After the big winds from last week, I had to rearrange all the tall flowers on the deck because they were separating and starting to flop. I moved the green table so I could use the house wall as a windblock. This area happens to get hot afternoon sun and most of my containers have tropical plants that love the sun. I put a huge pot of rather dull purple/white Rembrandt dahlias against the blue door.
I left a nice wide walking area as this is the main entrance to the deck. You can tell I am doing this very early in the morning as the dew is still on the floor.
I put the table under one of the plant pictures on the lattice wall where it would be shaded from that hot sun. Later in the afternoon, I sat there with an afternoon glass of wine and enjoyed being able to see both sides of the new arrangement. Side One:
Did you notice the orange cosmos at the bottom of the plant clusters on both sides?
I grew them from seed last year and they reseeded themselves in the long containers that I saved.
I am thrilled as they are so nice and thick this year.
Each long planter also had 3 cannas in it. The cannas all died. I was pretty bummed about that until I saw the cosmos. Now I am happy because they work great to perk up the bottom of container combinations.
The big green/white striped leaves are from Tropicanna 'Gold'.
No blooms yet on 'Gold', but Tropicanna 'Black' in the background is throwing up a new bloom almost daily.
It's been raining since Friday afternoon, so I have not had much time to enjoy the new set up. I think it is going to stop today, which will be good as we have a family picnic at the lake this afternoon.