Basket Case

For a fantastic tutorial on how to make your own Hanging Flower Baskets for Spring and Summer, follow the link below:

DIY Hanging Flower Baskets

Spring fever has hit me! I woke up and all I wanted to do was play with flowers. There were other things, of course, I should be doing,\: cleaning house, laundry, planting vegetables, etc. But flowers! I want flowers! “Want” always beats out “should” in every competition, which is how I found myself at my favorite local garden center.

I knew what I wanted to get accomplished: A mother’s day hanging basket for my mom and MM’s mom, and 3 for me. So in my head I figured on about 25-30 plants and some coco basket refills. Usually I come with a bit more focused plan that includes a written list of about how many verbenas, calibrachoas, fuscias, etc. I don’t know what came over me today, but i just started grabbing what looked pretty from the “basket stuffers” aisle. A little of this, a little of that, no theme colors, just whatever was withing reach. In about 10 minutes, my cart looked like this:


It may be time to head home…. Since the backyard is under construction, I decided to get the foldy table out and work in the sunny front yard.


Step 1 organize! I like to put them together by breed and how they grow: trailing, clumping, or upright.


Now what goes in which basket?? Again, I was feeling very random today so I just grabbed a basket and started putting stuff in it. Red, purple, yellow, orange, white, it didn’t matter to me today! I was just happy for flowers! Sometime the most random combinations can be the most beautiful… or so I hope.


My big basket always gets an array of calibrachoa (million bells). I bought too many to put in the top so I cut holes in the sides and stuffed them there too! I’ve seen posts on Pinterest for this but I’ve never tried it. Yay experiments!


I always like to mix the potting soil with some quality locally made compost.


The one part I did slow down for was placement. That is important. For more on this, picking the right flowers, and care, check out this link:

DIY Hanging Flower Baskets

For now, they will have a nice home on the ground in the unused part of the veggie garden where they can get a ton of sun and rain before they are moved to their permanent partially shaded and covered home under our front oning.


Anyone else playing with flowers yet?Β 

How do you cool down your Spring fever?

28 thoughts on “Basket Case

  1. I’m starting to get itchy fingers and want to get planting etc. Problem, I’m not really into gardening, I want a lovely garden but I don’t want to put the work in. Well sometimes I get in the mood but then i get lazy. We’re just completing putting a new fence up which is already looking lovely and it has encouraged me to sort out some other bits in our garden Also the lovely weather we’ve had this week also inspires me. Just need more money…

    Thanks for sharing. Over from Idea box blog party πŸ™‚

    • I hear ya, gardening is not cheap! I hope you do some planting though. Succulents are always a nice, easy, and hard to kill. I have a few pretty pots outdoors. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. We built raised beds! Can’t take them weeds anymore! No sooner you weed out the vegetable patch and there back! I got tons of stump grindings so there gonna go over some cardboard and smother anything trying to get through! Daffodils are up looks and feels like spring 😊

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  15. thanks for the tutorial ;o) I always buy my hanging baskets and have never tried to make them myself. We do window boxes so I’m thinking they are pretty much the same, but I’ve just never had the courage to try the baskets. Thanks for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine’s Corner. Hope to see you again this week! Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

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