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Big Balls of Colour

By Joannabanana
May 16, 2012

You see them hanging 12 feet up along boulevards, blowing in the wind and totally exposed to the elements. Big beautiful balls of colour! How is this possible for the entire season? You rarely see anyone maintaining them. Ah - but they are. Let's have a look at how you can create and maintain your own big ball of colour in your garden.

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Name: Renée
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KyWoods
May 15, 2012 6:58 PM CST
Thanks so much for the detailed instructions for creating a beautiful basket. Are all of these your creations? They're gorgeous!
Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
May 15, 2012 7:23 PM CST
Thank you Renee! Yes, except for the photo at the parade with the car...a commercial greenhouse did that one for the town.

This is how my fetish for petunias became. All the baskets I had done in early years really were dogs. Every year my family would go to watch a parade in the small town that I grew up (near), I was raised on a farm. Anyways, I made it a mission to figure out how to create these big displays for my garden.

By importance:
1. Plant variety
2. Size of pot to pot into
3. Number of plants per basket
4. Fertilizer (slow release and bloom booster) and water frequently. The bigger the pot, the less maintenance
4. strong sturdy bracket and location
Oh and I do not deadhead..no time.

Thanks a bunch!!

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kqcrna
May 15, 2012 8:00 PM CST
Nice job, Joanne. You are the queen of flowering containers!

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Name: Vicki
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vic
May 15, 2012 8:02 PM CST
Beautiful Joanne!

I could look at your gardens, containers forever.

Thank you so much for all the info Thumbs up
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 15, 2012 8:17 PM CST
Hurray! Joanne your article makes me think I can do this and succeed. Thank you so much for the great instructions. Thumbs up
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
May 15, 2012 11:05 PM CST
Thanks for excellent instructions to create these wonderful baskets!
Name: Raindancer
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Raindancer
May 16, 2012 5:29 AM CST
Thanks indeed Joanne! You've inspired me this morning and I'm off to the garden shop.
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ssgardener
May 16, 2012 5:58 AM CST
Joanne, thank you so much for the specific guidelines for petunia variety and flower/basket size and ratio.
Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
May 16, 2012 6:28 AM CST
I tip my hat to you.

I invite all of you to take a before, mid summer and late season picture of your masterpiece to share with this article. This year, My front yard has Pink, White and Burgundy, Back yard is Blue (looks dark purple), lavender and burgundy. I have just started doing my baskets & window boxes. It may snow on Friday, so I will add this year's photos next week.
Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
May 16, 2012 6:57 AM CST
I have just started, but here's some hanging baskets that I potted into bigger baskets/barrels
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Name: Mary
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MaryE
May 16, 2012 3:12 PM CST
What wonderful information and great pictures! It's truly inspiring! Thank you!
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Name: Joanne
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Joannabanana
May 16, 2012 3:46 PM CST
Thank you Mary. I'm crossing my fingers that we get rain and not snow this weekend.
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Claudia
May 16, 2012 4:51 PM CST
I have had several failures in trying to do this....Thank you so much for great instructions!!
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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
May 16, 2012 7:23 PM CST
thank you Joanne... always a great read & photos are always fantastic... and thanks for the tip about putting hd plastic in the fiber pots.. great idea!!!
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Sep 13, 2012 10:04 AM CST

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Great article, I really want to plan some for next year! Where do you get the heavy duty plastic though?
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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Sep 13, 2012 10:12 AM CST
I bought a roll of Vapour Plastic that is in the building home reno area at Home Depot. Economical, Easy to store and lots for years to come
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Sep 13, 2012 10:19 AM CST

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Ahh but of course, probably something they use for greenhouse type structures here. Thanks Joanne!
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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Sep 13, 2012 11:47 AM CST
Perhaps for greenhouses. The stuff I bought is for sealing off the insulation in your walls, then gyprock.
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Sep 13, 2012 12:37 PM CST

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OK, I will look for that, thanks again!
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Name: Vicki
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vic
Sep 13, 2012 1:12 PM CST
A common name in this country Sue is visqueen used as vapor barrier.

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