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Hanging Baskets

June 20th, 2009

I love hanging baskets! Particularly ones overflowing with petunias. I love it when little towns have baskets of petunias from every light pole.
hanging petunia baskets downtown
These people must like petunias as much as I do, if I had railings they’d probably look like this as well.
petunias on porch
We have a long porch, it goes across the entire front of our house, which is 44 feet long. We have space for 4 hanging baskets, in between the porch posts. Each year I buy grow or buy some petunias and plant them in my baskets and wait a few months for them to spill over and become lush. It seems like about the time they get really pretty, frost is just around the corner.
hanging baskets on porch
This year I had planned on growing tumbling tom tomatoes in my hanging baskets, I’ve seen photos of them overflowing the basket will lovely tiny red tomatoes. My tumbling toms look nothing like the photos I’ve seen, they’re kind of leggy and not pretty at all, perhaps they’re not really tumbling toms since I got them from a seed swap.
Farmer's Market
Luckily when I was at the farmer’s market last week there was an older Amish gentleman selling these lovely hanging baskets. I asked him how much and he said, “$15 each, or if you buy 3 or more I’ll give them to you for $10, how many do you want?”. I said I’d like 4, he said “Well, I’ll give them all to you for $35 then”.
hanging basket of superbells 2
What a deal for these lovely baskets! I brought them home and transplanted them to my baskets and they’re instantly lush and beautiful on my front porch. Aren’t they lovely?
Purple Petunias in hanging basket
I ended up with 2 that are the same, they’re big petunias, purple and purple and white ones. I got one basket of purple and white superbells and a basket of petunias and trailing blue bacopa.

What about you, what’s your favorite hanging basket flower?

Do you love hanging baskets?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.