Tea time?

I thought today would be one of those lazy days where I would enjoy my garden from my favorite chair near the woodstove. Cup of tea in hand and a few of my favorite conifer books by my side, my plan was to remain warm and dry while dreaming of new conifers and where I might plant them. The morning was going as planned until I began to feel a little restless.

First I noticed that my foot was keeping fast tempo to music that was not playing. I got out of my chair and walked over to my window and noticed that several of my Picea abies and P. glauca cultivars were definitely beginning to push their new bright green spring growth. I sat back down, but I couldn’t keep my mind off of going outside and playing with my conifers.

“It’s just too stinking cold outside” I told myself.

Maturing Container Garden
Dwarf and miniature conifers and companions maturing nicely in a high quality ceramic pot.

Then I remembered my recent purchase of a few of those cute little conifers in the four inch pots that I picked up last week when the weather was nice. I was at the opening day of one of my favorite garden centers. I like to pop in on the first day of the season just to get a peak at some of the new plants fresh from the growers. I had no intention to make a purchase, but those little conifers are so cute, and I can always use more mixed conifer containers on the patio.

Out I go to the potting shed with my big heavy coat, my new little conifers and a couple companion plants to see what I can come up with. My favorite pot lady had a great sale on her excellent ceramic pots a few weeks ago, so I was all set.

I had a great time – even if I was a little cold – placing my new plants with a couple decorative rocks in a nice earth-toned pot. I’m looking forward to the little surprise I will have for my wife when she returns home in an hour or two. In the meantime, now that I’ve spent some quality time in my miniature garden, I am feeling quite satisfied here next to the woodstove. Time to brew another cup of tea.

Conifer Lover

The pot lady

I took a trip to visit the pot lady. She sells absolutely the best pots in town. Her selection is quite varied and when considering the potential lifespan and quality of her pottery, they are a great value.

There really is nothing that can dress up and make the entry, patio or deck more inviting than a collection of premium plants in quality pots. My preference is to collect and plant dwarf and miniature conifers, but other slow growing, hardy plants can be used as companions. If one desires, and has the space large enough, intermediate or even large trees can be planted in some of the huge clay pots that are available today.

Great pots on the patio
Amazing dwarf and miniature conifers, in high quality pots, create an inviting space on the patio.

The pot lady told me that her pots are a much higher quality than the typical terra cotta pots we often find on the shelves of the big box store. Her pots can withstand much colder temperatures without being destroyed by cold snaps in winter (at least in our area).

As I wandered through her large display area I found many “family” groupings of pots. These families would all have similar color, shape and style characteristics within the broad range of sizes from small single plant pots, to shallow bowls (great for miniature gardens), to larger bowls and pots (that might  accommodate  small street trees).  When you choose pots of varying size within a family group and plant them with dwarf and miniature conifers and then place them together on the deck or patio, you are treated with a year-round display that looks like you may have paid a professional designer to create it for you.

I love container gardening with conifers and now I’ve found a great source to supply all my pot needs. Thank you pot lady!

Conifer Lover