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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Dancing Ballerinas

 As I've mentioned before, I'm originally from England and I get my love of gardening from my parents.  My mum always has breathtaking baskets of fuschias in the summer.  They have always been one of my favorite plants, the flowers are just delightful, but they don't handle our hot humid summers.

I was surprised this weekend when I saw baskets of them at the garden center, but I suppose it makes sense they would be there now.  Like the pansies which grow in my garden from Thanksgiving to spring, fuschias should do well in our early spring weather.

I'm sure they will fizzle when summer arrives, but until then, I will enjoy them.

I've always thought that the flowers look like little ballerinas.  Don't you agree?

Last year, when Eric was using the barbecue, I noticed flashes of flame coming out underneath!  It was immediately turned off and I got Eric a new grill for Christmas.  The little old grill I had used for years is now officially retired and this year it's guts will be removed and it will be transformed into a planter.

For now, I just set some containers of plants on it.

Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.


Lancashire rose said...

That is certainly a gorgeous basket of fuschias. I have never seen them growing here or even in the nursery, I hope they do well for you.

Annie in Austin said...

We called them ballerinas, too, Jayne. My mother, sister & I grew fuchsias almost every year in Illinois but they didn't last for me in Austin.

On the other hand my friend Sophia lives a few blocks away & she sometimes keeps a fuchsia or two going for most of the summer. But she has a deep porch overhang and sheltering trees making high shade.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Rebecca said...

I've never thought of that before, but they DO look like ballerinas! Great idea to re-use the grill as a planter :)