When I saw this old picnic basket in the thrift store last week, it beckoned me to snatch it up and make it into a new home for some flowers.
At first, I wanted to put some daisies in it (I am inexplicably drawn to daisies—all the time), but I decided to go against my natural inclination. I put a combination of plants with different leaves, colors, and heights into the basket.
I came home with some plants that I am somewhat familiar with: Dianthus, two different types of black eyed susan, an orange-y pink petunia with smaller flowers, and some mums. I think the one with the purple flowers is phlox, but I forgot to ask about that one. The ones with the little red flowers are verbena. I also got one little pot of Mexican roses (this one was a bit of an impulse-I-have-no-idea-what-this-plant-needs-but-I’m-going-to-buy-it-anyway-because-it-has-so-many-different-colors buy).
Earlier that week, I had gone to one of the local Amish farmer’s markets and purchased a hanging pot of petunias. There were three different plants in the pot. Score!
Before putting the plants in the containers, I sorted them according to their ultimate destination. I tried to make sure that there were different colors in each of the containers.
Now we can enjoy something pretty while the front planters are bare.
At first, the petunias were not pleased that I untangled and separated them, but they seem to be slowly recovering after I was forced to do some butchering. I put all the pieces that broke off, along with some flowers from around the yard, into a vase.