Mood: A bit crabby. I don’t know if I’m getting a cold or not.
We had breakfast at Old Country Buffet this morning, and then set about building our balcony garden. This year, we did it the smart way. We drew a diagram of the balcony on graph paper, and diagrammed where we wanted the plants and chairs to be. Then, we did some research on what kind of plants thrive in full sun. I learned that when you have full-sun gardens, it’s best to get plants that are brightly colored. Pastels will look washed out. Did you know that? I sure didn’t.
With our color palette already limited for us, we limited it further to reds, yellows, and purples. Thought that would look nice. Now, what KIND of red, yellow, and purple flowers? We decided on petunias, zinnias, snapdragons, and sunflowers. Off to Lowes, since we used their info on balcony gardens and container gardens to help us plan. We couldn’t find zinnias, but we did find some Celosia (in yellow/orange) to go into the side pots. We also bought some purple verbenia to trail out (hopefully) over the hanging boxes. We bought purple and red petunias, snapdragons, sunflower seeds (since they’ll grow all summer and bloom at summer’s end) and oregano, cilantro, and basil seeds. And two new chairs, so that we can enjoy our paradise.
The only thing we misjudged was the sheer amount of soil we’d need to get the jobs done. We went through two 1 cubic foot bags and two smaller bags of soil. We had to go to Target halfway through the gardening. It rained off and on, but we’re unfortunately used to that now. I took a few snapshots, and will post them on a new garden page shortly.
Planning really DOES pay off! Wish I had learned that before I turned 30.