until after mothers day to begin.  This year, the garden has really shared it’s blooms and beauty earlier than in years past. 
IMG_2139I 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
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Art and Sand said…
Thanks for hosting. Jann from Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson sent me over.
Tracie, so sad that I don't have a garden post. Thought of taking photos of my new blooms today, but was so busy hauling mulch that I didn't get to it. I will be here next week. I drool everytime I see your urns! I too am not a fan of the new pots but may have to cave for now. That's about all I can find in the way of large urns. That is unless I pay $350. ea.
Thanks for the reminder Tracie, I had just posted my Friday's Favourite - something I like to do to feature a plant or something garden related. Hopefully this will remind me to link with you each week. :-)
You sure do pot up a lot of containers, and so many interesting ones. I've been cutting back on them because of having to water daily in the heat of summer.
I usually wait until Mother's Day too but have put some geraniums out as well as the campanula I just received from the PC products I received.
Bernideen said…
I will be pleased to move your icon on my blog back up into "current" position now that you are up and going! We still have snow on the ground!
Wonderful to see all the wonderful magic you have put into your garden.
love from South Africa
Love that chippy, shabby box planter and the bucket with the stenciled number on it!
farmhouse-story said…
love your garden pics, tracie:) hope to join a little later--we are just warming up here--have a great weekend!
I've admired you garden for a while, but I never tire of it, it's so pretty!
Anonymous said…
Hi Tracie, Thank you for having me. I love all your garden containers. I will be working with mine this weekend if the rain doesn't move in and hoping I can make it as pretty as yours. Have a wonderful weekend. xo
Hi Tracy, Love all your colorful pots. There's nothing blooming here yet. In fact we had snow again on Wednesday. I will join in when I have some blooms in my garden.
Hi! Tracie!
I have been looking forward to your wonderful Cottage Garden Party! I love to work in my garden and enjoy seeing what others do with their gardens.
Hope you will pop over for a visit!
Luv, Luv,
Tracy, thank you for the invite! and for visiting. Linked up! ')
Unknown said…
What a great community! Look forward to some more great posts!
Sarah said…
Tracie, thanks for inviting me over to join the party. What a fun idea! Like you, I collect the old iron urns too, but all of mine are smaller table top. I don't like the fiberglass ones they make now. '-)
You and I use the same technique for planting the pots and urns. I like to add in new things with the older ones that survived the winter. Was rethinking that decision recently when I looked at my pots last year compared to this. Ha!
Tracie, we love being invited to a party! Thanks for the invitation! May God bless your new party. It looks like you're off to a great start.

Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens Nest
Hi Tracy, thanks for inviting me to join this awesome garden party.....Christine from Little Brags (down in Olympia WA).....
Lovely party my friend., Unfortunately I don't have any garden posts to add...I will hop around though xo
cairncottage said…
What a beautiful array of vintage garden containers! I love your big concrete urns! I also have been out planting in my containers. Thanks for hosting this sweet blog party!
Ann @ Cairn Cottage
Boxwood Cottage said…
Thanks for the party invite Tracie!
I linked up my post last night but was so tired, after a whole day of gardening, that I forgot to put your party link in my post, but I did just now!
Looking forward to see your flower pots evolve!
Savannah Granny said…
Hi Tracie, Thanks for your visit and for letting me know about your party. I am excited to join, however late. I have you on my list now so I can get onboard earlier next week. Good luck with the party. I have thought about doing one but I can think of anything I do well enough or focus upon that would make for an interesting party.
We are all so interested in you gardening. I will be happy to see how those pots look in a few weeks.
have a blessed weekend, Ginger
Anonymous said…
You have a wonderful collection of planters. I love thinking outside the pot as well. I tried some hostas in pots last year and stored them in the garage over the winter. I just bought them out and they are growing really well. I think I'll be doing more this year. Glad the Cottage Garden Party is back for another season.
Your plants look great! I love all your different kinds of pots and planters. Thanks for hosting- I almost missed it!
Unknown said…
Hi Tracie.....I'll be back next week with some photos of my garden which is bursting right now, just not photo ready.

Love all your planters - you've got me thinking about being a bit more creative with mine.
cherry said…
Happy spring Miss Tracie your pots are looking pretty and I can't wait to see your wheel barrow garden this year.. hugs and thank you for such a great party, Cherry
Susan said…
Happy Spring! I have not been blogging as my hubs has been in either hospitals or rehab/nursing homes since june 15 of last summer....he just came home last week! YEA :) However, last week my mom also passed away. :(
Anyway...LOVE the old wheelbarrow, what a great container :)
Thanks for the lovely tour!
Hugs & happiness,

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