I'm not a gardener. I get tired of it quickly and I don't really enjoy it. But I also get tired of my yard looking bare and lonely when Spring hits and everyone else's yards are in bloom. Since last year I failed miserably at outside domestication (gardening), I decided to go smaller and simpler- allowing myself to dabble and practice a tiny bit, without feeling like I have a ton to take care of.
So yesterday, I went to Walmart and bought one hydrangea plant, one Roma tomato plant, one sweet pepper plant, and one pretty red flower with a name I don't know.
I planted the tomato and the pepper in the same, very large pot. That's probably not how I'm supposed to do it, but that was the only big flower pot I had...maybe I'll invent a new vegetable-fruit....
I already had a blueberry plant from last year, and I just re-potted it. I had one berry last summer and a bird ate it. Maybe this summer I'll get double the berries! ;)
I planted the hydrangea and the no-name-red-flower in separate pots and sat them on our side porch. I also hung up the lantern I bought at World Market last summer. It's a very simple set-up, but I think it's cute.
Last year, I painted glass jars and bottles in various colors and sat them on a small ledge on our porch. I loved it then and I still do. They held up really well through the cold winter and I still love the cheery color-pop they add to our little space.
I'm not an expert in "outside domestication"- not even close- but I do think that these small touches add a lot.
Also, for my birthday this past October, my friend Grace send me a baby African Violet and a flower pot that she made herself at her pottery studio. The pot is gorgeous and the little African Violet was so cute, but it is now May and it bloomed for the first time only two weeks ago! I thought I was doing something wrong, but I think it just took a while (and I did move it closer to the window, too). I am so proud of its pretty little blooms. They look solid white in the picture (below), but there are tiny flecks of purple on some of the petals. I am officially a proud indoor plant-mom! :)
I hope you enjoyed that random little tour. :)
Have a great day!