My first Christmas gift is already delivered. Last week, I drove to my hometown in Alamance County and re-planted my friend Imogene’s pots.
Snapdragons, Dianthus and violas will bring months of blooms to her patio garden. In spring (for her birthday) I’ll pull out these winter annuals and replant for spring, summer and fall.
Imogene has been my special friend since I was 13. She helped me celebrate my marriage, my first home, my first garden. When I was a beginning gardener, she was an important teacher. Many of my first plants came from her.
Giving back makes me feel good, and honors our long, long friendship. The patio garden is something she enjoys everyday.
So if you know an older gardener who doesn’t get around as well as they used to, consider a well-placed pot display. It’s a gift that lasts and last.
There are 12 pots of all sizes in Imogene’s patio garden. Every other year, I change the potting mix. I use slow-release fertilizer and a combination of 4-5 different plant varieties–about a flat and half or two flats of annuals. For fun, I change the color scheme every season.
Tall spiky plants do well in the elevated end pots. This is a large evergreen Carex–a great find from the Campbell Road Nursery perennial sale. I bought my hardy annuals there as well. They have a good selection of healthy plants for NC gardens. I know they’ll do well for my old, old friend.