Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fence Flowers

 Thank you Patti and Paula for featuring this post at Ivy and Elephant!!! Make sure to visit their classy blog where they share their love of all things vintage.
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Years ago my Mom picked up this fabulous framed planter at a garage sale.
 I remember seeing it at her condo and hoping it was for me!
 Yea it was for me!!!
 As much as I love it I have found it hard to keep plants alive in the small pots. Below is a picture from last year with some Alyssum growing in the pots. I had to water these little pots twice if not three times a day. If I missed a watering the plants would be near death.
 So this year I went fake, fake flowers that is. I still can't believe I did it!!
 I waited until Michaels had their silk flowers on sale for 40% off. Then shopping I went! I picked out all the dangling white flowers I could find and one fake creeping Jenny for some green.
 So far they have fooled everyone who has seen them! I love it! People don't really look that close, not sure if that is a good thing or not. Of course I can't keep it secret. Why I am compelled to "confess" to people that they are fake flowers I don't know. I guess I feel like a "fake" gardener!
At first I thought I would have to put some Styrofoam in the pots and stick the stems into it, to hold them in place. But I ended up just folding the stems up and putting them in the pots without any Styrofoam. The pots are so small everything fits and stays put even on windy days.
 The rest of my "real" flowers are thriving. Yes I added this last photo to prove to you I mean to show you that I do have some living plants!
 Are you guilty of any garden embellishing? As a serious gardener it was a really hard choice for me to make, to go fake. Ultimately it was a decision made from frustration. Remembering to water those small pots several times a day aagghhhh, it drove me crazy!
Leave a comment and let me know if you have any garden secrets!
Thank you for stopping by, have a great day, Lori


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12 comments:

  1. Love all the pictures Lori. Keep inspiring me!

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  2. Oh I love your fakes, you found some wonderful ones and they look so pretty in your little pots. Why,not, they seem to look so real today. Love it. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  3. Thanks Andi! Easy care flowers can't complain!!

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  4. Thank you for visiting Marty!! I love the party you host, I try to link up whenever I post!

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  5. They look gorgeous! You have such a knack for putting them together.Just the right amount of vines and color in the grouping. Awesome!!

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  6. Lori I like your fake flowers. With our busy schedules who can (or even remember) to water several times a day. You picked perfect ones to put in the pots. I like it a lot.

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  7. Good silk flowers are very acceptable! I know what you mean about small pots needing constant watering. I gave up on small pots outside too. I love your arched planter! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  8. This such a stunning garden piece! Thanks so much for sharing it with us, it is a feature this week! Please stop by and grab a featured button.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  9. How pretty. I use silk plants outside on my deck...no one ever realizes what they are and it saves so much time watering in these hot, dry summer months.

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  10. I used to mix in artificial flowers in my beds in the desert when it was so terribly hot. . No one ever knew. Friends often commented, how did I keep my flowers all summer! Wink! Very pretty post!

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