Rain, Rain. More Rain Rain

This container is filled with plants that prefer or tolerate partial shade.
My rain gauge sprung a leak so I don't know how much we've actually gotten in my own personal gardfen over the past month. The bottom of the wren house has warped and is threatening to separate from the rest of it. I'm able to grow shade-loving plants in full sun, and I'm pretty sure some of the bulbs I planted are drowning.
Mama wren isn't concerned as the bottom of the house begins to warp.


According to the Weather Underground, we 6.97 inches of rain between May 1 and today, June 13, with more than 2.5 inches in the past 13 days. The total precipitation for the same period last year was 5.6". In 2013, we had 6.3", and in 2012, just 3.2". (sometimes I just love statistics, just for the sheer hell of it.)

A few things I should keep in mind when the moisture as if it will never go away:

  • Potted plants have had many of their nutrients washed out and will need more.
  • The shade-loving plants in pots will have to be moved to a shady location.
  • I'll be sure to have some good topsoil on hand for places that might actually have washed out.

This container is a mixture of both sun and shade-loving plants. They're all doing fine in a spot that gets three hours of sun each day. I'm especially concerned about my Ti plant getting burned when the weather turns hot and dry.

I've fed all of my containers with Osmocote, a slow-release fertilizer that is heat activated. As soon as the soil dries out in my containers, I'll be giving them a dose of water-soluble fertilizer like Monty's Plant Food.

As I walk outside today and feel like someone's hurled a bucket of hot water on me, I have to remember that last night we enjoyed sitting on the patio in fleece jackets. As they say, "It's not the heat. It's the humidity!"

I should know better than to think that my plant purchase period has ended just because the ideal planting time is waning just a little bit more each day. How could I have missed these beauties the last time I was at Johnson's Farm Stand in Hobart, IN?

I have to watch myself so I don't always choose plants with multicolored leaves or flowers. Putting them together in one pot can have a somewhat nauseating effect. But as soon as I saw the silver/purple/pink leaves of Begonia Jurassic 'Silver Swirl', I knew I'd find a place for it. But wait! What is that little Begonia with double flowers in the palest of pink edged with a darker peach picotee on jagged petal edges? I found only two pots of Begonia 'Janny Fringed' and snatched up both of them. To balance the bi-color combo, I added an Artemisia called 'Parfum D'Ethiopia', a variety that is fragrant and should have foliage all the way down on the stem. 


I tend to pick plants for a mixed container by the color and texture of each plant. I've found that, like me, plants also dance on the edge of constraints. I err on the side of too little sun, which becomes obvious when the flowers aren't as amenable. And that's what's so cool about container gardening. You can always move, twirl or shade them as long as you can move them!




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