IN THE FIELD: Perseverance

Several years ago I built seven wooden planter boxes to attach to the railing on our deck. We fill them with annual flowers, and each season use different varieties so visually, it is never the same from one year to the next.

Except for this time. The petunias we planted last spring did really well so we decided to use them again. We can justify this since we are using a different color scheme. The flowers we chose are very pale and subtle in color and will be soothing to the eye.

There’s just one problem. It’s been rather hot and humid around here lately so we haven’t planted them yet. Right now the little pots of flowers are on the deck in there respective positions waiting to be elevated from floor level and put in the planters.

The other complication is in the planters themselves. Last year’s crop of purple, lavender, and white petunias reseeded themselves. Somehow the seeds made it through the winter, spouted, and are doing quite nicely with no help from us.

We don’t have the heart to pull the small plants from last year’s show since they stuck it out and are performing again. It looks like this season’s color scheme will be slightly modified.


  1. June 11, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Life finds a way, huh? 😉

    • June 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      It sure does…there are six plants about five inches tall that are blooming and hundreds of plants about 1/4 inch tall trying to grow into big plants. I think we’ll keep the big ones and plant what we have around them.

  2. June 11, 2012 at 11:14 am

    That’s the beauty of nature, it always manages to surprise us every time 🙂

    • June 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      So true Gracie…Today I noticed a whole bunch of marigolds have grown in one of the veggie boxes I built…more carry-overs from last year.

  3. June 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Beautiful, David. It’s really hot here, 107 yesterday and probably will get there today, but thankfully the humidity was only about 9. I feel for you guys up there where it really can get uncomfortable.

    • June 11, 2012 at 4:27 pm

      Aww man 9%…today it’s 85 and 65% humidity. It’s thick out there. It’s supposed to lift with the storms tonight…yay!!!

  4. June 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Last Friday I bought a White Petunia for my mother. It’s a lovely flower.

    • June 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Yes petunias are lovely and some have the sweetest aroma. Last year we could sit on the deck and the breeze would bring the smell to us!

  5. June 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    How beautiful their colours… Great shot dear David, Thank you, with my love, nia

    • June 13, 2012 at 8:55 am

      Yes they are pretty. This year we went with very pale yellow and a barely lavender. It should be cool and soothing to look at.

  6. June 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I’m thinking of how lush and full your petunias will be! The same thing happened to us last year and the planter was beautiful. Hope we see more photos of you lovely petunias.

    • June 12, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Hopefully we can get them planted this week. We are now in the middle of a monsoon, and it’s supposed to cool down. It will be nice to let their roots spread out a bit!

  7. Jo Woolf
    June 12, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I wouldn’t have the heart either – they are natural born survivors! I love annuals but they have such a short life span in the Scottish climate. That doesn’t stop me being tempted every year though!

    • June 12, 2012 at 9:31 am

      I know what you mean…there are so many varieties, I just want to buy them all!!

  8. June 14, 2012 at 12:05 am

    Well, I don’t think you can have too many petunias!

  9. June 15, 2012 at 8:22 am

    oh I love petunias, my mum plants them every year and when I come back home for holiday, the balconies are always full of them 🙂 Charlie built a flower rail some time ago and planted some petunias in it, placed the flower bed on the kitchen window cill and they look absolutely beautiful both from outside and inside 😀 e that colour in the London sky for a while 😀 I hope the weather gets a bit cooler for you t plant them 🙂

  10. June 15, 2012 at 8:33 am

    That’s way cool that Charlie built those the flower boxes for you! I’m heading out there in a few minutes to get ours planted. It’s only 60 degrees out!!! Perfect!!!

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