Updated pictures added
Just a hint, it's that time of year, to sort out those root bound pots for glorious patio drama. Mine have been in the urns for about three years, which has left me with the multiplication of ferns, mini hosta's and returning fuschias. Yippee! It's like a free trip to the garden center. Make easy cleanup and throw down a small tarp to catch the debris. I dropped by Garlands Garden Center, (Garlands Blog)I'm spoiled it's only 1/2 mile from my house, picked up some 4 in. pink begonias (less expensive when small but have a big showy voice come summer, watch for any frost, I'm taking a early chance on a terrific payoff),
Johnny-jump-up's for the front walk-bed, and I'm off and running. Just a little love, separating those root bound plants goes a long way for summer color. I fill my pots with many different varieties of ferns and mini Hosta's which saves on the pocketbook when it comes to re-purchasing annuals every year. A couple of favorites that I baby in this zone are my citrus trees and my flowering maples. Lemon and Lime need to be in the garage thru the cold months, I feel extra blessed when my flowering maples make it thru the winter. Dining graciously is all about that summer patio that says Wow when your guest's come for a barbecue. If you wait too long, tender shoots will argue with your transplanting, March/April in the Pacific Northwest is an excellent time. Another reminder snails are already doing damage out there so get the snail bait out! Early Hosta's are up, Dinosaur Food plant is a yummy meal for slugs.
Dangling Carrots: Great pots that bless for many years!
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My husband Don helped me out turning the pots upside down, shaking and digging the roots out. I used a large machete to separate with a nice clean slice. Re-fill your pots with good quality soil, it pays in the long run, aerate the bottom of the pot with gravel, sand or even shipping peanuts. Set newly planted pots where they can get plenty of spring rain and shaded from a burst of hot sun. There you have it. I'll post more picture's throughout the season. Happy Gardening.
Re-Cap pots 5 & 12 days latter, look at the growth, happy happy happy......