Last year I was left with a glut of bulbs that I’d failed to plant – I blame it on Hurricane Sandy and a lack of running water (sucked), anyway, I wound up dumping just about all of them into a very large container, topping it up with loads of potting soil, and hoping for the best. It turned out to be pretty cool (an amazing winter container garden!) and just about all the bulbs came up. Once they we’re done blooming, I transferred them to the earth where they belong. This year I’m recreating my mistake and hopefully channeling Rosemary Verey for some of her talent with containers.
And that’s Tibby the cat, my garden minion…
And a piece of advice when you do this – that’s not clay, it’s a plastic pot. I’ve lost way too many good containers over the years to the freeze and thaw cycle of Northeastern winters. It’s not to be taken lightly. You could try a company like Seibert & Rice – beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, clay pots, but I’ve never had luck with anything labelled frost-proof (and I do need to try theirs since they’re supposed to be uncrackable, but I’m the type of person who chips a manicure in seconds, not a good omen).
And these are photos of a Rosemary Verey pot – photo is taken from Making of a Garden. Great book!
And my contest for the Christopher Lloyd book Succession Planting for Year Round Pleasure runs through Nov. 4th. You need to be an active subscriber and leave a comment on the contest post to be entered.
Thanks as always for reading EG!