I had plans for the vegetable garden today…. the weather however, had different ones. In typical Northwest fashion the day seems to toggle between sun bursts and black clouds filled with rain and hail. I really, really wanted to plant my cucumbers, carrots, zucchini, and perhaps some herbs today but after standing around staring at the saturated ground, I couldn’t bring myself to plant anything.
With my plans for the morning dashed into hopelessness, I needed to find a way to salvage my itchy green thumb. So I decided to get the annuals together for Grandma Bev’s garden. Grandma Bev was MM’s sweet, lovely grandmother who we lost to a stroke a little over a year ago. After passing she, as so many of our grandmothers do, had a great deal of odds and ends that needed good homes. These included some adorable flower pots and garden art. Pinks and pastels are typically not what I go for in my choice of flowers, but it’s definitely what Bev loved. So for one corner of my gardening world, it is dedicated to her.
I wanted to expand and add to Grandma Bev’s nook in the front of our house during the summer so yesterday I decided to add a few more pots or things that could double as pots to the mix. I went to my nearby vintage store, the Queen’s Ransom, in search of treasure and came home with these:
These were each $2, again score!! I’m totally going back! Really cool stuff!
They also had these simple wooden crates for cheap. I’ve always wanted to do something with one of these, why not a planter? I decided to paint it in pastels to work with Bev’s style. It looks pretty 80’s if you ask me but once I put flowers in it, I’m kinda really loving it!
I think I might go buy another one it makes me smile so much….
Today I wandered off to Freddy’s to see what they had in the reawakened outdoor gardening section. In typical me fashion, I got a little of everything and probably more than I should have…. When I looked down and saw I filled the cart I figured it was time to stop and run home before I did any more damage to my financial statis. I am a terror at spending when it comes to plants. All bets are off!
The cool thing about choosing flowers for Grandma Bev is that it’s a lot less limiting than my picky and particular tastes. I soon realized I had picked up just about every classic annual out there. Then I thought to myself, this might be a nice post idea to share some of my thoughts on annual flowers and why I plant them. So here we go!
Why plant annuals?
- They’re friking beautiful! Duh! You can’t beat the color and variety of annuals.
- They have lots of flowers and can flower for most of the spring and summer. So you can pretty much have a rainbow of bright beautiful blooms during the warmer part of the year.
- Great plants for beginner gardeners. They’re kind of like the next level up from house plants in my opinion. If you can grow houseplants, try annuals. If you can do that well, maybe it’s time to challenge yourself with vegetables and such.
- They like it simple: typically flowering annuals want part sun, grow great straight in the ground or in potting soil, don’t need to be fertilized very often. It doesn’t hurt to fertlize though. I usually do once a week.
- They’ll let you know when they need help. Annuals are pretty fragile plants so when they’re thirsty, hungry, need more light, etc. They’ll tell you in the form of drooping. This is a really nice feature for those of us that can be a little forgetful particularly when it comes to watering.
- Got kids? Planting annuals is a fantastic way to teach your children about plants and plant care. That’s how I learned. My mom, sister, and I would plant primroses, geraniums, and marigolds all over the house.
- When they’re done, you’re done. Since they don’t come back, after the frost, just let them die off. You don’t have to do anything else!
My favorite annuals:
Marigolds hold a special place in my heart. This was gardening 101 when I was little. Mom taught me how to properly plant flowers using marigolds. We would plant them all along the front walk way to our house. They come in vibrant hues of red, orange, and yellow. They will keep on flowering until the first frosts. Be careful though, the slugs LOVE these so make sure you are using slug bait if they’re close to the ground.
Well of course I’d pick these, I’m addicted to dahlias. I love everything about them. In mini version, well that’s just fantastic!
The fuzzy flower. These are so weird and pretty. They come in spikes and crests generally in hues variying from deep red to sunshine yellow. Not only do you get a variety in the color of blooms but also in the leaves!
Daisy like flowers in tones of purple that are more on the blue side than the red. I love the vibrance of these beauties. They also come in perennial varieties.
Pinks, red, whites, and combos of these colors all on a single plant! Their round little flowers remind me of coins for some reason… I don’t know, I’m weird.
Tall lanky and frail, yet we love them. It might be the name. It might be the weird goofy leaves, Probably it’s the pale perfection of their fragile petals. Sigh.
My new favorite trailer! They look like a string of green pearls! So pretty! A great complimentary splash of green to go with all these colorful flowers.
Tall, strong, proud. Little poofs of pink, red, or white flowers at the top. This one is a classic! Sorry, only greery for these little guys. I bought the babies, they were so cheap!
The colors these flowers produce can be soft and subtle or bold and bright and everything in between. I decided to get one of each!
A great filler for everything! I use them in my beds, pots, and hanging baskets. Some are trailing, some are mounding. Generally colors range from white to deep purply blue. These dainty little flowers can do amazing things to the dynamic of your flower scheme.
Another filler with teeny tiny flowers in white or purple. Perfect for any corner that needs a little something.
As you can see, I bought a ton of flowers today. I think I went a bit over board but I’m happy with the results:
Of course, I still have a bunch left over! Looks like I’m going to have to get more pots!
What are your favorite annual flowers?