Containers forum: Planning window boxes & containers for 2014

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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Feb 23, 2014 9:42 AM CST
I have decided to do my front yard containers & window boxes pink & white. In 2012, used a lot of Supertunia Vista Bubblegum, which is my fave petunia and loved the display that year. I just pre-ordered 50 Bubblegum.

Here's what they looked like in 2012. We face NW, with large mature evergreens that shade the front yard. Vista Bubblegum seems to do fine with the part sun conditions




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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Feb 23, 2014 10:33 AM CST
Going to look great! Love Bubblegum petunia such a beautiful Pink. Keep us posted when you plant up. When do you start your containers, maybe mid-May?
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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Feb 23, 2014 10:43 AM CST
Yes, mid to late May, depending on weather. I had used a bi-color Whispers Apple Blossom petunia in 2012 and will need to find something else, since that variety will be near impossible to find locally.

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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Feb 23, 2014 11:12 AM CST
Love your gardens!!! Thumbs up
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 23, 2014 8:59 PM CST

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Joanne I can't wait to see this years flower show. You always do such a spectacular job of planting and caring for the plants. I remember the photos from past years. Lovey dubby
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Feb 23, 2014 9:16 PM CST
Thanks Lynn! It will all depend on what the garden centers have. I'm travel a lot with my new job and don't have the energy or time to do major seed starting
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 23, 2014 9:33 PM CST

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I don't know how you get it all done. And keep everything watered.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Feb 23, 2014 9:38 PM CST
Mulch all pots with bark mulch and use big pots. We don't really get "hot" temps here and the nights are very cool. Rarely get over 30ºC (86ºF) and on those hot days our nights still go down to 15ºC (60ºF) I water the front every 3rd day or so and the back every 2nd day when it is warm
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 24, 2014 8:22 AM CST

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So not as bad as I thought it would be. How long does it take you on the days you water?
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Feb 24, 2014 8:24 AM CST
To water all the containers & baskets, 1hour for both front & back. 45 minutes for the back yard
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 24, 2014 8:35 AM CST

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That is not bad at all. With the amount you have planted I thought it would be an almost all day event.
It truly is amazing and beautiful.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Feb 24, 2014 8:38 AM CST
I have my hoses & wands set up with quick connects & shut off valves so I can hook to another hose or change out the wand in a snap. It saves me a lot of time. I also water until the water drain through the drain holes
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Feb 24, 2014 3:40 PM CST
And all that beauty in Canada!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 24, 2014 8:51 PM CST

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Thank you for all the helpful information Joanne.

It is beautiful, isn't it David. Smiling
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Feb 24, 2014 8:58 PM CST
*Blush*
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 24, 2014 9:05 PM CST

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Not everyone can create a display like the ones you create Joanne. I so love looking at your photos.
Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
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Joannabanana
Feb 24, 2014 9:24 PM CST
You are welcome to visit anytime!!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 24, 2014 9:27 PM CST

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I wish I could. What a treat that would be.
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HollyAnnS
Feb 27, 2014 5:08 AM CST
That is just beautiful. I plant Caladiums in my boxes and last year I planted diamond frost euphorbia in with them.
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Name: Joanne
Calgary, AB Canada (Zone 3a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Region: Canadian Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Roses
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Container Gardener Vegetable Grower Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Joannabanana
Jun 25, 2014 10:34 PM CST
Here's how they turned out. they should fill in nicely
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