Since it is National Fruits, Veggies & Roses month, this week’s Home Matters Linky Party #188 seemed like the perfect time to check into a topic that I’ve often thought about but never took the time to figure out. I always try to put out at least two hanging baskets by our house every summer. And every summer, without fail, I can’t quite manage to keep those beautiful baskets of flowers looking . . . beautiful. By the time the Fourth of July rolls around, my hanging baskets look really miserable. That makes me kind of miserable, too, because those things can cost a lot of money!
I did manage to figure out that I could keep the Impatiens looking good all summer, but that was back when we lived in a house that had almost all shade all the way around our yard. As long as I kept the baskets filled with bright red Impatiens watered, they would fill out the baskets, containers, and window boxes right up until October. #Fruit #Veggies #Roses #HomeMattersParty
But I couldn’t get anything else to stay healthy and beautiful. That was OK, when we lived where there was mostly shade. I just accepted the fact that Impatiens were the only blooming plants that I could grow successfully, so I would add some pretty ivy or other greenery to draped down the sides of the planter / hanging basket, and they looked just fine all summer. But then we moved into a house where we had a lot of shade but we also had a lot of sun. Direct, all day long sun, and I thought that would be a good place to try to hang baskets filled with some of the other stuff that I could never keep looking good in all the shade.
So I tried petunias. Within just a few weeks they looked straggly, brown and scorched. Too much sun. Not enough water. I had no idea what I needed to do. I tried geraniums, but the same thing happened. Too much sun, not enough sun, too much water, not enough water . . . . no matter what I did they would eventually get droopy or “leggy” or just drop the blossoms and look awful. I tried a few other things, such as begonias (they actually do better in the shade but still they would always get really thin and lanky and look ugly) and even tried the fuschia plants which are really pretty when you first get them.
I was just about ready to give up with hanging baskets, because that’s a pretty significant financial investment every summer, especially if you want to have more than just one or two. Then I decided that I was going to give it one more try, and this time I’m doing a bit of research to find out what I need to do to keep them looking healthy and beautiful all summer. Here are some of the suggestions that I’ve found . . . .
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