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Container Gardens

> Welcome. I am so happy that you stopped by. Would you like to join me in my garden to relax and smell the flowers while having a cup of yummy Pomegranate tea? I would love to share parts of my container garden with you and the fun news that my container garden is featured in Country Almanac's Container Gardens magazine.

The beautiful cover photo was taken by Jerry Pavia and the lovely photos of my garden were taken by Mark Lohman and styled by Sunday Hendrickson. I was so honored and excited when Associate Editor Diane Speros contacted me earlier this year with the news that she wanted to feature my garden in the 2010 issue of Container Gardens and that she was writing an article "Artist's Vision" about my garden and how to create and instant cottage garden using containers.

The above photo was featured in the magazine and is an example of an "artful accent" on the back of my Adirondack that gets a flourish with a planter filled with mini zinnias.

Diane Speros's beautifully written article really captured the story of my personal garden that I created when I downsized from a large home with a generously sized garden to my Cape Cod Town Home with a smaller garden. The article is filled with lots of tips on creating a lush garden using containers, decorative details and re purposing and recycling using flea market finds.

I would like to thank Diane for getting to know me and my garden and then writing an article with so much useful and practical information to share with the magazine readers.

You can view the entire article on the side bar on my blog under Press or better still you can purchase the magazine on the news stands to get the full impact of the beautiful photographs and article.

I will be taking a blog break for the next few weeks getting ready for the Balboa Island Art Walk show on May 17th. Please enjoy my personal photographs and tips on my container garden while I am on a blog break.

My blue chair was featured in the magazine and it is a great example of how flowers planted in pots can give your garden a very lush look.

A flea market wash stand makes a great container for plants. I planted Azaleas in the wash bowl and hung one of my little garden hat paintings on the stand for a touch of "Art In The Garden"

The same container shown in the magazine only this time I planted it with happy little pansies.

Geraniums planted in a window box attached to an old window with mirrors.

Bentley, my helpful Studio Assistant, helping with Natstrums and Geraniums waiting to be planted in a container.

This is one of my favorite areas for container plants. The old white bench was also featured in the magazine. It was planted with pinks and blues in the magazine. I have since added lots of reds to my garden. Note the old blue tool boxes that now have a new home as planters. The bench was given to me by a neighbor - it was originally a seat in a Boston Whaler boat.

Another favorite "container" is the basket of my old vintage Rocket bicycle.

A close up view of the old bench with a tool box planter.

A flea market white wicker chair surrounded by pots of flowers in containers.

Containers can also be hung on a fence.

Containers filled with lavender soften an old Adirondack chair.

One of my favorite tips for container gardening is to use mirrors in your garden to reflect flowers planted in containers. I have three mirrors in my garden. The angel and mirror are garage sale finds.

Another example of adding color to your garden by using pots and an old tool box. I also use old rugs and lots of fabric on my chairs to add another dimension and to tie in the colors.

I hope you enjoy smelling the flowers while I am on a blog break.

Thank you Diane Speros for sharing my container garden with the readers of Country Almanac's Container Gardens magazine and for letting me share your beautiful article with the readers of my blog. The article is on my side bar - under Press.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I love hearing from you and sincerely appreciate your visits, comments and those of you who are following my blog. If you would like to see me paint something special or have any questions, please leave me a comment or send me an e-mail.

I am sorry that I have not had time to visit each one of you as I am getting ready for the Balboa Island Artwalk this month and simply have not had time. I promise to visit you after the art show. Have a lovely week. Blessings, Erin

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