Tag Archive | annual

Door County Flowers

I can’t say enough about the beauty of Door County, Wisconsin! On top of all the nature-made stuff to ogle over, the humans do a pretty good job with the flowers. If you’re not familiar with Door County, it is a small peninsula with Lake Michigan on one side and Green Bay on the other. There are many little towns along the two main highways on each side. Many have no more than a post office, a gift shop and a bar… ya-know,  just the essentials! Ha!

Other towns really sold to the tourists. We like to visit these towns during the first few (week)days to avoid the crowds. Granted, there’s really not that many folks here. There’s no McDonald’s (no ‘chains’ of any type), amusement parks, movie theaters, water slides… Just small town charm.

 

     

This first pot looks just like mine 🙂 Good taste!!

      

Love the mix of sedum, succulents and annual flowers

Pelicans!

Pelicans!

      

Goats on the roof!

We found another plant kaleidoscope! I really want my hubby to make me one.

Even the Post Office was planted to the nines.

Wool RV birdhouse. Very Cute!

          

This spruce is a cell tower! How’s that for a disguise?!? I wish more could be made to look like trees.

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Annual Pots

Forgive me, I’m a bit late in posting these. I hope you’ve gotten out already and planted your pots. However, now’s the time for great sales and if you’re not picky and have an open mind, many things will look awesome together.

Be sure your container / pot is very clean to start the season with. A good, stiff brush dipped in a 10% bleach solution will do the trick. This will kill off any of the nasties waiting to infect your flowers. This cleaning should take you through the season also. No need to disinfect after each season change. (Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter)

You don’t need to remember a bunch of annual names. The only thing you need remember for a well-presented display is: Thriller, Filler & Spiller! The Thriller is that one large plant that is generally in the center and taller than the rest. Filler are those mid-range sized plants, often of ‘fatter or fuller’ stature. Spiller is just that, plants that hang over the edge of the pot.

Here’s where your imagination needs to run free through the flowers. In many of the containers below, the photos are of the plants after there has been a bit of growth put on them. You can also get instant height from a trellised plant such as a mandevilla, jasmine or other vine. However, take a look at mine this year on the left. I decided to go with a non-instant gratification pot, so-to-speak. The rear plant is an orange canna that will reach a height of about 3 feet, so just past the window frame. By that time, the ivy and geraniums will gave ‘spillered-out’ and hang to the ground. Annuals grow extremely fast and this pot will look fab in just a couple of weeks. I’ll link a future photo here.

Another tip ~ Flowering can be increased if the plants are kept on the drier side. This takes a bit of skill, as you don’t want them to dry-out, but keep them on the brink of drying. Why?!? Because. Think of it this way. If you’re kept all fat and happy without doing anything, why not just enjoy the hand-outs? (can you say ‘vegetative growth’? Haha!) Just like some of the folks living off us tax-payers, yet they have nicer stuff than me. =-( However, if you need to work for everything you’re getting, you fight to survive and multiplying is surviving in a plants eyes. Thus, more blooms = more seeds. Boom.

 

  

   

I hope these have inspired you! Here’s some from last year… BONUS!!

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Spring Annual Flower Containers

Happy Spring!

This season started off fun! I was able to go out an plant pots with my coworkers. We had beautiful weather to work in on top of it =-)

Be sure your container / pot is very clean to start the season. A good, stiff brush dipped in a 10% bleach solution will do the trick. This will kill off any of the nasties waiting to infect your flowers. This cleaning should take you through the season also. No need to disinfect after each season change. (Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter)

Spring flowers such as; Petunias, tulips, hyacinths, primrose, cyclamen, stock, hydrangea, muscari, snap dragons, ranunculus, helleborus, viola, ivy and diacia are just a few cool weather choices.

Give your display a bit of height with pussy willow or forsythia branches. If cut at the right time (pretty much right before placing in display) they will also bloom, adding to the WOW factor.

These flowers will last until the weather turns hot & then it’s time to switch over to your summer display.

You don’t need to remember a bunch of annual names. The only thing you need remember for a well-presented display is: Thriller, Filler & Spiller! The Thriller is that one large plant that is generally in the center and taller than the rest. Filler are those mid-range sized plants, often of ‘fatter or fuller’ stature. Spiller is just that, plants that hang over the edge of the pot.

Just like autumn pots, these don’t grow any larger than they are now. So design accordingly.

Here are some Spring displays from 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013.

    

     

     

     

     

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Annual Containers 2016

It’s time again for summer annual flower containers… YEAH! Like I’ve said before, I love working with these fleeting beauties and any time I get to spend with them is a blessing. Since having to fire the last girl that was to have ‘annual sorting’ on her job description, I now must pick-up the slack. I need to be pitied.. (sarcasm).

My coworker is not only a fabulous pot designer, she is awesome fun to work with! There aren’t many folks I can say I’ve enjoyed working with. I work with them because that’s what I have to do, not because I enjoy it.

I didn’t formerly train or take a class on annuals before working here, so I had to be a quick study and read tags as I unloaded them. My first year here was being my co-worker’s assistant, so I could learn her job and our client’s homes before learning my position. I learned to sort the flowers by following her ‘recipes’. Granted, if it was that easy to do, anyone able to read could do it. The fun begins when she may have had to substitute something during the order, we had to refuse something for quality issues, or a client suddenly has an aversion to a certain color after specifically asking for it (Gaaaa!).  This is when you need to know the growth habits and light needs of all the plants. When I’m out of an ingredient, I need to be able to find a sub on the fly, with what I have available. I find this type of pressure wicked, awesome fun! Kinda like a turn-on 😉

There is so much pressure on “The Shore” to be the first ones on the block planted. I’m shocked there hasn’t been a reality show with this area as the location. Homes here are typically in the millions, with Lake Michigan as their backdrop. Many movies were made here including, Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off among many more John Hughes films.

image

My humble pot design.

Enough with the chit-chat, let’s get into the fun stuff!! Let’s start with some basics a few of you may have forgotten about over the long winter….

Be sure your container / pot is very clean to start the season with. A good, stiff brush dipped in a 10% bleach solution will do the trick. This will kill off any of the nasties waiting to infect your flowers. This cleaning should take you through the season also. No need to disinfect after each season change. (Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter)

You don’t need to remember a bunch of annual names. The only thing you need remember for a well-presented display is: Thriller, Filler & Spiller! The Thriller is that one large plant that is generally in the center and taller than the rest. Filler are those mid-range sized plants, often of ‘fatter or fuller’ stature. Spiller is just that, plants that hang over the edge of the pot.

Here’s where your imagination needs to run free through the flowers. In many of the containers below, the photos are of the plants after there has been a bit of growth put on them. You can also get instant height from a trellised plant such as a mandevilla, jasmine or other vine. However, take a look at mine this year on the left. I decided to go with a non-instant gratification pot, so-to-speak. The rear plant is an orange canna that will reach a height of about 3 feet, so just past the window frame. By that time, the ivy and geraniums will gave ‘spillered-out’ and hang to the ground. Annuals grow extremely fast and this pot will look fab in just a couple of weeks. I’ll link a future photo here.

Another tip ~ Flowering can be increased if the plants are kept on the drier side. This takes a bit of skill, as you don’t want them to dry-out, but keep them on the brink of drying. Why?!? Because. Think of it this way. If you’re kept all fat and happy without doing anything, why not just enjoy the hand-outs? (can you say ‘vegetative growth’? Haha!) Just like some of the folks living off us tax-payers, yet they have nicer stuff than me. =-( However, if you need to work for everything you’re getting, you fight to survive and multiplying is surviving in a plants eyes. Thus, more blooms = more seeds. Boom.

DSC_0722 earth pics 162 IMG_0691IMG_0475 IMG_0490 IMG_0508 IMG_0636  IMG_0829 IMG_1144 IMG_1292 IMG_1377 IMG_1758IMG_1685

PS ~ Here are some links to past annual displays. 2013 ~ 2014 ~ 2015.

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Spring Annual Flowers for Containers!

DSC_0376DSC_0380
Untitled
DSC_0435DSC_0373Be sure your container / pot is very clean to start the season. A good, stiff brush dipped in a 10% bleach solution will do the trick. This will kill off any of the nasties waiting to infect your flowers. This cleaning should take you through the season also. No need to disinfect after each season change. (Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter)

Spring flowers such as; Petunias, tulips, hyacinths, primrose, cyclamen, hydrangea, muscari, snap dragons, ranunculus, helleborus, viola, ivy and diacia are just a few cool weather choices.

Give your display a bit of height with pussy willow or forsythia branches. If cut at the right time (pretty much right before placing in display) they will also bloom, adding to the WOW factor.

These flowers will last until the weather turns hot & then it’s time to switch over to your summer display.

You don’t need to remember a bunch of annual names. The only thing you need remember for a well-presented display is: Thriller, Filler & Spiller! The Thriller is that one large plant that is generally in the center and taller than the rest. Filler are those mid-range sized plants, often of ‘fatter or fuller’ stature. Spiller is just that, plants that hang over the edge of the pot.

Here are some Spring displays from 2014 & 2013.

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl

Summer Annual Containers 2014

I so enjoy our seasonal flower displays, summer being the most colorful, I think! They are always magical. Our maintenance manager comes up with many of these beautiful designs. She is so talented!!

Our first wave of annuals came on the day after winter precipitation day.. Although we did snug them up for the evening..

wpid-20140516_104700.jpg

These came later. Oh so smelly. Sadly, I don’t get time to play with the flowers any more. I’m too busy with quotes, filing permits and the dreary runnings-on of a small office and a person who wears too many hats and hates Excel. A N Y W A Y …

I would kill for her job…. Mua-ha-ha-ha!

Enjoy the photos!!

wpid-20140527_125536.jpg

Iwpid-20140527_125510.jpg wpid-20140527_125525.jpg

IMG_0689

IMG_0491

IMG_0474

IMG_0949

IMG_1063

IMG_1143

IMG_1585 IMG_1686

IMG_1706

 

A Day in the Life of Me…

image

image

This is what I get to do for the next few weeks… Sort ANNUAL FLOWERS.
I get a list of “recipes”  for each clients pots and beds.  Then I go gathering.  It’s actually pretty relaxing to me.  My coworker then goes and plants them. I used to get to go play, but not anymore.  😦 I’m just too important in the office…  sigh.
Here’s some we did last year.

image

image

image

image

Enjoy the day & keep on planting!
© Ilex Farrell – Midwestern Plant Girl