May the Gardening Games Begin!

Bucket

Each year, there is that turning point when I know I have begun gardening in earnest. Through the drought, I never stopped gardening, because it stayed so warm even in December and January. Of course, I had to stay away from Annuals, as the common ones were a water seeking luxury in a drought.

So this year, I got lucky in more ways than one. Towards the end of last year, someone let me have dozens of pots, but also a handful of beautiful retro galvanized iron  cans and one wide mouthed, shallow bucket (accepted with immense gratitude!). I took one look at it and knew it is special and it needed something interesting. Many times, when something special likes that come along, I set it in a visible spot in the backyard and mull over it for weeks or months. A few pots have been sitting there for years!

But then, tempted by this 15% discount coupon at OSH, I stopped by, cash strapped as I am, and even before I got in, I was invited by these Annuals, at 99c per quart planter! Oh what a deal, and what a bit of luck. This is after an El Niño year and it has been quite wet and promising. I picked up a bunch of primroses, a couple of petunias and violas!

Then, I brought the annuals home and I was wondering about how to plant them. Well, it didn’t take long to come up with a plan and that is what you see in the picture up there. I just have this feeling that this is going to be a great year for gardening!