Monday, April 28, 2014

Hastening Spring

I don't know if it was the trip to Connecticut yesterday where flowering trees and spring blooms are abundant and lush or just my usual impatience at this time of year, but against my better judgment (and the stern admonishment from the owner of my local nursery) I went ahead and planted some annuals in the urns outside my door today.


We are still at risk for nighttime freezing temps up here but the plants aren't in any danger - I use plastic liners in the urns which can be easily removed and stored inside overnight. It's worth keeping an eye on the weather to get a head start on the season, and as it warms up and the plants fill in the liner will be obscured.


My choice of annuals is pretty similar from year to year; I have my favorites and tend to rotate them based on what I see at the nursery. This year I started with white impatiens (hmmm...), lobelia and trailing vinca vine. I added a small urn of pansies for instant blooms as those are readily available right now.


Usually by mid-summer I will have to swap something out and refresh. This year I am thinking geraniums as I would like to try to over-winter some. For now, I am happy to see something growing and am eagerly anticipating warmer days ahead.

On a virtual housekeep note...for those of you who subscribe to this blog by email, I have transferred the email delivery service from Google's FeedBurner (which has been giving me trouble) to FeedBlitz. Please add feedblitz@mail.feedblitz.com to your address book so new posts are not delivered to your spam folders and look out for a message from FeedBlitz advising that this change has taken place.

24 comments:

  1. those look just fresh and stunning Phyllis. you know, i always overlook the white plants in favor of the blues/indigos, but you (and Loi) are geniuses to do and do it right. i need to take a page from your books!

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  2. Can't go wrong with white pansies :) Looking good, Phyllis!! I bet it's colder in Maine than Vermont.....even had a few patches of snow when we were there. By the way, you've been making lots of changes on your blog, etc. It all looks fabulous. Really classy!

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  3. I would have been like you and done it too! I love white blooms in your cast iron planters! xo

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  4. How could you resist? Enjoy...after the winter you've had you deserve a little spring :)

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  5. I understand Phyllis, love your flowers, I could not wait any longer either!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  6. How beautiful, Phyllis and I love the dash of color with the pansies…beautiful!

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  7. Looks wonderful! Can't wait for some warmer temps..

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  8. Are petunias available yet in your neighborhood? They are my absolute favorite for planters: love walking by and catching the scent! White and purple or blue is my color scheme of choice!
    Your blog is looking really nice: it's so clean and sophisticated: love it!
    So, do you think Feed Blitz is the way to go? I've been wondering about FeedBurner, and the rumors of it's total demise. Well, I'll look into it as we're making some back end changes on the blog this week...

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    1. Hi Libby,

      The petunias were only available already potted up in mixed containers – no cell packs yet – but that is another good idea for the day I have to pull the impatiens and re-plant. I am thrilled with FeedBlitz, it is very user friendly and has great support. FeedBurner stopped sending my subscribers new posts altogether and there is absolutely no support in place – just forums of other users and that can only take you so far when something is not working or there is a bug in the system. I definitely recommend the switch!

      xo,
      Phyllis

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  9. Looks stunning....I too am so tempted, I keep staring at my poor empty barren urns begging for something, anything! I was thinking by this weekend if there are no more cold snaps then I will go ahead and get busy....your urns look beautiful. You have inspired me!

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  10. I love the white pansies in the rusted urn. The mental lift that admiring flowers on the patio provides is worth the risk. I am sure you will bring them in on chilly nights. I am still amazed at the enjoyment we all feel from beautiful plants in our surroundings. One of life's simplest joys!

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  11. Phyllis, it looks beautiful! I could not agree with you more, better to watch the weather and get a head start especially as it makes the heart, mind and spirit perk up on a grey day!

    I hope you have a wonderful week!

    P.S. I forgot to mention, I love your new blog design

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  12. Simply Lovely, my planters are bare .. its been so cold. I have the same iron urns on the front steps.. still not sure what I will plant in them yet!

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  13. Phyllis,
    White impatiens and blue lobelia are my go to plants for containers around our home. What a smart idea, where frost is a threat, to have containers inside your urns enabling you to move them indoors when its expected to freeze. Both urns look wonderful. It's amazing what a lift we all get from seeing a few fresh growing things around.
    xo,
    Karen

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  14. Phyllis, they look so pretty...I love white pansies!

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  15. Looks so pretty Phyllis! It has been cold with pouring down rain all day today so it's nice to see some spring flowers!
    -Shelley

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  16. Gorgeous Phyllis. Seeing your crisp style always makes me want to declutter. Gorgeous urns! Gorgeous flowers! Gorgeous weather ahead...yay! xo Terri

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  17. I like the idea of keeping them in the plastic liner to pop them out in bad weather...I will remember that tip. I will keep my eye out for the next post to ensure I receive it.

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  18. It looks amazing! I am waiting for more warmer days ... My planters are empty ...
    Margaret
    http://www.decordesireforbeauty.com/blog.html

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  19. Hi Phyllis,
    They look so pretty, and a great tip to be able to take them into shelter if need be.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend,
    Liz x

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  20. love the sculptural quality those urns lend to your doorstop....lovely!!

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  21. Beautiful! I am a big fan of pansies too!

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