For those of you who don't know my story, I am the proud gold star mother of a navy man. In the spring my flag comes out and flies in my garden from May until Veteran's Day in November. I have replaced my flag many times but it is part of my summer garden display. So the one you see above is ready for replacement but I haven't found one yet this year.
Four years ago I found the begonias that you see pictured at Giant Eagle in the Waterworks. I bought two plants to be hung on my double plant hanger right off the middle of my deck out back.
Last year, I tried lobelia for the blue which as you can see is gorgeous in hanging planters. I started with seeds and nothing grew. I bought a few small plants and put them in my boxes and again they didn't make it.
I should have bought the hanging planters I saw at Home Depot and done the red in white ivy geraniums in the box planters on the railing as I had done in years past.
This year I went a different direction and I bought Fuschia hanging planters for outside my deck. I am trying to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. I still have the box planters but they are going to need some thought as to what to put in them this year.
I tried to winter my fuschia plants and followed the instructions but I ended up with dried up plants that broke off at the roots. I will abandon that idea this year and just concentrate on my hibiscus that I bought to attract butterflies. I think this year I'm going to try to do the hibiscus for the entire garden and I'm up for a Yoshima Cherry Tree like the one we planted at the Legion in my son's memory in the back yard to attract my birds.