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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Border audition and planting pots................

I only tried one fabric as a border (if I am going to border it).  My idea was that a light border would continue the light triangles out to the edge and all of the darker areas would look like they are floating.  This Kaffe fabric has a light gray background so it is as neutral as I can get.  I know it is hard to get the idea whether it works when it is only on parts of 2 sides.
I had errands to run and planting to do so I didn't get back down to the basement.  The fuchsia flowers are wave petunias.  I haven't had luck with them in the past draping over the edge of the planter.  We'll see if  it works this year.
The lime green plant in these 2 planters is a new to me variety of sweet potato.  It is already draping over the edge.  All of the rest of the plants are Coleus.



The porch is looking like summer is coming.  I love pots on the steps.

















The third pot up is my geraniums from last year.  I just pulled them out of the pots and set them all in a cardboard box in my heated garage for the winter.  They had some green leaves and even a couple flowers during the winter.  A couple weeks ago I pulled off all of the dead leaves and put the plants in a pail with water in the bottom so the roots could re-hydrate.  They all got new leaves and one bud is ready to open.  I decided to just plant them all in one pot and see what happens.
All I have left to plant is this tray of tiny Coleus.  Maybe I'll plant some in the ground this year.
 

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

The border fabric is pretty, but I don't think it gives the effect you want (of "floating" the darker areas. Maybe if it were narrower?

Frebblebit

Linda Swanekamp said...

I have not even bought my annuals yet. It was in the 30s over the weekend. I have a hard time finding a shop that carries different plants instead of just a few same old varieties. I use a lot of containers even though I have a small house because I love flowers everywhere.

Marie said...

I'd be tempted to just bind it, no borders, but you'll have fun figuring that out. It is so beautiful.

Roxanne said...

So much in your post today! I like the border fabric better every time I look at it. Now only slightly leaning towards the no border photo of a few days ago.
Really interesting geranium technique. When I saw coleus in the garden center last week I thought of you--have not had very good luck with it myself but might try again.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

you certainly have a green thumb I have tried to winter over some plants and never seem to have much luck at it. Love the quilt

Needled Mom said...

I always love seeing your coleus plants. The pots look so pretty on the steps.

Nancy J said...

I like the light border, a subtle frame that doesn't dominate.And plants that start to grow after winter, always fun to see them take to life again.

JJM said...

Because I'm a tailor, I always like a finished edge. Your light border looks perfect to me, unless you show us another one that you like better, than I will too. (*._,*)

Enjoy seeing your creations in the pots. They are as colorful and as intriguing as your quilting designs.

JJM

Lesley Gilbert said...

Loving your pot plant photo's, especially the ones coming down the steps. I have 2 types of Fuchsia - upright and trailing. The trailing ones go in my wall planters. Maybe you should look out for trailers if you want them to go over the tub tops? Or maybe try pinning down a new branch while it is still pliable, to make it grow that way. Good luck - they all look beautiful anyway :)

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

Coleus is one of my favorite plants in all its many varieties. Yours are lovely. I like those pots marching up the steps.
The border on your quilt looks good, but I'm not sure you can't do better. ;) Remember I KNOW how much Kaffe fabric you have salted away! (Probably not, but you have shown a lot of it.)

Anonymous said...

Perfect border fabric for this. Normally I would prefer a darker border, but not this time. You are quite the gardener. I used to do some flowers for years, but not anymore. I've had to teach my husband how to do it. That works for me.