A Time to Plant...

As May Day approaches, I always begin to think about what flowers I will plant in my flower pots. I tend to take a fairly traditional approach, partly because I like the simple look, but admittedly partly because I really don't know that much about plants. 

My husband has an aunt named Evelyn who always produces lush, beautiful flower pots with a kaleidoscope of color. Me...not so much! The main thing I vary is the color of the geraniums...red, pink, or white? And I change up the fillers and trailing annuals once in a while. I know, I know...a little boring! I'm also a little spoiled by Costco's beautiful geranium plants at such a reasonable price. Since I plant 10 pots, I need quite a few flowers and the cost adds up! My other favorite places to purchase flowers are Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville and even Fred Meyer for the filler flowers. 

When I'm out shopping or walking and see some lovely flower pots, I often stop to take a photo, thinking maybe next year I will venture out and try something new! Like these that caught my eye in Stillwater, MN...

Or these beauties in Edmonds, WA...

Or this gorgeous hanging basket at University Village in Seattle...

 Sorry...photo is a little fuzzy!

Sorry...photo is a little fuzzy!

Or how about these from Anchorage, Alaska...

 photo via pinterest...

photo via pinterest...

 Photo via pinterest...

Photo via pinterest...

 Photo via pinterest...

Photo via pinterest...

Are you inspired yet? I'm getting excited to get out there and purchase some flowers very soon. I tend to follow Aunt Evelyn's rule of thumb for planting annuals in the Pacific Northwest. She plants hers in the middle of May...right around Mother's Day. By then the danger of frost is gone...almost always! 

Though we have had one of the rainiest season on record here, I'm believing the sun will show itself for more than a day soon...very soon! Let the Sunshine In...

Warmly, Gracia