Cherry Ong gave us just a tiny tease of her containers in the comments on Friday–little did you all know, she sent me in a whole big batch of photos, so I'm sharing them today! She says, "Jeff's photos on Friday brought me to another place so went to look back at last year's garden photos. I sent some of Sylvia's (Cheng of Richmond, BC) backyard garden that we did a DIY makeover several years back. Well, last year, I came and we did up all her containers as usual and she also wanted to makeover her frontyard island. Here are some photos of the containers during the early fall shortly before takedown. The last few photos are the before and after photos of the island makeover in the summer. I think Sylvia has done a wonderful job of taking care of her containers and gardens and thought that I would share it with you. We can all look forward to summer like we did with Jeff's photos on Friday.
If you look closely at one of the photos, her frontyard bed by the window and front door is covered. The bed was infected by goutweed so Sylvia is attempting the solarization method to eradicate the weed. A friend gave her some bugbane and little did they know that the goutweed had also hitched a ride with it. If all goes well, we hope to do another DIY project this year. Any suggestions folks?
For containers, Sylvia calls me around spring time (usually in May) and I try to scout around for what's on sale and reasonably priced. We save up our perennials and switch them around in containers. We shop for annuals to add to containers in a corner grocery in our area where they have bargain prices. The key is to shop on the first day that the plants arrive to get the best selection. Funny thing when we shop is that Sylvia will tell me what she doesn't like; for example, marigolds. Well, last year, they had a huge selection of marigolds so I ended up getting those and she says that she never thought she would like them but she did. I must admit I have been naughty and making a habit out of trying out the plants that she doesn't particularly like…So call me crazy!
I am curious know the GPODers plans for their spring and summer gardens this year. It's proved to be a great way to learn to garden… even long distance." Cherry, you definitely have a distinctive style, and I, for one, LOVE it! I could spot an Ong-designed container at 50 yards…. Gorgeous. That bed is wonderful, too! Can you come to my house next??
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