Our Potted Garden August 5, 2011

The outside “look” of our home is just as important to me as the interior. In fact, I think it’s important that the areas transition easily; that what you see on the outside, gives you a hint of what to expect inside.

Pottery, properly scaled and placed, adds sculptural interest to our landscape. An element that’s been around for thousands of years, pottery compliments the timeless “Italian villa” ambience I’m striving for.

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The pot above was placed to disguise the remains of a tree trunk!

Of course, here in California, with our hot, dry summers, the last thing I want to do is drag a hose around every day, watering potted plants! So, like many folks, we run drip lines to the pots, to cut down on labor. I just planted some succulents in a very cool pot. Bob drilled a hole near the pot’s bottom, with a masonry drill bit, at a low speed. That way, the drip line is less noticeable.
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The drip line enters the pot through the hole at the bottom, coming out at the top of the pot. Then you fill the pot with your plants and soil and your drip lines emerges from the soil, ready to keep the succulents lightly watered.

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Hope you have a chance to enjoy your garden this weekend!

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6 Comments

  1. Marianne on August 5, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    HI Barbara,
    I just love all of your succulents. I wish I had done that in my garden since the heat is really doing a number on things this year. And what a great idea with the drip line. You garden is still looking lovely even with all of this heat.
    Marianne 🙂

    • Barbara Bussey on August 6, 2011 at 6:51 am

      Thanks, Marianne! Fortunately for us, we’ve had a mild summer, compared to other areas. Hope your heat wave breaks soon!
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Barbara

  2. for the love of a house on August 7, 2011 at 8:41 am

    your garden looks so cool and lovely! love all your pots.

    happy sunday to you,
    joan

    • Barbara Bussey on August 7, 2011 at 9:23 am

      Thanks, Joan! If ever you and hubby venture out west, the guest room is waiting for you!

  3. Shelia on August 9, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Hi Barbara! Oh, your gardens, plants and containers are all so lovely!
    Thank you for popping in to my party and I hope you’ll come back again. Now living in Cali, I know you’re not clueless! 🙂
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

    • Barbara Bussey on August 9, 2011 at 8:25 am

      Thanks, Shelia! Stop by and I’ll make cookies for you, too!

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