Category Archives: Container Gardening

soggy days…

(If you click the image, you can see it full size. Playing with the panorama setting on my phone a month or so ago…) I was going to go out and snap some photos of the garden on Tuesday, then on Wednesday, then on Thursday, and then on Friday, and then this morning, but it’s […]


When I started gardening a few years ago, it was sort of like a mad scientist’s lab. I pretty much planted anything and everything, despite zone issues, soil and hydration requirements, sun vs. shade, etc. I had no idea what I was doing, so I did whatever I wanted. That first summer was a doozy. Most […]

summertime blahs

Despite the blue skies in the photo above, the weather here in Southwest Florida has been DREADFUL this week. I always tell people that “summer” is our version of “winter” because it’s a whole lot of extreme temperatures (very hot, as opposed to cold, but some of the plants are just as sensitive to it), dark […]

gardening and creativity

  After a very slow week in the garden in which I basically spent all my time poking around, yanking mushrooms, repotting plants with drenched soil, and pruning away dead leaves (oh, summer- you can be brutal on the poor plants!) I read this and it reminded me again why I garden: “Gardening is a […]

snapshots from around the garden – June, 2014

We had a huge thunderstorm yesterday afternoon and so I didn’t have to water the plants this morning. I used the time to walk around the lanai and take some photos of the garden. View from the far side of the lanai…   Canna about to bloom. Love love love the blossoms on these plants. […]

Panaeolus Foenisecii, Toxicodendron Radicans, and Rosa Madame A. Meilland

It appears as if my main role in the garden this summer will be removing mushrooms from the containers. This week I removed about 200 mushrooms (and I’m actually not exaggerating) from my various planters/pots/containers. Some of them pop up just after the rain, but sometimes I’ll just go out there when it’s been dry […]

new in my garden: succulents and plumeria

My birthday succulents arrived (ordered from here) and there was a nice variety, and they were all healthy  despite very rough handling of the box. Of course, they arrived RIGHT before a few days of endless rain, so thank goodness I kept them under the roof line and didn’t water them much. The last time […]

from seed to bloom – Disco Belle Hibiscus

Sometime in the winter I planted yet another hibiscus seed (Disco Belle from Park). I wasn’t expecting it to grow, because I had tried growing hibiscus from seed before and the seeds never sprouted- there were only ten or so in the packet and every time I planted one something would happen (rain, cold snap, […]

pre-summer cleanup

All month I have been getting ready for summer in the garden. The plants are putting out a HUGE show, but the issue is that if I don’t prune them way back now, they won’t survive the summer. It’s better to cut them back quite a bit and allow the new, young greenery to hog […]

Purple Spotted Phalaenopsis (yay for new orchids!)

For Mother’s Day, Tom got me a new orchid – I think it’s a Purple Splotched Phalaenopsis. I’ve been wanting one of these for a while- the coloring on the petals remind me of watercolor- just *so* beautiful. Hopefully, this guy will do well with us.

here comes the sun…

  It’s SUMMER here in Southwest Florida- no “if”s, “and”s, or “but”s about it. The sun is blazing and bright, the plants need water at least once a day, and the heat-sensitive plants are beginning to shut down. I’ve been doing a ton of repotting- basically removing the plants before they get too dead (I’ve learned […]

little surprises

Just when I think the garden can’t surprise me, just when I’m sure that I’m aware of EVERY inch of everything happening with every single plant out there, there was a big, sunny rose peeking out from behind the pentas on the side of the house this morning. I had no idea the rose was even […]

rambling about edibles…

If you’ve been reading Sprout for a while, you probably know that my garden is really centered around flowers. I actually started the garden with every intention of  it being a vegetable garden, but after the first few harvests, I realized that a container garden is not the best place for growing certain foods. For […]

musings on an established container garden…

One *not* so good thing about having an “established” container garden (meaning a garden of mature/established plants primarily in containers) is that there comes a time when there’s not so much novelty. On one hand, I LOVE my garden as it is. I know every plant in it (there are over 100+ at this point) […]

In Bloom

We had another big storm this week, but luckily nothing got damaged. Some of the plants got knocked around a bit, but nothing overwhelming. A few things bloomed this week: The yellow canna seed I planted late last summer, (or at least I *think* it was late last summer). I was surprised to see how […]

early April in the garden

Just a few photos from around the garden with my new iPhone. It has a completely updated camera on it with all sorts of light sensors and such… I know it’s still just a phone camera, but I think it did a lot better taking photos in BRIGHT sunlight than my other phone did. The […]


I’m no orchid expert, but I have a little collection of them and three of them recently began to bloom at the same time. I usually leave them outside in the garden, but when they bloom, we bring them in so we can really enjoy them. My husband, Tom, was lovely enough to snap some […]

Instagrams from the garden

Instagrams from the garden this week. For those not in the know, Instagram is an iPhone application that adds nostalgia-esque filters to photos. I am sort of addicted to it simply because it makes photos look more like I *see* them. Does that make sense? This is inside the house, but it is an orchid […]

as the garden turns…

We had a crazy, out-of-nowhere, summer-variety storm hit us on Thursday. It was good on one hand because it meant the plants got extra water, but it reminded me that spring is going to evolve into summer fairly soon and I need to enjoy this cooler weather before it turns into steamy brutal heat. Before […]

pruning, fertilizing, and plumeria weirdness

This week was all about PRUNING. My gosh, I forgot how much plants will grow in the spring months in Florida. Every day I had big piles of clipped leaves and branches and spent flowers all over the place. Oh, and I fertilized today. Big job, which I kinda hate. But then I am so […]