container gardening 2017

It’s no secret that I love container gardening.


And although my love for container gardening stemmed from marketing traditional planters I love to use unusual containers as well.

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It adds another layer of interest to pretty flowers and foliage.

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IIt has been incredibly hot here this summer in northern california & while I was away on vacation I had one of Master Masterpiece’s friends from the neighborhood tending to my plants.

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Well, I don’t think watering was a daily occurrence and I had some casualties.

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Plus I’ve added more since my original plantings at the beginning of the summer and some annuals have come & gone as well.

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 One of the many great things about container gardening is that you can change it up quite easily and move along with the seasons.

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I have some containers on the front porch and others in different areas of the back patio, which I can move around and rearrange.

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I love how forgiving and fanciful container gardening can be.
Here you can see more of my container gardening endeavors:
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Life’s a garden — dig it.

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  1. Saw this on the DIY Mommy Link Party and love it. I would have never thought to use a vintage bread box as a planter. I’ve used old time pitchers for bird houses though. Now I’m on the hunt for a bread box! Love it.

  2. Beautiful! I love the breadbox as a planter. Your plants are all so pretty!

  3. Lol! Thanks cindy. When I bought it I did not have this in mind but I loved the colors and of course that it’s metal. I’m sad that it’s faded quite a bit in the sun but I still love it. xo- mj

  4. Thnx Pam! I knew I wasn’t going to use it for bread but I had to have it. It was a thrift store find. xo- mj

  5. Joanna says:

    Oh wow, I love this! I too love to find creative containers to plant in. I’m a newbie garden blogger and I’d love it if you’d stop by and have a look around. I also have a post on creative containers.

  6. Joanna says:

    I tried to subscribe to your blog, but I get a bunch of techno gibberish when I click on the button.

  7. I love container gardening, Thanks for sharing on #OMHGWW this week.
    Come see us again soon. And dont forget I host a Friday Feature Linky party as well.
    Have a wonderful week!

  8. Such creative use of various containers! The plants and flowers are lovely, and the unique containers add to the beauty of the scene.
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

  9. Hi Karren! Thanks so much for stopping by & leaving a sweet comment. I will definitely join your Friday festivities. xo- mj

  10. Thanks so much Carol! It’s a way to use some containers that I’m drawn to but don’t necessarily need in their conventional manner. xo- mj

  11. Your plants look great, despite the extra care given them while you were on vacation. I love the variety of containers. Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

  12. Sylvia D. says:

    MaryJo, I have planted tomatoes in a pot for the first time this year. I’m disappointed with the results but after a discussion with my sister I may not have enough sun to grow them well. I want to do cutting flowers next year so I can have fresh flowers on my table. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day. Sylvia D.

  13. Julie says:

    Such pretty containers. I had a similar thing last year, our daughter was at home whilst we were on holiday and didn’t realise the pots needed water every day that it doesn’t rain! This year she was all over it and everything is thriving!

  14. I love all of your great container ideas. And your plants are so beautiful.

  15. Thanks for stopping by Chloe. And yes the “extra care” {lol} I love it! See u at celebrate your story! xo- mj

  16. Hi Sylvia- yes tomatoes need plenty of sun. We have a vegetable with raise beds too and I love harvesting things for dinner. I had a post about our veggie garden last summer & I hope to post one of this season. Thanks for stopping by! xo- mj

  17. Hi julie. Yup they need regular water. Also feed them regularly. I just use miracle grow every other week or so. Thanks for dropping in. xo- mj

  18. Thanks for your sweet comment Debra! xo- mj

  19. Jann Olson says:

    Mary Jo, I love container gardening! It is fun to move things around for a change. I was looking at some of mine this evening as I was watering. Thinking I may pull a few things out and tuck in some fall elements soon. Thanks for sharing your pretties with SYC.

  20. MaryJo, I love your beautiful container gardening and you are doing it so creatively!. The bread box is fabulous!…each vignette is perfect! Thanks for sharing at Gardens Galore! Happy Gardening

  21. Kathleen says:

    What an absolutely lovely container garden! I especially love the vintage bread container and the burlap. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!
    xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

  22. Jann Olson says:

    Hi Mary Jo, just hopping by to let you know that I will be featuring you at SYC tomorrow.

  23. Maristella says:

    So beautiful!

  24. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment Pam. Container gardening is so fun & even better with creative containers and garden accents. xo- mj

  25. Thanks so much kathleen! Yes, the burlap is fun for sure. I’m sad the bread box has gotten so faded but it’s because it’s getting good use I guess. xo- mj

  26. You are incredibly sweet Jann. Thank you so much; I am honored. xo- mj

  27. Thank you Maristella! xo- mj

  28. Karen B. says:

    Love the breadbox and especially the Old Bay container! Thanks for sharing!

  29. thanks karen! xo- mj

  30. Jodie says:

    CONGRATs – I featured this post – just LOVE the bread box combo…
    hope you grab the button & join this week’s party:
    Its still & growing all week :)…

  31. Love all the containers, especially the breadbox!

  32. thanks Debra! xo- mj

  33. thanks jodie! you’re so sweet. I love your party & joining every week. xo- mj

  34. thanks donna! xo- mj

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