I am not that great at plants. Especially ones that aren’t planted directly into the ground. In fact, there’s a large probability that they will croak inside of just a few weeks in my presence (I seem to have a Medusa-like-effect on potted plants – they turn brown within hours of my glancing at them). So it should be no surprise to anyone that a free container gardening event at my local Orange would wind up like this on my ride home:
Yep. That, my friends, is what I like to call “an afternoon of cancelled plans”. Also known as, “well, shit.”
Thank God for shop vacs. And for a good set of brakes (as you might imagine, a container full of moisture-rich, plan-ruining soil doesn’t voluntarily get pushed over; it falls over in a car when the driver has reason to slam on her brakes to avoid the idiot in front of her).
After everything was cleaned up, I did manage to salvage my new plants and re-practice the tips I learned at the event (for instance, “spiller” plants – the kind that grow & hang down to spill over the container – can be planted at an angle to help them do their thing a bit faster.
They now have a new home to make my front door look a little more inviting.
Tip: if you ever see garden events going on at your local home improvement store, take them up on it; you’ll usually walk away with a take-home container or free shrub to plant in your yard, which is an easy way to start your seasonal planting without costing you a dime! This one was hosted by Southern Living Plants & they had a small class to teach us a few tips on how to plant a container garden. It’s perfect for black thumbs like me who don’t have the funds to purchase and kill everything they (try to) grow.
Hopefully I can keep things growing this summer, but if I don’t, I at least have a large pot to decorate and re-plant. The greens on either side (the smaller leaves you see in the picture) are supposed to spill over the edge of the container, which I’m really looking forward to seeing.
Do anything fun this weekend?
P.S. This wasn’t at all a sponsored event; just something fun to do in the area. Usually, these types of things are posted on the improvement store’s events page if you’re interested in finding them!