Good morning! Happy first Monday of June! Hasn’t the weather been crazy lately? Despite the cool weather and tons of rain, I finally got around to planting my big urn. Perfect timing, since it rained again last night! Want to see how it turned out?
This huge urn in our backyard is one of my very favorite things. My husband bought it for me on our anniversary when we first built the pool. It looks perfect outside next to the lion fountains. I usual plant something new three times a year and then it looks sort of pitiful all winter. This is how it looked until this past weekend:
I thought in the fall I planted a perennial grass in the urn but apparently not. Or else it didn’t appreciate the cold weather. This is how the urn looked in the fall with the ornamental grass, mums, kale, pumpkins and gourds:
After a long winter all that remained was a volunteer mum and a pumpkin plant. I transplanted the pumpkin and left the mum since it worked so hard to come back. Using the thriller, filler, spiller formula I planted the rest of the urn. I replaced the grass with a pink Mandevilla Vine as the “thriller”. Then I added pink and white Petunias, begonias and some million bells as the filler. For the spiller I used my usual Sweet Potato Vine. There are a few volunteer ivy plants that I left in place. I love the pale green of the sweet potato vine and it seems to thrive in this spot so I end up buying some each year. Here’s how the urn looks now!
Because I planted the urn later than usual this year, it should last until late summer. I like to really pack in the plants because it fills in much quicker that way and in a few weeks will look beautiful and lush. Here is how it looked last year at its prettiest:
Last night we had a good soaking rain so it watered in the new plants well. I’ll be sure to feed them with Miracle-Gro every few weeks and dead head the petunias. I have a few more smaller urns and containers to plant and I’ll work on that this week. Meanwhile Lacey is loving working in the yard with me and swimming in her pool! She is actually dry in this photo:
I hope you have a wonderful day! Happy Planting! Thank you for stopping by. xoxo Dell & Lacey