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Starting to Prepare Planters

A few of my plants did not make it to spring, although I had hopes for a few until January. One of the ones which made it was this Lobelia Magadi (Compact Blue...the first photo). I am going to buy some sphagnum moss to mix in my planters to try and hopefully help them retain moisture while on my balcony.


"Lobelia Magadi: Zone 9-11, full sun to part shade. Striking royal blue flowers above mounding dark green foliage, April-Oct., height 4-6". Amazingly heat tolerant, mounding compact habit, early flowering and weather resistant. An absolute must have for baskets and containers. Prefers well-drained peat/perlite soil."  source


I have bought seeds for pansies, marigolds, heavenly blue morning glory, rosemary, and forget-me-nots. I also have seeds from last years' plants: Mixed morning glories and petunias. From a rose-hip plant we shall see if my seeds will sprout (I love the smell of this flowering bush). I also have seeds for radishes and mixed leaf lettuces.


My chives, lavender, 4 geraniums, hostas, chocolate mint, a morning glory vine, and apparently some self-seeding petunias have also survived the winter. I don't know what to do with the hostas. My friend gave them to me last spring but they are terrible on the balcony where the wind rips their leaves to shreds. Also, the chocolate mint has something on its leaves which I think has spread to the geraniums habituated with it. I had to toss a few geraniums because of this, or perhaps it was due to poor root growth early in the season. Or both.


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Apr. 1st, 2011 10:06 pm (UTC)
Good luck with the planters this year! I'm going to try just fuschias in my hanging baskets to see how many hummingbirds we can attract. :)

I wonder what was on the chocolate mint?
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