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Transition Containers To Winter



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If you haven't taken the time to take an inventory of your fall garden containers, then now is the time to do so.  Do the flowers look spent, or the veggies given up and the grasses no fared well in the winter wind gusts?  Then it's time to transition them into winter items that will hold up to the cold and harsh weather that is coming.

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The first thing you need to do is toss all the plants and replace the potting soil.  Now is not the time to try to salvage anything.  Pick new plant materials that can with stand the harsh conditions coming in the colors and textures that will easily mix up and create a beautiful arrangement.  Add color with painted sticks, berry branches or colorful shades of greens and yellows.

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Fill your winter containers with Birch Branches.  They look lovely when clustered together and add a depth of texture to a garden container that is lovely for many months.  Ever seen colored branches like dogwood?  They come in red to yellow and you can find other textured branches like reeds or thin sticks that come in brown and can be woven and displayed beautifully.

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When it comes to plants try evergreens like boxwood that can be made into topiary.  Conifers of all sorts will work wonderfully.  Any kind of greenery that can handle the cold will be stunning covered in a light snowfall.

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Berried branches like winterberry and dried seed pots add an artistic touch that really upgrades any garden container.  Ornamental grasses add height to the center of a planter and trailing ivy flows over the pots sides, draping the planter in color.

Don't wait till it's too cold to transition your planters.  Now is the time to make the most of the remaining weather.

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Post Last Updated: 12/13/2017 2:48:43 PM 

Get ready now for Winter



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Try to get some of these fall garden chores done before winter arrives.  If you spend the time to do these chores now then you will be well on the way for a Spring garden that will shine!  These aren't hard garden chores to do but just simple things that will make your garden easier to manage.

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Clear out all dead or dying plants, flowers or shrubs.  Cleaning up dead leaves and flower head is easy to do and so important.  Dead plants attract bugs and other unwanted pests.  These pests like slugs are always looking for a warm spot to weather the winter so keep dead plants and leaves up off the soil and ground.  Also now is the time to deadhead any remaining plants in your garden pottery that are still growing.  Clean around the top of the pots taking out leaves and weeds that may have grown.  Keeping everything clean is good for your garden and planters.

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If you see any sick or dead plants take them out.  Don't leave anything that will attract bugs.  Don't compost them but toss them in the trash.  If your potting soil looks spent toss it out and clean out the pot for next year.  Don't keep soil that may have had diseased plans in them or show any kind of weeds or pests.  If you are keeping the soil then clean it up taking out any dead object and cover with rocks, pot toppers or hay.  This will keep the soil in good condition for next Spring plantings.  Plan on adding some fresh soil next season.

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Now is the time to bring in any pots that won't survive being outside for Winter.  Move all fragile garden pots to the garage.  If that isn't an option then move under eves next to the house and cover with a tarp.  Not an option, cover the soil with hay, rocks, broken pots materials or anything that will help to keep water from getting inside the pot and freezing. The frozen water is what causes the cracks.

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Any remaining decorative garden items can now be stored and put away.  Clean everything up so that you will have a fresh start next year.  Many painted items don't like the cold freezing weather and could have flaking or fading issues so take them inside.

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Lastly, take a final look over.  Clean up any thing you may have second thoughts about.  Know in your heart that the next planting season will come soon enough and all the work you are doing know will pay off.  

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Post Last Updated: 10/24/2017 11:43:48 AM 

Falls Perennials to Pot



Fall Perennials to put into garden planters


Autumn in here and itís that time of year when you can savor and appreciate your fall potted foliage.  Fall perennials are the perfect choice.

Fall perennials in garden flowerpots provide a range of colors from pink and purple to white and gold.  They offer a bloom that you can depend on and will bless you with color year round.  Dried flower head and stalks left to stand over winter will provide shelter and nourishment for birds & other wildlife.

Below are a few of the popular potted perennials that you may enjoy.

Sedum:  Varieties like Autumn Joy have pink to red flowers that turn maroon as colder weather hits.  It favors full sun and average garden soil.  A wonderful late season perennial.

Asters:  Classic fall bloomer, they are often planted to compliment other fall blooming flowers like chrysanthemums, which you see everywhere this time of year.  They range in color, height and size making them perfect for any display.

Mums:  They are fallís ubiquitous flowers.  Every garden center offers them this time of year for a reason. Their colors are perfect for a fall display.  Yellows, orange, and rusts are perfect when potted on a holiday table or the front entry of your home.  It shouts we are into the season!!!.  Place the planters indoors for color or outside for fall beauty.

Goldenrod:  There flowers are perfect for insects and bees. With its bright yellow flowers and long stalks they are perfect in any garden planter where you want color and beauty this time of year.

So, donít leave your flowerpots sitting empty as the weather cools.  Plant some of these suggestions and enjoy the beauty the flower kingdom has to offer.

 
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Post Last Updated: 12/15/2016 8:42:26 AM 

Year Round Containers.



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Year Round Container Gardening

When you think of potted containers around your home or garden, did you think it would only be in Spring or Summer?  Well, with a bit planning you can have delightful containers around all year.

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Spring is the time that bulbs burst into bloom and your flowerpots are overflowing with color, texture & beauty.  If your patio has staggered pots with bulbs in them, you can create quite the production.  Even if there is some early spring rain they will still look smashing.  Head to the nursery and find lots of wonderful flowers to pot.

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 Summer is the season of the potted plants and flowers.  Everything is in its colorful prime.  Now is the time to highlight your creative skills.  Use all one color in all your
planters or do you like to mix it up?  Go to any garden center and your senses will burst with excitement.  Succulents, flowers, plants, they have so much to offer.  Use eye catching containers that compliment your foliage choices.

 Potted Mums are perfect for your garden planters

Autumn rolls around and your thought process starts to slow down.  There are many autumn shrubs that bloom this time of year.  Fill your garden
containers with burst of orange, red & yellow. Mums always make a show this time of year and if you fill a large pot with them, they will reward you again with amazing color.  Now is a time to use berries in pots.  They will add charm and color to any autumn grouping.  Surround your planters with gourds & bright pumpkins and show your holiday spirit.

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And then comes Winter.  There are winter flowering shrubs the will look lovely in your pottery. Now is the time to make sure you are using poly resin, concrete, sandstone or high fired glazed pottery that can stand the cold.  Put up some evergreens which look lovely this time of year when dusted with snow.  Plant a pine or spruce tree and add Christmas lights to bring some excitement and light to your garden or patio area.

There will always be 4 seasons and only one you.  Donít let a season go by without planting in your garden containers.

 
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Post Last Updated: 12/15/2016 9:33:52 AM 

Fall Potted Flowers For Your Garden



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Don't leave your garden planters empty this fall.  Here are a few types of flowers that are recommended for potting that will add color and beauty to your garden or patio areas!
 
Aster:  New England aster bears loads of pink, blue, purple and white flowers. Butterflies love them.
Toad Lily:  Need shade so they are perfect for fall with orchid like flowers that bloom till mid fall.
Goldenrod:  Cheery yellow flowers that are tough yet lovely.  Grow to 4 feet so use a big planter.
Russian Sage:  A great purple flower to add to your pots instead of the usual fall foliage colors
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Colchicum - big cup shaped blooms will fill any planter and will add color with white or pink.
Helenium:  Daisy looking flowers which are also tough and easy to grow in a planter. Red, orange,
Sedum:  A most popular flower for autumn containers.  Grows to 18" tall.
Red Spider LIly:  A truly exotic bulb that burst with bright red flowers. Love the spidery clusters!
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Japanese Anemone:  Large poppy shaped pink or white flowers that stand tall in any planter.
Turtlehead:  A funny name but a beautiful white or pink bloom with glossy green foliage.
Fall Crocus:  Sun or shade, 6" tall and overlooked as a fall crocus. Perfect in any garden.
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Monkshood:  Beautiful blue that adds to the yellow and orange of fall flowers
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When you have a lovely garden or patio area planters, you need to keep it looking great during the fall season. Hope these suggestions will help you choose the best flowering plants to add that extra finished look to your fall planters!

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Post Last Updated: 12/15/2016 10:22:18 AM 

Fall Fireworks




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Trees, shrubs, and frost tolerant grasses and perennials ignite a passion for the glories of autumn when planted in your garden pottery & plant containers.
 
Wrapped in blazing gold and firey red with flickers of violet blue, an autumn landscape captures all the colors of a flame, and it's just mesmerizing.  Sit outside under a blazing tree canopy and enjoy a warm cup of coffee.  Don't leave your garden plants sitting empty.  Fill with fierce bold colorful plants and finish the look.

The variety of
potted plants make any patio or garden area inviting with this lovely glow.  Witch hazel draws the eye and feet to the sweetest surprise by creating a fire bowl, stuffed full of this plant.  Blue notes included Lambs ear, blue spruce and blue gray ornamental grasses. Gold spirea and golden mop cypress, potted, add bring yellow green pops so plant them in traditional terracotta or bold colorful garden planters.
 
You don't have to have a big plan.  Just go with the idea that right now a touch of color is enough to make you want to wander into your yard and adore the beauty.
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/19/2016 10:33:59 AM 

Light up the Night!




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Gardening can be addictive.  Obsessive gardeners are known to keep the midnight oil burning.  Here are a few fun ways to make easy garden lighting.  You should notice that your garden is different world at night, when the insects and moths come out and an occasional bat swoops low and flowers start to emit heavenly scents.  You can still appreciate your garden even in the dark.  But with a few simple ideas of sight, sound and scent you begin to realize that when one is diminished another is heightened.
 
 30053-Mason-JarsHanging jars glisten from above.  Instead of recycling your glass hang them from arbors and branches.  Knot some twine tightly under the edge of the rim of a jars, leaving long, trailing ends on either side to tie the jar to a tree branch.  Fill the jar with sand, rice or bird seed and place a tea candle inside.  Replace the lids when done and keep the rain out.
 
 30054-Leaft-WrappedLeaf wrapped glasses are fun if temporary.  Take a broad leaf and embellish it with a few smaller sprigs.  Then tie the arrangement with raffia around a straight sided glass.  A lighted tea candle inside will show off the structure of the leaves.  They will dry out in a few hours but will still look beautiful.
 
 30055-Milk-Glass-VasesLamp globes generate a sphere of soft light.  The large globes from old light fixtures can be balanced on pot feet to create a soft glow ball of light.  Face the opening out of sight and slide in a lighted tea candle.  You can also hang small globes from low lying branches for a more polished look than a canopy of jars.

Milk glass vases are now inexpensive finds at tag sales and thrift stores.  With votive candles inside, they provide beautiful diffused light.  Perfect for little spots of light in out of the way nooks, these charmers add an understated glow to the evening.
 
We hope you find a few good tips here and create that glowing garden that is stunning!
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/19/2016 10:41:07 AM 

It's Fall




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 30041-Potted-ArtichokeDid you know you can grow artichokes in garden planters?  Try the "Purple Italian Globe" or the "Green Globe", two attractive plants that produce flavorful chokes.  You should be able to find them at your local nursery or online.  Plant them is a move-able pot or a planter that sits on a pot caddy for the best results.
 
 30042-Potted-LettuceSow organic lettuce seeds now in your favorite pottery on your patio or deck.  Try these heirloom varieties that are slow to bolt in hold weather.  Australian yellow leaf, red flame, and green Grandpas admire.  You can find them at local nurseries or online.  We love them in a decorative bowl that you can carry inside when you are ready to harvest some.  Decorating your dining table is also a great way to display them.  Yummy goodness.
 
Sow some wildflowers.  For a lovely spring display, scatter seeds now or plant in large garden bowls.  Try chocolate flowers, desert marigold, firecracker penstemon, and globe mallow.  Make sure the soil is weeded and tilled or use new hearty planting soil in the planter you select. Keep the soil moist once you sow the seeds and until germination.  Try your local nursery for these also.
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 2:37:47 PM 

October Around The House









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It's hard to think about spring coming but now is the time to start planning and purchasing bulbs.  Gather the pumpkins and create a welcoming display and plant your pansies.  All fun and easy things to do this October in your home, garden or yard!
 
 30036-BulbsFall is the time to start planting bulbs such as daffodils, snowflakes, and Spanish bluebells.  These spring blooms are some of the best perennials for all gardens.  They are drought tolerant and long lived and will multiply in your yard.  Plant them in a spot that will receive at least six hours of sun a day while the leaves are green.

They can take a bit of dappled light but won't bloom in shade, so take heed.  These bulbs like soil that is loose and well drained.  Set bulbs twice as deep as they are tall, and water well after planting.  Buy your bulbs at a local nursery or online and of course select a lovely new garden planter from us
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Gather the pumpkins.  These are so popular in October, and are found at local farmers markets, grocery stores and roadside stands.  The new heirloom pumpkins are great is pastel colors and sizes.  Select ones that are firm and unblemished.

Keep them cool and dry and they should last for months.  A popular look this year is the pumpkin stack using a garden urn or garden planter with feet.  Use varied sizes and colors and create a fantastic entry piece.  Just stacking pumpkins, colorful garden mums in orange, or red planters is lovely
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 30037-Potted-PansyPlant your pansies.....Adding fall flowers to your garden containers and flowerbeds now allows roots to get established before cold weather sets in, so don't delay.  Place transplants in a sunny spot in rich, well draining soil.  When planting in pots, good drainage is very important also.  Be sure the pot has drain holes.  Try cold tolerant pansies like Plentifall.  Other flowers to plant now include dianthus, snapdragons, calendulas, and discias.
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/21/2016 2:38:04 PM 

Fiery Fall Garden Planters




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This time of year when you look out your window do you see nothing but gray?  Arizona Pottery has a few suggestions for you  where you can pot some plants that will take your boring to "fiery".  It's as simple as planting the right stuff.  By potting some orange leaves, red smokin flowers and mixing in a few berries, you can create garden planters that will ignite your garden or patio area this autumn.

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If you are just a bit tired or want an easy way to set the area on fire then start with the easiest most radiant flowers.   Mums in reds and oranges, marigolds which always look stunning this time of year, salvias and herbs smell good and add intense colors to any display.  Take a simple garden pot like terracotta and set it on fire with an intense burst of color from any of these types of plants & flowers.

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Want something a bit more dramatic?  Try lion's tail it will grow very tall and burst with orange blooms that are great for attracting hummingbirds, and butterflies.  To really burst on the scene with color start with a colorful red, orange, copper or rust garden planter and then fill it with deep intense greens.  Very ornamental in nature.
 
Think berries would be fun?  There are many types of trees and shrubs that offer fall and winter berries that are brightly lit.  The crab apple is really easy and hard to kill.  Make sure it's disease resistant and you will be richly rewarded with color from spring thru winter.  How about trying to grow some vibrant leaves for decorating with.  Of course Maple are the easy choice.  Their stunning red and orange leaves are lacy, poetic and radiant in garden pottery.  Make sure you find the size that is easy to pot and you will be rewarded with blazing color.

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The next time you look out your garden window and see nothing but gray, that is the time to start planning on potting up a few of the suggestions we made and see if you can turn that into a blazing garden of color.
 
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