Well folks, I'm sorry for the radio silence over here the last two or three weeks. I literally have been coming up dry as far as things to share and also, I've been working my fanny off repainting our master bedroom which I plan to share with you tomorrow!
Earlier this summer I shared a What's in Our Planters Post which you can view here. I loved the flowers we chose and how they popped against our blue door (view posts on that), but due to a very hot summer and failure to water, they've since gone to the land where dead flowers go.
Honestly though, I was more sad about my ferns than the flowers. If you've ever been to Charleston you know how almost every house has these beautiful ferns hanging from their porch and I just love it so much. Well apparently if you don't water those ferns every day, they don't stay beautiful.
I finally had enough of walking up to dead plants when I came home or looked out our front door so I made a stop by our local nursery. They had flats of annuals on clearance and had ferns for buy one get one free. Score!
My method of picking flowers and plants right now is very scientific. It involves me walking around the nursery and reading the labels on the little cards that they stick in the plants. That's about as much time as I put into my gardening research for the time being.
I ended up going with Vinca for our planters that sit on the steps because the card said it was ideal for hot and dry environments and well drained soil. Hello, South Carolina summer and Whitney's planters. (Here's a great article I found on how to take of your vinca flowers.)
One of the ladies that works at the nursery recommended these ferns instead of the ones I had previously because they are supposed to be hardier and require less water. I could have swore she told me they were balsam ferns, but I couldn't find anything on the internet called that. I think they are asparagus ferns, but I'm not really sure so if anyone knows for sure, I would love it if you'd leave a note in the comments!
So far the new plants are holding up well. I've been working on my watering habits. The ferns are a little confusing to me because some of the branches have yellowed and when I researched it everything said that it could be because of too much water or not enough. I mean, hello! I have no idea. I backed off on the water a little and that seemed to help some so we'll see. I'm just hoping they at least make it through to October and than I'll more than likely plant them in the back yard or move them inside at that time.
What are you planning on putting in your planters or garden for some fall color? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!