Tuesday, August 25, 2009

More Plants to Share

I have been busy once again in the yard. Good thing Susan of http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/ is hosting Outdoor Wednesday so I can share what I am accomplishing. Be sure to visit Susan and all her participants and see all the amazing outdoor pictures.
I just want to show you what's on our deck a little closer. Here's a coconut tree I bought from Walmart. I know I will have to take it indoor when it gets cold because it is tropical.
Here are some kind of orchids. I think I will have to take these indoors too in the winter. I might need a green house pretty soon, lol, if I run out of space inside the house to keep all these plants.These orchids and the baby mermaid and small cherub are sitting on our fountain.
John and I went to an estate sale yesterday and bought these 2 cast iron urns. I have been looking for some but they are too expensive in stores and most of the urns that I see aren't even cast iron. I want heavy ones that won't fall when the wind blows hard. Strange but the smaller one is heavier than the taller one.
I transplanted my topiary into the bigger urn. I do not have anything to put in the smaller one yet so I am still shopping around.
I think the topiary is perfect there, don't you think?
I had to show you my 2 pineapple plants. I bought the small one, I believe from Walmart about 2 years ago. It has not grown much but it has a little baby that is starting to grow.
I planted the big one from a fruit that I bought from the grocery. I cut off the top about 1 inch lower and just stuck it in dirt. Then I went to FL. When I got back, I was so surprised to see it this big. We bought a pair of these pedestals from a garden shop in Baton Rouge where we bought the gazebo from. They are really solid and very heavy. I can't move them.
I just love all the details. Luckily, when I showed them to John, he liked them too.
Here is the other one. They are very identical.

This is my next project. Any good ideas of what type of plants I should put in here? It looks pretty bare in spite of me planting all the time. Everytime I buy plants and I plant them here,
they seem to disappear. They are never enough. Maybe I need fuller ones but I do not want any where snakes can hide underneath. Any suggestions? Thanks Susan for hosting another outdoor event. And thank you all for coming by. I always enjoy the company.


Kathleen said...

I love your new urns!
Will the pineapple bear fruit, or does it take years?

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I love all your plants, they are beautiful. You have very nice settings for all of them. You have your work cut out for you down the hill.

Tootsie said...

I had a pineapple that I started that way too!!! I also coaxed a seed to germinate from a pineapple...but it never did get fruit!
Your plants are looking wonderful girl..I hope you have room in your house...it will be starting to look like my jungle soon!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Sweet potato plants are a must for trailing down planters. There are two kinds. Margarite is light yellow green and Blackie is black green. Asparagus fern is light and airy.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Oh, you wanted to know what to plant in the ground beside the pool. Oops, silly me. I though you meant in the tall planters. Never mind.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

The pedastals are amazing and I really like the baby mermaid, so cute.

Cindy J. said...

Christine everything looks so pretty.. You really have a green thumb! I am sorry I don't know about plants for your area.. especially ones that don't hide snakes! Really enjoying watching this process. Love, Cindy

Regina said...

Lovely place!

Kat said...

Love everything you've shown us. I had no idea you could start a pineapple plant that way. Your plant requirements crack me up - nothing that snakes can hide under. You are a girl after my own heart, I made DH remove a huge plant that was near the mailbox when a neighbor told us that snakes loved that particular kind of plant. It took him two weeks - and nope, no snakes! He was NOT happy, but I was lol. Hugs, Kathy

Justine said...

Great patio pics, Christine! I love those urns you found! The topiary is perfect in the large one!

Justine :o )

Anonymous said...

Love the urns and topiary!

Mary Bergfeld said...

I love what you've been able to do with the patio. I love the urns and the way you've used the larger one.
Can you grow lavender in your area. The plants can be trained to grow in mounds and properly spaced you'd be able to see what's around them. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Love your garden and plants! Oh goodness, Christine, I love your home!

Thank lyo for stopping by dear blogging friend! For you kind comments about the photos and my art. I stopped leaving comment replies to others on my comment, but I did so yesterday... so in the event that you don't go back, cuz i don't usually... just want to tell you thank you here.

I also said as well-traveled as you are, you probably did go to the same beach on Roatan Island as my daughter haha

and... funny that you noticed the matching swimsuits...I had to sew our younger daughter's teeny weeny bikini when she was a baby :o)

Blessings & Aloha!

Brenda Pruitt said...

Those are wonderful urns! Maybe plant some hydrangeas there?

Rue said...

Hi Christine :)

I can't believe you grew a pineapple plant! How neat :)

Beautiful urns and planters!


susan said...

Christine-You found some beautiful things!! I can't believe the plant is from a real pineapple--will you bring it inside this winter? You can't have Ahmed if come to your town-yours is gorgeous already! Send him to me. Your spot looks shady--have you thought about putting hostas there. They are relatively inexpensive perenniels that would cover it well.

Shelia said...

Hi Christine! What beautiful plants! I've never seen a pineapple plant - very lovely. I just looking at your home and gardens. I'm sure you've enjoyed your pool.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

SmilingSally said...

I love those little bike planters.

The buffalo is more than 10 feet tall!

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

Christine, I am so in love with your baby mermaid! Thats beautiful!

Tales from Bloggeritaville

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What beautiful plants you have! How exciting to have a baby pineapple!

Thanks for your comments on my tablescape, please come back Friday to see my rooster tablescapes!


Unknown said...

Wow have you ever been busy. Yes those orchids will need some protection in the winter. Depending on the temps there, you may be able to set in your garage.
Everything is looking great.
Happy Twirls

Joan@anythinsggoeshere said...

You have a very green thumb. Your plants all look so great. How about some ground cover type plants in that space you want to fill.

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