WHAT I DID FOR THE BACK PORCH
As if I did not have enough to do, I decided to do some extensive changing to the back porch area. I was not satisfied with the plants I had back there, and got myself into a real project of improving over what I had. You will see what I mean below, as I took on the project of building plant stand benches. That was another task that I thought would take a couple of days that turned into a couple of weeks.
|This is about what it looked like. The
first thing I did was paint the area. If you would like to see what
that project was like, then CLICK
I also built a large table out of red wood.
|It seemed to me that more plants needed to be along the edge between the posts. I did not want them all being floor level, so then I decided to build some plant stands so they would all be up high enough for me to see.|
|Now it is time to start planting pots. What a project that turned out to be. It took nearly 50 pots to do what I wanted to do. Remember now, I am also planting in the front gardens, and that has been in the hundreds of individual plants. Needless to say, I got quite tired of planting. Every pot had to have the right soil mixture for proper growth.||It is all beginning to take shape.||Most of the pots are now planted, and the growth begins.|
|Just a few more pictures to show the growth progress.|
A few close ups of individual pots.
|You might notice the picture below of this same pot. This is a dangling Petunia. I planted several of them. I have really grown tired of Petunias. They did not do well in front this year like years before. Bugs kept killing them. I did find a spray that killed the bugs, but they were still a pain in the....ahem.....neck. For Petunias to keep flowering, they must be deadheaded. I am tired of that one, believe me. I will not have as many next year. However, these dangling Petunia's don't need deadheading for some reason. I have done nothing with them but water and fertilize. They bloom prolifically, then the flowers die off. I fertilize, and they come right back and bloom again. Incredible.|
|These are Vinca's. Great plant. Grow like crazy, and no deadheading needed. I will plant more of these instead of Petunia's next year. They come in different shades of pink, red, and white, and are quite showy.||This is the same pot as just above. Notice how much it has grown. I do not deadhead, but I did cut off some danglers that were not doing well. That really made the plant come back in blooms.|
Well, that is all for now, which is plenty.
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