By Kim Charles

I love anything blue and this was one of my favorite containers this year .  


Cherry Ong has used unusual containers to enhance her well designed miniature gardens.

"A summer garden is always a cherished garden!

It's always a busy season too as with spring but it is nice to look back and reminisce about it during the colder months. I know the summer passes too quickly for me and I savour all the days till the first frost.

I lucked out this year and scored some amazing planters on Craigslist. I also took the plunge this year and tried my planting a wider variety of succulents. I wish we had more exotic kinds available in the local nurseries here - I see so many interesting varieties especially from the US Southern gardens. I'm going to try to overwinter a significant number of them this year.  Wish me luck!"

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My Agave Ovatifolia Frosty Blue that I've had for several years planted in with Dichondra Silver Falls and accessorized with slag glass. I picked up the slag glass as memorabilia from my visit to Ganna Walska Lotusland.  I'm going to try to overwinter him in a drier area this year unlike the previous years. I really wish I had a greenhouse.

This is the largest succulent container I have ever planted.  I was so thrilled to have sourced this square cast iron urn on Craigslist. It seems that succulents love metal containers as they thrive in them during the summer months here.

Say hello to Inky, Blinky and Clyde, my fun tentacle pots. Tentacle pots are frostproof ceramic handmade pottery created by the talented Diana Moulds of Tentacle Arts. I received one as a gift last year and I was hooked instantly.

My first ever nonhardy succulent moss hanging basket.   Not sure if I'll do this again next year.


Slowly but sure this little Wissel's Sagauro false cyrpress has grown more this summer season.

I faithfully plant up spilling annuals in these rusty hangers year after year. The iron baskets were Mother's Day's gifts over the years which I cherish.

Another first this year was growing Melianthus major. She didn't disappoint!  I'm waiting to see whether she'll survive the winter. Hope so. The glass teardrop is a gift from a sweet girlfriend. It's a creation of Maya Radoczy, a Seattle artist.


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