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  1. Linda @ a design snack
    September 24, 2014
    09/24/14
    7:50 am

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    Linda @ a design snack said...

    Gardening is an act of hope. I do love your watering can. Very Beatrix Potter.

    09/26/14
    7:15 am
    Lisa said...

    @Linda @ a design snack, Yes, if Beatrix lived in California and wrote Rocky Raccoon:).

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  2. WorthyStyle
    September 24, 2014
    09/24/14
    8:34 am

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    WorthyStyle said...

    I love your layered container garden! My parents have multiple home-made raised/boxed garden beds which have yielded a lot of wonderful things for them. Their passive-solar house is on top of a ridge, so while it is great for sunlight the ridgetop has thick Virginia clay – raised garden beds to the rescue! Both flora and edibles have rejoiced since then :)

    09/26/14
    7:17 am
    Lisa said...

    @WorthyStyle, Your parents’ place sounds amazing. And passive solar, good for them!

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  3. Candace
    September 24, 2014
    09/24/14
    8:37 am

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    Candace said...

    A beautiful, colorful garden such as yours nurtures the soul, don’t you think? It makes your sofa perch that much more delightful and the lovely blossoms from all your plantings brings joy to you each day. Love your potted garden and the variety of plantings. I have a sitting spot that overlooks a park and some rolling hills. It’s my thoughtful spot ( like Winnie the Pooh’s!)

    09/26/14
    7:22 am
    Lisa said...

    @Candace, Yes, being able to look up and let my gaze wander is on my top 10 for mental health list. I’d love to overlook rolling hills, too.

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  4. Susan
    September 24, 2014
    09/24/14
    9:15 am

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    Susan said...

    I enjoyed this! One never knows what will happen when seeds are planted.

    09/26/14
    7:27 am
    Lisa said...

    @Susan, Hence gardening’s long-running role as über-metaphor:). Glad you liked it.

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  5. Carol
    September 24, 2014
    09/24/14
    9:28 am

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    Carol said...

    “Such is gardening” is so true. Another of my favorite sayings is “To plant a garden is to believe in the future.”

    As your container garden is right outside a window, did you know that the very deep purple petunias – and only those, so far as I know – have a slightly spicy scent, reminiscent of cloves? That might be nice for those open window days.

    09/26/14
    7:28 am
    Lisa said...

    @Carol, My petunias have oddly given up the ghost! But thanks to you, I caught a whiff before they left.

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  6. RoseAG
    September 24, 2014
    09/24/14
    9:36 am

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    RoseAG said...

    Flowers in pots are about my speed. They usually sit someplace where I will see them in the course of a normal day, and it’s easy to pinch, weed or water while going about my business.

    If I get things in the corners of my yard it seems like so much effort to tend them, I’m almost certain to forget about them.

    You get extra credit for doing it from seed!

    09/26/14
    7:37 am
    Lisa said...

    @RoseAG, Yes, if you can tend to something as an offshoot of puttering, it’s great. And the from seed wasn’t hard work at all, more like entertainment!

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  7. Sandra Sallin
    September 24, 2014
    09/24/14
    9:51 am

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    Sandra Sallin said...

    Oh, I don’t dare plant anything in Southern California. We just don’t have water. My sylvan glen is turning into a desert! Lucky you. Doesn’t it feel good to plant and actually have the plants grow and flourish?

    09/26/14
    7:52 am
    Lisa said...

    @Sandra Sallin, We don’t have a lot of water. But these plants in pots only need about 2 watering cans worth per week. I’d rather let my small lawn die – it’s a commodity – and enjoy the individuality of flowers.

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  8. déjà pseu
    September 24, 2014
    09/24/14
    10:54 am

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    déjà pseu said...

    Starting from seeds, I admire your perseverance. I’m a pony pack gal myself. Want to see what I’m getting.

    09/26/14
    7:53 am
    Lisa said...

    @déjà pseu, Ha! That can be the title of your autobiography. Pony Pack Gals Want To See What They Are Getting:).

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  9. Jan’s Sushi Bar
    September 24, 2014
    09/24/14
    11:09 am

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    Jan's Sushi Bar said...

    I have that very same pair of green Crocs. You have no idea how absurdly thrilled that makes me.

    09/26/14
    7:57 am
    Lisa said...

    @Jan’s Sushi Bar, Hooray! I’m thrilled too:). I love my green Crocs, they remind me not to take myself too seriously. Of course, plants do that too.

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  10. Frances/Materfamilias
    September 24, 2014
    09/24/14
    12:23 pm

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    Frances/Materfamilias said...

    So satisfying, isn’t it, to plan a project like that and see it flourish so beautifully! I really want/need to get back to the garden — I’ve been letting P do way too much of it, and I miss it. . .
    I’m curious — will those keep on growing through the next few months, and flowering as well? Most of our herbaceous perennials and all the annuals will have disappeared here by the end of October. . .
    (and echoing Sue in the True Confessions — I rarely have the patience or discipline for nurturing seeds)

    09/26/14
    8:01 am
    Lisa said...

    @Frances/Materfamilias, I don’t actually know what’s going to happen! This is the first time I’ve planted without the thought that I’d refill with the next season. The bougainvillea should, except I now believe it’s not getting enough sun and may have to be moved…

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  11. Ellen
    September 24, 2014
    09/24/14
    12:39 pm

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    Ellen said...

    Lacking enough sun, and a long enough growing season, I probably couldn’t do this combo. I’m still figuring out the sun in our new home, and unlike California, we have been plagued by overly wet gardens for part of this year. Dark purple petunias went into my pots this year, and thrived for awhile, and then quit. Just as I thought about pulling them out, the nights turned cooler, and the petunias came back. I would love to see such a pretty sight from my front window, but shaded by a large oak tree, this will likely never happen!

    09/26/14
    8:02 am
    Lisa said...

    @Ellen, I guess you’d have to find a set of fast-growers if you started from seed. And those who tolerate shade. Wonder what that Venn diagram looks like. Hmm.

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  12. Mardel
    September 24, 2014
    09/24/14
    2:15 pm

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    Mardel said...

    Oh such a thrill. I have been continually amazed over the years, how such a simple thing as a few seeds in a pot can bring such enormous joy. This summer my pots were abandoned as I was away far too much of the summer, and fall is advancing too rapidly to have much hope for a long growing season. But there is next year.

    09/26/14
    8:05 am
    Lisa said...

    @Mardel, And besides, you have a whole hill as your container right now;).

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  13. Duchesse
    September 24, 2014
    09/24/14
    2:37 pm

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    Duchesse said...

    Enjoying your spirit of experimentation and flexibility; also, what a joy to have little girls come over to help. Gardening to me is most fun when it involves a community or at least neighbours.

    09/26/14
    8:05 am
    Lisa said...

    @Duchesse, I used to encourage the neighbors to pick when we grew tomatoes in the front yard raised bed.

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  14. Kathryn
    September 24, 2014
    09/24/14
    6:20 pm

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    Kathryn said...

    Watching things grow is (more than?) half the fun, don’t you think?

    09/26/14
    8:09 am
    Lisa said...

    @Kathryn, Yes. I was like a little kid, squealing and poking packages on Christmas.

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  15. Bungalow Hostess
    September 24, 2014
    09/24/14
    10:02 pm

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    Bungalow Hostess said...

    Your high WASP hands have turned a delicate shade of green and it suits you!
    Show what you grow and share what you know…our Victoria Horticultural Society motto.
    Hope you keep your hand in…

    09/26/14
    8:09 am
    Lisa said...

    @Bungalow Hostess, I will absolutely do that.

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  16. Faux Fuchsia
    September 25, 2014
    09/25/14
    3:28 am

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    Faux Fuchsia said...

    as a keen gardener I am 11/10 proud of you x

    09/26/14
    8:09 am
    Lisa said...

    @Faux Fuchsia, You and Hostess must help me keep my standards high!

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  17. GSL
    September 25, 2014
    09/25/14
    1:05 pm

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    GSL said...

    I’m going to try this next Spring and hope it turns out half as well.

    09/26/14
    8:10 am
    Lisa said...

    @GSL, You are so kind, sir!

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  18. dkzody
    September 25, 2014
    09/25/14
    3:42 pm

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    dkzody said...

    Your gardening has gone so much better than mine, but I think your weather is more conducive. Due to the very serious lack of water here, I am not planing anything.

    09/26/14
    8:11 am
    Lisa said...

    @dkzody, I’ve been amazed at how much garden I get for how little water. As I said above, my little lawns are bearing the brunt.

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  19. Holly Rose
    September 25, 2014
    09/25/14
    4:29 pm

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    Holly Rose said...

    I maintain 3 sites in Florida; a French Bakery, a clothing shop, and an Episcopal Church’s memorial garden and front beds in New Smyrna Beach. Gardening never ceases to amaze and amuse!

    09/26/14
    8:11 am
    Lisa said...

    @Holly Rose, Ooh. Would love to see photos!

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