Tootin’ My Own Horn
I love pretty flowers. Over the years I’ve tried my hand at various pots and planters, but I’ve never really loved the results. I’m so particular that I can never create one to suit myself. Every once in a great while, I’ll splurge and buy the ready-made ones at the nursery, but that’s SO pricey.
In recent years I’ve gotten quite lazy. I don’t even think I did ANY pots last year. I know we didn’t plant annuals in the flower beds. I remember thinking that I didn’t want to bother watering them, so we just skipped it. Can you say L-A-Z-Y?
This year I am determined that my yard will not be the poor neglected step-child of the neighborhood. I’ve arranged for someone to come and help us in the flower beds, and I hung some petunias over our front porch. I definitely want some potted arrangements by my front door, but I dread the effort of making them. I’ve eyed the gorgeous flower arrangements at the local nursery, but the price tags are daunting. I was THIS CLOSE to buying one last week, and then in a rare moment of fiscal responsibility, I thought better of it and drove home empty-handed.
Yesterday I decided that I need to make use of one of the many sets of pots stored in my garage and make my own arrangements, for better or for worse. I drove to the farm market and walked around until I saw the prepared potted flower arrangement that I would have purchased if I weren’t feeling so industrious, and I made a mental note of the arrangement and color combination. Then I went around and found each of the individual plants. I even made a few substitutions. I KNOW. I’m living life on the edge. Next thing you know, I’ll be jumping out of airplanes.
I came home, and these are what I made! I am SO proud of myself. I know they’ll look a lot better in a week when all the plants are in full bloom, but I couldn’t resist taking a couple of pictures to post this morning.
I can’t gaze at them for too long, or I start to note all of the flaws in my workmanship. I could drive myself crazy with the I wish I’d moved that yellow one closer to the edge, and the I should have spaced those white ones out more, and on it goes. But they’re done, and they cost less than half what the ones I copied would have cost me had I bought them ready-made, AND I love the combination of flowers and colors.
I’m so pleased with them, in fact, that I have a good mind to go buy more flowers today and put together a couple of pots for the back deck. I think I have enough potting soil left over.