In The Pink!

callie_pinkblush

“Coffee.  Garden.  Coffee.  Does a good morning

need anything else?”  – Betsy Cañas Garmon

It’s been so much fun putting together some of the containers on the balcony — I’m not quite finished planting, but pretty much.  I have to stop buying plants as I just don’t have the room for them.  Above, deep red Calibrachoa and a new impatiens, Elfin Blush, will hopefully make a pretty combination.  You can’t really see it from this photo, but this impatiens is the softest, yet strong, pink with a red center.  The Calibrachoa comes in so many beautiful colours, I could just use it in everything!

callie_coleus

In another container, I used a coral pink Calibrachoa (which has a deep red center) and coleus.  I’ve never used coleus before, even though it’s a standard in a lot of gardens, but I thought this would be a good combination.  We’ll see how it grows.  Again, you can find coleus in so many gorgeous colours now, including the russets/browns/golds.  I used another Calibrachoa in a railing box planter — it’s a pretty lavender blue.  Once it has established itself, I’ll take a better photo of it.  I have other planters and containers finished, and will take some more photos later today when I tidy the balcony a little bit.
Another nice surprise is pictured below — the moth orchid which lost its buds before they could open is setting out a new shoot!  I’m so pleased.  I “pruned” it, following directions I found online, as soon as the buds were gone and it will hopefully reward me with blooms.  It’s been repotted in a different medium — perhaps it likes it better.

In another container, I used a coral pink Calibrachoa (which has a deep red center) and coleus.  I’ve never used coleus before, even though it’s a standard in a lot of gardens, but I thought this would be a good combination.  We’ll see how it grows.  Again, you can find coleus in so many gorgeous colours now, including the russets/browns/golds.  I used another Calibrachoa in a railing box planter — it’s a pretty lavender blue.  Once it has established itself, I’ll take a better photo of it.  I have other planters and containers finished, and will take some more photos later today when I tidy the balcony a little bit.

Another nice surprise is pictured below — the moth orchid which lost its buds before they could open is setting out a new shoot!  I’m so pleased.  I “pruned” it, following directions I found online, as soon as the buds were gone and it will hopefully reward me with blooms.  It’s been repotted in a different medium — perhaps it likes it better.

orchid_newgrowth

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Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

3 thoughts on “In The Pink!”

  1. Love your colorful containers, Nancy! You have a great eye not only for stunning flower companions but behind the camera lens. Weekend hugs! I’m at the lake, waiting for sunset …

    I’m pea green with envy, Joey…sunset at the lake. It just doesn’t get any better than that. I’m glad you like the flower combinations — I’ll post some more photos tomorrow. Now, if I could just find pots large enough for my tomatoes!

  2. Hi Nancy,
    I recall reading in the past that you don’t have a yard but you have a balcony? Is that right?
    I’m so happy to see you taking advantage of your precious space and beautifying it with your potted garden!

    Gorgeous colors, I hope you get a lot of inspiration from it and keep that wonderful poetry and prose coming.
    Shirley

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