Grab your mug of coffee or tea and take a walk with me to see how things are growing around the Potting Shed. You can find me out here early mornings and in the evenings. You’re welcome to help me water, deadhead, prune and weed while you’re here too. ;)
The window boxes have filled in and grown since they were planted in April, with a combination of petunias, angelonia, pentas, coleus and sweet potato vine, all summer annuals that can take the heat. The coleus tends to crowd out the other flowers with their foliage, but it looks good well into the fall when the annuals are spent and blooms have faded.
My hubby built Board and Batten Shutters for some window dressing and to frame the window boxes this spring.
The mandevilla vine has grown since it was planted in April and I attached some garden twine for it to climb up and grow around the windows like it did last summer.
Red Charm Honeysuckle was added this spring to grow up the right side of the windows along the shutters. It will attract hummers, bees and butterflies.
There seems to be a lot of pretty in pink blooms this month. . .
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) is blooming with pink plumes and butterflies. . .
The daylilies are in bloom. . .
And Veronica (Speedwell) is blooming. Deadheading is on my list to do this week to extend the bloom time.
Containers keep me busy watering. Fortunately, Mother Nature is doing her part to help this spring!
I used the thriller, filler, spiller method on this container. Thriller: blue sage (salvia), fillers: verbena and lobeila, and spiller: Pink Frost’ sweet potato vine.
Morning Glory has grown in one week’s time, twining around the bottles on the bottle tree. Morning Glory blooms last a day, opening in the morning as the name suggests, with the flowers fading by the afternoon. It grows rapidly in here in the South, thriving in full sun and poor soil and tends to be invasive. It will bloom until the first frost, which is usually November here in North Carolina. To help prevent re-seeding, remove spent blooms as they fade.
By the middle of summer, the wild vines and volunteers are rambling and climbing everywhere in the garden. Since it’s hard to get rid of, I’m enjoying the pretty blue blooms and trying to control this particular patch, using the bottle tree as a trellis.
I switched out some of the bottles, adding more blue ones on the bottle tree. I had several comments asking where to find the blue bottles. Check the Italian or German wine section at the wine or grocery store for blue bottles. You can also buy blue bottles on Amazon, in cases of 12 if you don’t want to drink your way to filling up your tree. . . *hiccup* ;)
The painted bottle on the tree that some of you asked about is recycled from a Novel Bakers post, The Circle of Kindness.
I loved the pretty painted/screened flowers on it. It was a Prosecco, Cavicchioli 1928. My Harris Teeter grocery store stocks it and they carry several varieties of their Italian sparkling wine with pretty floral bottles.
Limelight Hydrangeas are just starting to bloom. We added a new one this spring, replacing an Endless Summer variety, relocating to an area that got some afternoon shade. Limelight Hydrangea can stand up to the summer heat (unlike me ;).
White flowers help me feel cool, at least psychologically!
My Potting Shed was featured in She Sheds: A Room of Your Own, by Erika Kotite, published by Cool Springs Press/Quarto Publishing Group. “She” was honored to be included among the examples of She Sheds in this book! There is still time to enter the giveaway and I have three copies to share in celebration.
To enter to win a copy of She Sheds, leave a comment, HERE.
The winners will be chosen June 23rd.