Tag: Gardening

Sweeeet Car-o-line…

Sweeeet Car-o-line…

Do you remember that tune? You know, Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond? No, he wasn’t in my music collection either, but he was my Mom’s favorite! Anyway, Sweet Caroline. What’s up with that? Well, Sweet Caroline, Margarita, Marguerite, and Illusion Emerald Lace are the ornamental…

A Little Garden Tour

A Little Garden Tour

I promised you a little garden tour after scattering the freshly painted terracotta pots around. So let’s get started! Welcome. This is the planter that greets you at the front door. A new terracotta pot filled with some colourful stuff! I got some great buying tips…

Hey, Sweet Pea!

Hey, Sweet Pea!

I’ve got a package of Sweet Peas all ready to go. But don’t really have a place for them to grow!

You see, our yard is mostly topsoil on rock, and there’s no great spot to plant the sweet peas and install a trellis… that is until now.

Remember the heat pump surround?

If you missed that post, you can catch up on it here.

I was thinking the lattice might work for a trellis. But that would mean growing the Sweet Peas in a planter. And somewhere along the way I heard they didn’t grow that well in planters… So I decided to investigate 😉

And here’s what I learned:

  1. You can use planters, but follow the planting rules!
  2. Don’t put too many plants in one container… believe it or not, they actually need room to grow!
  3. Use a porous container… plastic or glazed ceramic pots cause the roots to get too hot.
When I read tip #3 it all made sense. The problem wasn’t using a container, it was the type of container that mattered!
After searching Duncan high and low, this is what I found today.
Two rectangular terracotta planters at Buckerfield’s in Duncan… the only two I saw in all the places I stopped. And trust me, I searched! All the other rectangle planters were either glazed ceramic or plastic.
Today must have been my lucky day, because not only were these the only two I saw in my travels, but they were also 40% off!  I was hoping to find gray, and didn’t exactly have a faux basket look in mind, but these will do the trick!

And just to give you an idea of what I have in mind, here’s a little staged shot (with the help of Photoshop) set up in our garage.

I plan to put the planters side-by-side in front of the heat pump surround.

Apparently Sweet Peas like a southern exposure, so this should be perfect for them. And since I just know these are going to thrive 😉 my only concern is the lattice won’t be quite high enough. But I’ll cross that bridge if when I have to.

My Dad and I like to have a little Sweet Pea challenge to see whose grow the best. If mine don’t grow, do you think he’ll know this photo was photoshopped?

{UPDATE: Click here to see who won this ‘sweet’ little challenge 😉 }

Do you grow Sweet Peas? What is your secret to success?

For more gardening ideas…

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You might want to check it out!


 Photography by Sheila Zeller

Curb Appeal Hits Rock Bottom

Curb Appeal Hits Rock Bottom

Thanksgiving weekend came and went so fast, I can’t believe it’s over! Seriously, where did the 3-day weekend go? Well, I know where one of our days went. We spent the day on Saturday attempting to add a little more curb appeal to the side…