In case y’all didn’t know, I have more projects and things that I need to do than I can shake a stick at.
Back to the projects.
Let’s take them one at a time.
Last year I purchased two half whiskey barrels. I had every intention of planting blueberry bushes in them. The plants I wanted were back-ordered. I’ve since decided that they wouldn’t have made the winter in those barrels, because they wouldn’t have stayed warm enough. So, long story short, those barrels sat dormant all last year. They were however in their current locations. I need some height in my landscape, which is one of the reasons I chose the barrels- but not being able to put a perennial or some sort of evergreen in it due to my fear of the roots freezing off in these brutal winters had me confounded until last week when I had a moment of inspiration.
Zach filled them with compost out of an old manure pile.
I have a couple cool pieces of driftwood. Must find more. Stat. Luckily I live near a river.
Messy. Gardening is messy. Very messy.
My solution to the problem: Purple Fountain Grass. It’s one of my favorite ornamental grasses. I love ornamental grasses! This grass turns really dark in the fall and grows to about 36 inches in height.
Part two: Petunias. One of my summer favorites. I opted for white and purple flowers.
These flowers were big and healthy so I opted to separate them.
And then placed them on opposite sides of the grass
I alternated the white and purple flowers, watered well and then mulched with some Western Red Cedar.
Here’s the finished product. Both barrels.
And my second piece of really cool driftwood:
I might have gone crazy with the after pictures. I’d say I’m sorry. But I’m not really. I think it took me about an hour total to do both barrels, in case any of you were wondering. I didn’t take the after photos until a couple hours after I’d planted the flowers- because I wanted to get a good watering in on the new plantings and have the flower get all bright and perky again, so it was easier to mulch. Do any of you have garden plans this year?