Container Gardening This Year

Sometime over the winter, I decided that our garden soil possibly needed a year's rest. The tomato crop was poor last year, for the first time ever. And a mole had discovered my squash and burrowed into one and devoured its entire insides. In taking a year off, perhaps it will discourage him that the feast will be spread for him on an annual basis, and he'll go find someone else's garden to ravage. Hope springs eternal.

In addition, when we were in England last year, I was so struck by what pretty container gardens they have...and what pretty pots! And then I found several British-made clay pots, from Yorkshire Flowerpots, at Home Goods and snatched them up! I like the form of them so well. You can't really tell from the pictures, but each one is stamped with the manufacturer's name around the rim. And they are frost-hardy, being made in the same way they manufacture clay pipes for irrigation purposes.

Unwilling to go completely without homegrown produce this summer, I planted one pot with new favorite being the lemon-thyme!

And a shorter, round pot is full of lettuces. I love my ability to just pop out onto the deck and gather a few spinach leaves for Sunday morning omelettes.

Another pot contains an English lavender. And another has a medley of: cornflower, blue salvia, English daisies, lamb's ear, and some white flowering plant whose name I can't recall. I'm completely smitten with these dainty English daisies!

My biggest plant risk for the season is an endless-blooming, blue hydrangea which I plan to keep in the pot for the summer and then transfer to a flowerbed in the front yard in September.


  1. Love this idea! It's something I've thought about doing for a while (as the towering trees in our backyard leave mostly just a small patio area that gets regular sun). I've had a hard time visualizing just how it would look, so thanks for the pictures!

    1. You're welcome! I'm loving the ease of it this year! And being able to just skip out and snip some herbs or pick some lettuce for dinner is SO nice!

      P.S. My sincerest apologies for the delayed response to your comment! Apparently Blogger changed how they notify me (or don’t notify me!) about comments, and I didn’t realize that your comment was there. I wasn’t trying to be rude…really! So sorry!


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