So far I have planted my grad party (purple and gold) pots, the bottle capper pot, and the kitchen fairy garden. I will carry in the pots and cover the fairy garden if need be.
Today, I looked at this dismal looking section of flowerbed...
Up until last year, this little patch of dirt was home to a creeping juniper that got waaaaayyyyyy out of hand and was creeping out into our lawn. We were lazy and didn't dig out the root system. Just cut the juniper off as low as we could. The soil was not really improved much. It looks pretty dry here.
Last year I purchased a flaming carpet sedum mix and angelina sedum for this space. They had shallow root systems. I filled in the empty spaces with hen and chicks and alyssums. It looked pretty decent.
This year I decided the hen and chicks were so dark red that they hardly showed up. I saw my my garage sale barnacles from a previous post just laying there on the potting bench and got an idea.
I brought the barnacles along to the greenhouse and picked out two New Guinea impatiens that looked like a similar color.
I sunk this terra cotta pot into the soil, added the impatiens, the barnacles and added a little soil to the barnacles' holes and put the smallest hen and chicks, (chicks, I guess) to the barnacles' holes.
I am now wondering if this will work? I know people are planting hen and chicks in frames, shoes, crocs, you name it, but not barnacles.
I sunk a flat terra cotta pot in the soil and placed more hen and chicks in it. Also added a few more hen and chicks in the area.
I think there are three or four different types of hen and chicks (sempervivums). I have trouble with the cobweb type, they never make it through the winter. The round bright green ones are a little iffy with some of them making it through the winter. The reddish ones and reddish tipped ones are pretty hardy.
What do you you think? Do you like it? Will they grow?
I always enjoy planning and planting flower pots and beds. This year is not any different!