The birds are singing sweet, melodic tunes this morning,
as I enjoy a cup of coffee, a bagel, and the sights of healthy, new plants in pots on the porch.
My garden containers were overdue for refreshing.
I purposely put replanting them off a little longer than usual this year.
I wasn't sure Mr. Ramblings and Mr. Ramblings, Jr,
would give them much attention while I was away on my trip.
...afraid I would come back come to this...
what I already had! ha!
The topiary didn't survive the winter.
But the plants that shared the pot, were coming back nicely.
This year, I decided for this area, to stick mainly to different variations of greenery
with just a little pop of color... the blue flowers.
First, the heavy clump of roots, dirt, and the dead tree had to come out.
Had to use a little muscle... gracious, was it ever heavy!
After trying to pry the viable plants from the gnarled mess with a shovel and by hand,
a grabbed a serrated kitchen knife and began carving out chunks.
...worked like a charm!
Filled the pot with the chunks around the tree...
Added potting soil, ...looking so much better!
For no reason, other than it was the size bag I needed,
I bought a bag of ORGANIC Choice Miracle Gro potting soil.
It smelled like pure cow patties, which was quite difficult to rid my hands of the scent!
Brought back memories, the challenge of dodging cow dung to cross a vast pasture
to get to the annual Easter Egg Hunt at my grandparents Mc's farm!
As a child, it was a game!
It's lost it's appeal over the years! ha!
The other two pots received healthy new plants as well.
A few more planters around my home...
the beautiful Asparagus Fern was a birthday gift from a friend.
They have become kind of hard to find in our area.
I love them,
they take the heat well, and will potentially come back next year.
The Angel Wing Begonias remind me of my beloved Grandma B.
We shared a mutual fondness for them!
Two Macho Ferns by the back doors, in urns on either side.
The same friend that gave me the Asparagus Fern, introduced me to Macho Ferns.
They've become a favorite of mine!
I shared the container garden on the front porch, below, back in February, filled with pansies.
White geraniums replaced pansies that were looking a little ragged.
The pansies I replaced were all white,
but I noticed a blue one has volunteered, peeking out among the geraniums.
Scaling back on my container gardens this year,
I won't have as much time to take care of too many.
But I do enjoy them,
...their beauty brings joy throughout the summer!
Hope you all are having a great week!
Thanks for stopping in to visit! :)