I bought my house 7 years ago, and I was determined to have a nice garden to make the house look nice. I didn't enjoy the gardening, the watering, the fertilizing... but I knew it had to be done so my house would have curb appeal.
Over time, I started to enjoy my garden, spending more and more time on it each year, figuring out which plants are happier where, deleting those that didn't cooperate, and coddling those that made a valiant effort.
This year, I am happier with my garden than ever before, and I know it will be a good year for it. But now I have to worry about the planters, which are like the accessories to any good garden. And in a garden like mine, planters play an important role of filling in difficult gaps. But I just can't be bothering fussing with them too much. I was recently at Sheridan Nurseries, and was SO tempted to purchase some of their "ready made" planters, but I decided that $50 - $75 (each!) was a bit rich. So.... here are my planters and "what they say about me". Try not to judge. Maybe in another 7 years I'll love them as much as I love my "regular" garden:
This one says that I'm forgetful. My clematisdid not last the winter, and I forgot to buy
replacements. Trust me, this is very pretty
when it has climbing flowers in it.
|This one says I tire easily. I ran out of ideas|
and threw the last few annuals I had into
a spare planter. God willing, this will be lovely
coleus and copious impatiens by summer.
|These are my favourites. They say I am whimsical, and I like|
pizza (that's basil at the back).
|This one says I'm ruthless. If you can't be colourful and do|
what you're supposed to do without constant attention,
then to heck with you. These pansies have been coddled,
and still look like crap. They are headed for the garbage soon.
|This one says I can be merciful. This is my favourite old|
planter and over the winter it cracked and the bottom
fell out. I could have thrown it out, but instead I put it right into the ground and planted
one of my faves (dahlias) in it.
|And this speaks to my ability to copy. Every nursery|
worth its salt has something like this one!