19 May 2022

Thoughts On Newness

White Verbena
Prolific Pansies

Purple & White Pansy Surprise

The majority of trees at this Champlain Valley floor elevation in Vermont are leafed as in green dust season is at an end. The world outside no longer looks like it attended a wild party the night before. 

Time to get outdoors more. 

This gardening season begins for me with a sense of newness. There are pansies blooming in groups. Pansies with ruffled petals. Purple and white pansies looking like they are rooting for the Minnesota Vikings. The diversity of pansy forms and colors is refreshing.


In the garden, ground and container, a pop of orange, I feel, livens up the landscape. An orange pansy, and a cute healthy one or two in other colors have been all I buy each year. This year, based on pansies blooming all summer long (shady areas) last year, I decided to buy more pansies. The gardening centers have many pansy varieties. 

A hanging basket of verbena can be stunning as they bloom so well. New to me is a white verbena to brighten a shady space. Adding to that planter a small very red petunia, and blue lobelia will create a patriotic vibe.

Do you plan your garden color scheme each year? 

12 comments:

Marie Smith said...

Pansies are so versatile a bloom, varied colours and hardy in case of late spring frost. Love them!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

My sweet hubby planted lots of roses that bloom year round here and we have Mexican petunias in the courtyard. We are trying not to change things up but keep it low maintenance around here! lol But I love pretty flower beds!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Marie,
Cool weather plants rule in the spring.

Diane
Less maintenance gardening is a good guide. Buying plants that reseed thremselves and perennials is also budget friendly.

Tabor said...

Those are all lovely spring flowers. Ours in that vein are done and warm to hot weather is breathing down our necks!!

William Kendall said...

These are beautiful.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Hello Tabor.
I am glad it is time for hot plants as in no more worry about frost.

Thank you William. Your gorgeous tulip photographs are as much a welcome spring sight as the flowers are.

carol l mckenna said...

No longer garden ~ just have 3 deck baskets with very traditional geranium and vinca vine ~ Love the deck with its view and peaceful away from the crowds ~ Yours looks and sounds lovely ~ nature is so healing ~ Xo

Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Carol,
Your baskets, I believe, fit into the definition of a container garden. Ground or planters, we garden. :)

Red Rose Alley said...

The Orange pansies in your garden are so pretty. I read one time that Orange is the happiest color.....and I believe that is true! ;)

~Sheri

Jeanie said...

Pansies are such a favorite of mine! What wonderful photos, all. I have containers for plants and not all that many of them, though I do try hard with the basil. But I have some pansies! Got to have pansies!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Jeanie, At the garden centers this year, they were full of pansies.
Basil takes an entire planter. Fresh basil leaves in sandwiches is a favorite.

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Sheri,
There is a wallflower plant with cute tiny orange flowers that brightens a garden against so much green.