Our winter has been extremely gloomy this year but then something amazing happened; we ended January with temperatures in the 70’s. This inspired me to update the front yard planters because sometimes they can look a little tired between seasons.
Finding plants to purchase this time of year can sometimes be difficult, especially if you live in much colder climates. This time I kept things simple and unfortunately found myself at the larger box store nurseries, this is never my first choice but I was in a hurry.
Store visit number one left me with a combination of dwarf Dianthus, Snow Cone Candytuft and Asian Jasmine. I love this type of green Jasmine in planters because it offers a nice texture and color.
What I really wanted were pansies because I sold the chickens over the weekend and I can finally have pansies in the front yard without concern of them becoming a chicken snack. This took me to store visit number two.
There I found many colorful pansies and I was so excited that I grabbed without really thinking, it was that light blue color almost lavender that really caught my attention and I’ll tell you why in a moment.
If you live in much colder climates this type of planting activity might not be possible. However you can always update planters with fun gourds and interesting pieces of enamelware or figurines.
I ended up cleaning out most of the front yard planters starting back at square one. This 2 x 4 planter is a favorite and very easy to build; you can find that tutorial here. The enamelware next to the dianthus and snow cone will look even better once it begins blooming additional flowers.
Finally we’re back at that pretty blue almost lavender pansy, I purchased two and may go back to get more. They fit perfectly in these clay pots nestled in the corners of this fun planter I made last fall. That color feels like my heart right now. Kind of like it has a lot to say but I’m not sure how to say it…. So I guess I’ll keep updating planters between the seasons until I can find the right words to express my thoughts.. But don’t these planters look better?