Monday, August 8, 2011

Sadly Neglected

Is it just me, or about this time of the summer season, no matter what you do container plants seem to whither up and die?


Witness, the two container plants by my front door.

Well, I will admit, that they were not watered for a week, while I was in Florida helping my niece paint her cabinets.  They were sadly neglected :-(

Since we have two more months of summer weather here in NC, I decided to replace them with something new.  Not quite fall like, but the taller grasses will blend in with mums later, in October.


Much better, don't you think?


Welcome Home,
Penny


33 comments:

Snappy Di said...

ANything would look great with that fabulous red door... Anything!

Connie said...

By this time of year I'm longing for fall. Everything is so dry here too. Maining keeping the few pots of flowers maintained and letting the yard fend for itself. I like your front door, pretty color.

Kathleen Grace said...

My flowers are looking a bit sad too. The extreme heat we have had this summer hasn't helped. I like the grasses you used, they have a late summer/early fall feel and I can see them with pumpkins and gourds too:>)

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

The containers look very pretty! Great job choosing just the right plants!

Hugs,
Maryjane

camp and cottage living said...

This definitely freshened up your entry.
This was your second planting-I just put my hanging baskets out for the first time last week.I'm really late this year in getting in gear!

Penny said...

I agree. I am losing all of my container plants even though I water them. Yours new ones look great. See you this week!

W. Latane Barton said...

Great choice. I am in Nebraska at present and just hate to think about what my plants look like about now in all the heat they've had back home in Virginia.

Pat said...

Looks beautiful Penny!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Penny,
The heat here in Modesto Ca has been dreadful too..the poor plants really do suffer with the heat..Your new plants looks so happy! I love your front door color...love the RED!
How fun you saw Smokey! ya he does look great! I think a man in a suit just looks so handsome! nice change from jeans and tee-shirts..
Have a sweet day and big hugs, Elizabeth and (Henri)

Pondside said...

Much better! I like the height.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the color, too! Perfect for your entrance! ♥

Michele Smith said...

Love your urns and the height of the tall grass. I have that very same doormat. I am in love with that red door!!! LOL

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

You know Penny, I can't put anything real in my front door urns cuz they bake in the sun all day. Right now they are empty..last year I had fakes. I do put pumpkins in for the fall and little christmas trees when it is that time. Your look great now.

Blondie's Journal said...

What a disappointment, Penny, but the new blooms look fantastic. We have had so much heat that my flowers have petered out a bit, too. Sometimes water doesn't even help.

I hope you had a great trip!

XO,
Jane

Sherri said...

It is hard with container plants when you go away unless you have someone to water them every day for you. The changed out plants look wonderful!

Stacey said...

That looks great! Perfect to transition into fall. I must confess that some of my pot plants went in the trash weeks ago. We are on Day 44 over 100...not much hope for pots.

Sarah said...

Penny, I know how difficult it is to keep things looking good in this summer heart. Your choice of the tall grasses looks great and will definitely transition into fall.

Jenny said...

We've had 110' here so I've just let some of mine die. I can't keep up with watering them all twice a day. I'll replant once the 100' breaks.

Vee said...

Hahahaha...thank you for your honesty! Sweet Penny, they certainly do look great now.

Adrienne said...

You just reminded me that I didn't water my hanging fuschia today. I was out the door too early to think about it! I love your new plants in the planters by your door. I think they reflect the color of your door!
~Adrienne~

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

So pretty Penny!! That red grass has always been a favorite of mine. Martina

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

These look great! And like you said, will look nice with mums. Oh, I heard on the radio today that the Tiffany lamp collection is on display at Biltmore through Oct. 23rd. Sounds like a neat exhibit. Love & blessings from NC!

see you there! said...

I really like the new look, the height and the color does something visually that is perfect.

Darla

Look beyond the picket fence said...

Watering my plants has turned into a part time job! Every summer I say I won't buy as many and every spring I see all the pretty flowers and I am watering twice a day in August. But they are so pretty!
denise

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

Much better! Lovely! I have to go out and water my pots every day sometimes twice a day with this heat!

Donna said...

Much better and very pretty! I had to smile at your dead ones! This heat has been really bad and it's hard to keep container plants happy.

Natasha Burns said...

just beautiful! send some of that heat down our way please! i am over winter....

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

ahhhh yes Penny, much better. It is this time of year when everything starts looking a bit sad and weepy. I am ready for some happy yellow pansies.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I always hope a neighbor or two will water my outdoor flowers when I go away. I always do it for them :)

I'm looking forward to mums and pumpkin time!

Babs said...

I'm a huge urn fan and your are great. You picked a nice combination of plants for them. They really brighten you porch and look ready for Fall. I'm so ready for Fall.
Hugs,
Babs

Cindy @ Barkley Hall said...

Looks great......I'm losing all my plants..no matter what I do. It is so HOT in Savannah!!!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Oui, much better. Love the grasses. Plants in containers need so much attention. Ours either get too much sun or not enough or we forget to water them.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I like the grasses in your urns, Penny! Yes, mine are pretty sad looking, too, but I have noticed that when it is a little cooler or we have rain, some of them seem to be rejuvenating themselves.