There are a lot of things I learned from dear Mama, but planting and gardening wasn't really one of them. That being said, I can dig a hole and pot a plant. That being said, I was quite proud of myself when I put together a big planter for the drive thru at our Starbucks.
Melanie asked me if I would take on the project, and since I consider half my job to be "get stuff done so she doesn't have to worry about it", then I took it on willingly. She and I went to Lowes and walked around for about 20 minutes, looking for help and got none. We were told that Ms. Jennie would along directly, but after a few more minutes went by with no Ms. Jennie, we had to split.
I came back a little later when I had more time, and loaded up. I got a apricot hibiscus, some begonias, some petunias and a few more fun things, and on the recommendation of Ms. Jennie, who finally showed up, I came up with this:
So, a few days later, Melanie asked me to do another for the front. She told me what she wanted, but I missed part of it, catching only, "Covered with flowers." To me, that meant just put a lot of flowers in it.
I head to Lowes and buy a whole lotta plants, bring them back and get them potted. Melanie comes out, looks and says, "This looks great!" then adds, softly, "...can you make it taller?" Its then that I realized she had actually said, "I'd like it to be tall, like the other one, covered with flowers."
That'll teach me to only listen halfway. I tend to do that alot.
Anyway, I haul off back to Lowes and walk around a while and make another decision. Instead of small roses, I end up going with jasmine on a trellis. I bring everything back, unpot most of the flowers I just potted, then plant the jasmine vine. I then repot everything, then soil and water. And here's what I ended up with:
I mean, I'm no Martha Stewart, but I'm pretty proud of how it turned out. I even bought a watering can proportional to how it should be watered daily.
My garden grows just fine. I'm even thinking of doing flowers in front of The Cabana. If I can find the time, that is. Good luck with that.