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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Fertilizer Friday -- Annual Pots and a Few Others

I actually have flowers to show off that I haven't shown in a previous post! I guess that means stuff is really starting to pop, despite a continuing lack of much sunshine (we've had a little), and no heat. We were lucky to just hit 80 on the first day of summer.

I realize I haven't shown my annual containers. I usually plant up quite a few and I just cram them onto my front porch. I don't believe that less is more. Maybe that works with writing, but not with plants.

A couple of months ago, Proven Winners sent me some free plants to trial. There were several different Calibrachoa and Verbena in the package, so I decided to use them in my porch containers. I was originally planning to sow my own annuals, but time got away from me, so this package was most welcome.

This Calibrachoa hybrid, which Proven Winners has named Superbells Grape Punch, was in the package. I planted it with their Verbena called Superbena Royale Peachy Keen.

I cut them back a bit when I planted them (as suggested on their website), and it took them a good few weeks to bulk back up and start blooming again.

Here are a few other Proven Winners that are growing in my porch pots.

Superbells Cherry Star

Superbells Sweet Tart

Superbena Royale Iced Cherry

These Proven Winners plants are new introductions, so new, in fact, that they are not available yet to the general public. They will be available in 2012.

I also have two hanging baskets on the pillars by my porch, but when it came time to plant them up, I had run out of Proven Winners annuals. But I found similar plants, in similar colors. It will be interesting to grow them both this year, and compare them.

Calibrachoa Mini-Famous Compact Orange, Calibrachoa Mini-Famous Lavender Blue, and Lobelia Magadi White

Also flowering in pots on the porch:
Euphorbia Breathless Blush

Zinnia 'Starlight Rose' (grown from seed)

Also flowering out in the garden:
Spirea 'Magic Carpet'

Heuchera 'Snow Angel'

Hypericum 'Albury Purple'

Mimulus aurantiacus 'Apricot' (bought from Annie's Annuals earlier this year)

For lots more flowers from all around the world, check out Tootsie Time's Fertilizer Friday post.

P.S. In the interests of full disclosure, I'm including a pic of the letter that I received with the plants from Proven Winners. The plants were free, and I wasn't told what I could (or couldn't) say about them. You may notice that I haven't included the name of the letter writer. It came from Proven Winners' PR and Brand Development Coordinator, and contained that person's phone number and email address. I'm not publishing that info.
Click to make it bigger so you can read it more easily, you nosy people.


  1. Hi Alison, Heuchera 'Snow Angel' has such pretty leaves! Has your spirea plumped out as mine has? Mimulus aurantiacus 'Apricot' has such a soft, sweet color! Here's hoping for a sunny July...maybe we'll all dry out :) Cheers, Jenni

  2. Fabulous flowers! The Grape Punch and Iced Cherry caught my eye from amongst your Proven Winners plants. I just loved that Zinnia and Euphorbia too.

  3. How much fun to trial have some great combinations here!

  4. Alison, you know my philosophy on flowers (and writing) less is definitely not more! I love your collection of potted plants, and how neat that you are able to trial the Proven Winners! I am so hoping you'll let us know which ones you liked the best so we know what to buy next year.

    All of the flowers are amazing, your gardening talents just continue to impress me!

  5. Allison, Your euphorbia and the PW plants are all winners by the photos you show! Lovely!
    Thanks for sharing. I also adore your pond - gorgeous!

  6. Everything is looking beautiful. Those Proven Winners are great! Happy gardening.

  7. Hi Alison. Girl what pretties your are flaunting today. Please keep us updated on the Superbena. I saw them this year and wondered how they would preform. What would we do without those container flowers. You have some lovely Proven Winners growing. The Cherry Star is a pretty little bloom. Heuchera Snow Angel is just the prettiest. I planted one this spring and love it. Those bright blooms just go so well on it. Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. Thanks for making that comment about my 'header photo'. I just changed it last night and I really love that one too. That garden is really at it's best when those phlox are out.

  9. I was going to say how much I like your containers ---- then I saw your Heuchera!! I saw a 'Snow Angel' at Park Seed on Monday in a display garden....what a cool Heuchera. I love it!! I am also in envy of your Hypericum, 'Alsbury Purple', have been looking at that one since last year. Great plants!!!

  10. Hypericum is quite a stunning little thing!

  11. Where do I start? Every photo shows gorgeous flowers. 'Sweet Tart' is gorgeous. I really like that new Euphorbia. Your 'Snow Angel' and 'Magic Carpet' remind me how mine SHOULD look. :) Love that Zinnia. From seed? Nice!!

  12. I'll take one of every petunia that you have there please, LOL. Oh my I can't wait for the grape colored ones.

    Love that PW is always on the forefront.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

  13. Alison, lucky you on the free plants to test. ;)
    I'm especially fond of the Heuchera, Zinnia, Euphorbia, Superbells Cherry Star... actually they are all so lovely, and I may have to look into that delicate Mimulus aurantiacus 'Apricot' for next year.
    PS: supposedly today will be 73 and tomorrow 80 down here in the valley. Do you think we are finally going to get some warmer temps?

  14. Lovely post! Cherry star is especailly beautiful. I like how you've arranged the pots in a seating area, gives nice height!

  15. girl...your trials look great!!! Mine are just catching on now...they arrived about a month ago...and it has been a cold rainy summer so far...fingers crossed that they get big and beautiful like we all want!!!
    Thanks for linking in this week...I love seeing your gardens!!!


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