We have a nice (Linni ) patio just outside our front door. It is a nice area but too hot in the summer to use and much too hot in the afternoon as the sun pours right in there. We have talked about what to do with it for years and have looked at other peoples in the community but had not found any that we really like. We have decided to put up an awning to block out the afternoon sun and put large pots around the sides. The big argument has come from what to put in the pots or to go a long planter. We finally settled on the big Mexican pots and to plant blueberry bushes in the pot. Today we went to Lowes and got the first pot. We also had to get the potting soil since here I can’t just go out and dig some dirt for the pot. I remember when we moved to Blairsville, GA we wanted to put one of my plants into a large pot by the door and we went to the store and asked where we could get some dirt for the pot. The little sales girl looked at us as if we had two heads. She paused a minute and then said ” Take a shovel and go out and dig some, you can’t buy it!!” We died laughing but here in the city we know we can’t just go out a dig it up so we got a large bag of potting soil and a bag of mulch. In Blairsville the town delivered a truck load of mulch to us when we asked about mulch. They got it from chipping up the trees they cut down beside the road. Things sure are different in the country, but then that was 20 years ago and I am sure it is not that way even there any longer. So now I have one plant all potted and set.
This area will hold four or five such pots and we will add the one or two each month. That way it is something we can just work into the weekly budget. When we get them all in we can think about decorating around them but that will wait and see if the bushes like where we have planted them. As you know plants will only grow if they like where you put them. I am glad to be back planting again and hope they like it here too. We have put in a blueberry patch every place we have lived for more than 30 years and always moved just as they got producing well. Maybe this time we will stay long enough to enjoy the fruit. I do need to get another breed so they can cross pollinate.
This is the corner we put it in. The sun will be there by afternoon as they need 6+ hours of direct sun and this plant will get it.
This is the view from our front door. I am standing just inside of the house so I could get out of the sun. You can see the table and chairs that we have breakfast each day and soon it will be cool enough to have lunch there also.
Must run and finish getting dinner ready. Have a great day.