Trinity Front Containers 2013

by Patrick Muir on October 25, 2013

Well today is a real milestone in the development of Patrick’s Garden. My regular readers have heard my laments that the quality of the imagery, presented here to date, can’t hold a candle to that of you, my able-bodied friends. Until now…When the going gets tough, the tough have to think smarter. So I approached the local high school principal to see if some your photography students would like to do some community service and in turn I could mentor them based on my many years in advertising management. As you can see here we’re off to a fast start.

 So courtesy of Kale Williams and Kristy Mo of Shawnee Mission North (I’m a proud graduate of Shawnee Mission West), I’m prouder to give you more of the experience of visiting my humble abode. To Kale and Kristy, you don’t know how much joy you’ve given me with the gift of your talent. But while we’re doling out gratitude, let’s not forget about our beloved gardener/bus driver/man amongst men, Todd.
You may recall this is the planter I worked with my buddy Dan on to cradle one of the 2′ wide Kinsman baskets. I thought it was too risky to hang the baskets on trees near the entrance in our Kansas winds. So Dan outdid himself with the design. Am planning on contacting Kinsman this winter to see if they’d be interested in retailing the stands in cedar. As I can’t accept income on Medicaid, I’d only ask for a check for $1 and they be marketed under the brand name Patrick’s Garden. Would you be interested in buying one if it was on the market?
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I realize purple fountain grass has become so pedestrian but isn’t this a grand and dramatic presentation of it? And this is the best treatment I’ve utilized of Dichondra ‘Silver Falls to soften  the stand. I fashioned holes in the side of the coco fiber liner so ‘Silver Falls’ would drape like so. Don’t you love it when things go as planned?  God I love these images by Kristy and I’m sure I will be visiting often this winter.

I paired this planter with a simple clay pot of the Lantana ‘Lucky Lemon Glow’  and the Aussie favorite Scaveola ‘New Wonder’.

It was much more balanced earlier in the season but the lazy days of autumn are ever so kind to lantana.

You know sometimes it really sucks as a quadriplegic (my right arm is typing right now, so officially as a tridripledic) gardener when you just can’t get up and put a tomato cage in a pot when the time comes. The ‘Celebrity’ tomatoes  should have been in the brightly colored  tomato cages that I bought 5 years ago. So it sprawled all over the place but as you can see they worked beautifully earlier

This beautiful capture by Kale is of Coleus ‘Glennis; that was a common name back home which makes sense because it means holy in Welsh, I think this image has an ethereal feel.


‘Glennis’ started to overwhelmed the yellow shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea). As I recall, the original salmon, rose and pink one turned into a messy little buggar back home but certainly looked like more of a shrimp,


Tobacco budworms reared their ugly heads just after these ‘Purple Petticoats’ were starting to look gorgeous. This is the second flush after Todd slashed them back. So sad to declare these will be the last of the Trinity petunias.






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New Hampshire Gardener October 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm

The planters and plants in them look great! I’d buy at least two of your stands if I could find the baskets.


Patrick October 25, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Thanks or the kudos. Kinsman Company sells the basket and I’m proposing they build the stands as well.


Jason October 25, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Wow, really beautifully done containers! And great initiative partnering with volunteer photographers. They do nice work!


Patrick October 25, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Coming from you, that means a lot. Looking forward to a full season. I think this blog might be a beautiful portfolio for some of these young folks.


Dee/reddirtramblings October 29, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Oh my goodness Patrick! Those are splendid! I love them. I love the wonderful planters and what you’ve done with them. I grew the original shrimp plant this year, and it wasn’t overwhelmed like your yellow one. I put it around the fountain with Dallas Red lantana. You and I have remarkable taste don’t we?~~Dee


Patrick December 8, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Yes we do, my daring, red-haired gal. Sounds like a daring combo. Would make a nice complement to my box featuring the golden shrimp plant.


PlantPostings October 30, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Beautiful planters and designs, and it looks like you hired the right students to help tell the story! They’re very talented. I’m a big Lantana and Coleus fan, so I reviewed this post a couple of times. Lovely images.


Patrick December 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Glad I gave you some things to chew on, PP. Thanks for the kudos.


Donna November 2, 2013 at 6:54 pm

I like the stands too and would need to get the baskets. The planters are all wonderful and look great late into the season. I love the combinations of plants as designed. You really lucked out on photographers. They are naturals at taking photos of plants. They have very nice composition skills and worked their lighting well. Bravo.


Patrick December 8, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Will pass on your kind input to Kale and Kristy. Glad you’re a fan of my planters, Donna.


Charlie@Seattle Trekker November 9, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous; great ideas for my future projects.


Patrick December 8, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Means a lot coming from an accomplished gardener like yourself, Charlie.


Layanee November 12, 2013 at 4:10 pm

So glad you found a way to share the fun. There is nothing pedestrian about purple fountain grass when you arrange it so artfully. I love it. Mine languished a bit here this year. I must do a bit better with it next.


Patrick November 15, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Thanks for the kudos, my dear friend. I do have a new respect for PFG now and will always use it. Can’t imagine any7thing added so much majesty to this planter.


snowbird December 2, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Oh wow! What fab pics….I would deffo buy a stand like that!xxx


Patrick December 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Will pass on the feedback to Kinsman shortly.


Phillip December 6, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Thanks for the comment on my blog and it is a great pleasure to find yours. These containers are amazing!!


Patrick December 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm

After seeing your design work, your appreciation means so much more.


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