Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ready to Plant Garden Containers

Planting in garden containers is simple and fun.  Here I used a vintage wrought iron chair, that should have an upholstered seat.  I searched for a container that was 15 inches square at the top for an insert.
Salterini chairs without seats.
 Plastic pots from the orange home store.
 I removed the drainage plugs, but saved them.
 Because the planter was so deep, and I didn't want the container to become too heavy, I added some bubble wrap layers to take up space at the bottom.
Containers filled with planting soil.
First in was the potato vine.  Hopefully it will grow and grow and cover the bottom of the container.
 Next I added Geraniums,  a  New Guinea Impatiens, and a white fluffy thing.
Because squirrels keep digging in my containers, I took my daughter's advice and tried sprinkling in some chili powder.
 I placed the three chairs around the garden in shady spots.

All in all I was happy with this project and look forward to taking photos of the chair planters when the plants grow in.  Maybe I'll add others as the seasons change.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Martin Viette Nurseries a Place for Gardeners

 A place for all gardeners is the fabulous Martin Viette Nurseries in East Norwich, Long Island.
Viette's is a gigantic nursery that has the top of the line plantings and garden accessories.  This roadside garden center is Strictly North Shore Gold Coast all the way!
 Hard to believe that this much land in Nassau county can still be undeveloped.  Thank heaven!
They carry every imaginable terra cotta plant container,
fiberglass pots,
 stone fountains,
 stone urns,
in such abundance that it is almost too much to look at.
There are flats of flowers,
 hanging baskets.

and funky furniture.
 But the bottom line is,  that they carry unusual nursery stock, as in this unique Red Bud Tree.
Of all the plants there, this was my favorite.  I am so glad that someone finally figured out how to make a pendulous Red Bud.  They are a better bet than cherry trees because they are not susceptible to bugs and disease, and are of a similar color and blooming time.
Here are two large Camellias that will survive on Long Island.

 Ideas for plant combinations for containers.
There is a very extensive indoor shop.

Here is a Southern Magnolia in a huge wooden container, ready to be planted by this nursery in your garden.
I was sorry to leave, but I will be back when I figure out where to dig a hole for that special Red Bud tree!  

Martin Viette Nurseries
6050 Northern Blvd/25A
P.O. Box 10
East Norwich, NY 11732