Here is a quick update on my container plantings.
First, the ones in front:
I took the plume of leaves off the top of the angel wing begonia and am starting a new plant.
The old angel wing begonia stalk is putting on a new leaf. I plan to try to start another plant with it once it gets bigger. The impatiens are spreading if not getting taller.
The purple and white Martha Washington geranium is starting to bloom. I'm waiting on the white geranium.
I added a newspaper liner under the coconut liner in these baskets because the coconut liner had diminished since last year and there wasn't enough up the sides to hold the water for it to soak in. It kept pouring over the sides. I have used just newspaper as basket liners in the past. You need about 20 layers. It works well and the soil stains it all a uniform color. These wave petunias are starting to wave.
The two purple sweet potato vine plants are growing. One has maple leaf leaves and one has heart shaped leaves.
This is the show stopper right now in front. My flower tower is looking good. The calibrachoa and petunias are blooming. I also planted some purple hyacinth bean seeds in each level and the sprouts are getting ready to vine.
Now, the ones in back:
I added a newspaper liner to this basket of ice plant for the same reason as the ones in front. The birds have been picking on this plant a bit but it is still going.
This is my saddest looking container. I seeded nasturtiums in here and they were looking great. Then, one day, I found a bunch of the leaves off the plants and realized I had black aphids. I watered, I squished, I soaped, I prayed, I sprayed, I cried, I sighed, I googled, I learned. Apparently, black aphids love nasturtiums. I should have been watching more closely. I read that aphids do not like garlic. So, garlic press in hand, I garliced the container. I haven't seen a black aphid since. Now, that could just be because there are no juicy leaves left. I hope it's not too late. I'm waiting to see if these poor sticks will make new leaves. They are still green. We'll see.
The purple fountain grass is doing well.
Here are the cacti and the aloe enjoying the heat.
The verbena needed a good trim. Hoping for new blooms soon.
The asparagus fern divisions are settled in and I put in some ivy geranium cuttings which seem to be fine.
These hanging baskets have bacopa which is doing well and some geraniums which are starting to grow.
A lot of flowers are coming on this geranium.
My trash cans have vinca and green sweet potato vine starting to spill over the side.
Here's the mother ivy geranium plant. It will have fushia flowers.
The surviving dianthus is enjoying its new neighbors: bacopa and a wave petunia.
The variegated sweet potato likes being in this old water cooler.
This tub was a surprise. I planted purple hyacinth bean seeds and white alyssum seeds. They sprouted, but so did a number of four o'clock seeds. Apparently, mother nature had already made plans for this planter last fall.
This is the mother asparagus fern plant resettling into her pot and enjoying the warmth of the patio.
The water garden container provides a soothing sound most evenings. We don't run the fountain on windy days or if we're not here. We have had one fish casualty. The other five seem to be fine.
This is a new addition. A friend gave me cuttings from her Jacob's Coat plant and they are really doing well.
These are amaryllis bulbs. I haven't been able to get them to rebloom for a couple of years. I keep threatening to toss them but I know I'm just doing something wrong so I keep them another season until I have time to try to get them back on the blooming track.
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