Trinity Front Containers 2013

by Patrick 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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