TGIF, sweet friends! Who else is LOVING this beautiful weather??? Today I want to share with you how to plant a fall planter. This arrangement is so simple and colorful and will last until frost! Come see!
Our neighborhood is hosting its annual member/guest golf tournament this weekend and my husband and one of his besties is playing! I’m so glad the weather has been absolutely perfect for them! In preparation for the tournament last weekend, I replanted the large urn out back which faces the golf course. I mean, it was terrible looking. (I know, right? ) I’d planted some flowers back in the spring but it’s been unbearably hot and we didn’t have a drip line on it, so before I knew it, it was toast. And with about 120 golfers driving past our house for 3 days straight, I knew something had to be done!
So, a quick trip to Lowe’s and I bought all new flowers! Following the rule of thumb for any arrangement is a combination of the following:
For this arrangement I bought one Pompas grass for the thriller, 4 Purple Mums for the filler and 2 trays of Ivy for the spiller.(about 10 ivy plants) I like using ivy in my containers since they look pretty and usually weather well over the winter. (And they don’t spread all over the yard!~Ivy is best in controlled areas.) I love how it turned out! It only took about 30 minutes to remove the dead plants and replant the new flowers.
There was a gap in the front in between two of the mums, so I tucked in this sweet little frog statue to add interest. Isn’t he sweet?
My husband wrapped irrigation tubing around the base of the urn and snaked it in between the flowers and plants. Now when the irrigation system goes off, it will automatically water my urn. How easy is that? I mixed up a 2 gallon container of my new plant food and watered it in well. To read more about this amazing plant food see HERE: Best Fertilizer!
I fertilized it again today and the buds on the mums are just starting to open! It looks so pretty from the golf course, which was my goal. And as tempting as it is to buy mums that are already blooming, I find that they last much longer when the buds are still almost completely closed when purchased. In about another week or so, they will be gorgeous!
But meanwhile, the urn looks much better, don’t you think? The backyard still needs a lot of work. We plan to build an arbor and move the Confederate Jasmine on each side as an entrance to the backyard gardens. We’ve submitted the plans to the architectural committee, but haven’t heard back yet. Fingers crossed!
Well, I’m going to head out to the Veranda and watch as the golfer go by! Here’s Lacey keeping an eye out for her Daddy. She is so good! She doesn’t make a peep while watching the golfers, even when she is in the back yard. Her golf course etiquette is impeccable.
Here’s the team I”m pulling for! Good luck, guys! <3
Well, friends, I hope you have a wonderful day and weekend! Stay cool and safe out there, ok? Until next week! xo Dell