May is for Gardeners

5 years ago

 

Yes, you can grow lettuces, chard, tomatoes, and herbs in pots.  I do and I get good results.  Every spring I fill my pots with fresh soil and place them in an area that gets full sun.  My reason for growing in pots is mainly due to a mostly shady backyard.

Buttercrunch lettuce in a pot

buttercrunch

 

Swiss Chard in a pot

 

chard

 

Thai Basil in a pot

thaibasil

Herbs in a pot: German thyme, parsley, beet seedlings

herbs

 

 

My irises are blooming and just recently I added this new iris to my garden.

Purple Iris

purpleiris

 

 

 

I've had this iris for many years and it's one of my favorites.

Blue and White Iris

bluewhiteiris

 

This is a group of spiderwort plants.  I also have spiderworts in bright pink colors.  It's an easy perennial to grow.

Spiderwort

spiderwort

 

My peonies are blooming and I have them in several colors.  This is a favorite and it's called Cheddar Cheese because of the large yellow center.

Cheddar Cheese

cheddarcheese

 

Another single peony is this beautiful coral one.

Single Coral Peony

peony

 

This is my Dainty Bess rose and I've had it for many years.  It blooms throughout the summer. 

Dainty Bess

rose

 

 

Ferns grow best in the shade and in a loose, humusy soil.  The Japanese Painted ferns spread and make large clusters, and I like this one too.

A Favorite Fern

fern

 

I always manage to find room for more hostas.  I divide them by plunging a shovel through a clump and then watering both the mother plant and the extra one. One entire corner of my backyard is devoted to ferns and hostas. 

Hostas and Japanese Painted Ferns

hostas

 

 

 

I am Marilyn. (LaraOct7@aol.com

 

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