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Planting Summer Flowers – Family Plot

– Alright Joellen, so what do
you think about our plantings? – Wow, look at the Dusty Miller! – They do look good, don’t they? They’re big. – It looks great. Yes, but you know what,
since they are bi-annuals, they are trying to bloom. But we don’t want them to bloom for right now,
so we’re going to cut them off. – Ok. And what color
will those blooms be? – They would be yellow. – Yellow, okay. – So they will be pretty. And we may want to let them bloom at some point. – Alright. – But for right now, we
don’t want them to bloom. – Okay. – So, there we go. And you know, we had that
one here that had a problem. And if you notice,
it did come back, it’s still coming back. – Oh it did, it sure did. – But we’re going to get rid
of this dead part out here so, we’ll let that keep growing. – Look at that. – And as you know, these
will last all summer long, so we don’t have
to spend extra money buying flowers for this area. But we’ll add to it, with
some interesting flowers. First, got to get
rid of the pansies. [Chris sighs]
– I know, they look great, don’t they? – They look good. – But, usually when
things look great, it’s the time of year,
we have to change them out so something else will look great. – This is always the
hard part for me though. They look so good. – I know, it’s
hard for everybody. – Oh gosh. Alright, so you
want to get to it? – Yes, let’s start
pulling them up. – There’s that. – Nice. Our amended soil is working. – Yeah, I was going to ask you
what you thought about the soil. – Yeah, I don’t think we
need to amend it anymore, I think what we’ve done is fine. ‘Course, this is Spring, and we’re not going to be
tilling up the garden yet. – Alright Joellen,
I think that’s it, right? – Okay, yes. Now since it’s Spring, and
we’re going to start with a new planting, we’re going to put
a little bit of slow release fertilizer down where
we’re going to plant. And again, we’ll just sprinkle
a little around the area we’re going to plant. [fertilizer rattling] Not a whole lot. And the Dusty Miller
will benefit from it too. – Good. – Very good. Now we’ll get ready
to plant our flowers. – So what are we planting? – Well, we’ve got some
unusual plants this year. – Good, we like that. – We have what they
call a bat plant, or bat-faced cuphea. And if you see the
face of the flower, looks like the face of a bat. – Cool. – So that’s where it
gets its name from. And the most interesting
thing about this plant is that hummingbirds love getting
the nectar from this plant. – Ah. Even better. How ’bout that. – Yes, so you get
some nice color, and the benefit of
feeding hummingbirds. – Ok, what a cool
name as well, right? – With a cool name. – Cool name. – So, we’ll set a
few of these out. – Nice root systems? – Nice roots systems on them. – Good. – Not overly root bound or anything,
so we’ll just be able to plant those
right in the ground. – Okay. – There we go. Well, since we’ve got
such larger plants, we’re going to go
ahead and plant these. You want a trowel,
or you got your own. – I got my own
trusty trowel right here. – Alright, we’ll go
ahead and plant these. – Okay, and do we need to
plant them up a little bit, or what are your
recommendations? – The top level of the plant
needs to be at the soil surface, so just up to the plant. – Just up to the plant. – And next, we’re going
to put in some angelonia. And this one is
called Blue, Big Blue. It should get taller, so
we’ll put a few of these, just in the back. – Okay. – Again, root
systems are pretty good, might want to just
tickle these a little bit to put them in the ground. Next, we’ve got another
somewhat unusual plant, that likes the sun. It’s a Diamond Frost Euphorbia. So a lot of weeds, you know,
around here are eupohorbias. So we know that euphorbias in
general do well in this area. – Oh they do just fine. – We’ll put a few of these out. And then we’ll go
ahead and plant these, and then we’ll fill in
with red begonias last. – So any insect or disease
problems with these plant materials that
we’re planting today? – Have you ever heard of
euphorbias in this area having insect problems? No. – No. [chuckles]
That would be no. – That’s why you go
with the wild flowers, if you keep with plant varieties
that are similar and related to the wildflowers and, you
know, you can call them weeds, but, of the area, then you’re
pretty much going to be good with your plants. – You’re good. Okay. – Alright, so we’re,
if you didn’t notice, we’re kind of going with a
red, white and blue theme today. So, we’ve got a lot of
white, we got a lot of blue, we’re going to put a little
bit of bright red color in with our red begonias. – So when you’re
laying out plants, how do you
determine where those plants should go in your landscape? – Well, I kind of like
to think about what their mature size will be. Not always, a 100% of the time,
especially when you’re dealing with annuals and perennials. I mean, you know that some of
these are going to get bigger. Look at the Dusty Miller. Dusty Miller has taken up
a lot of room in our bed. So we don’t need as many flowers
as we were originally going to put in this bed,
because they’re there. – Okay. – But when you’re doing a
landscape like we did on the property earlier, you have to
take into account the mature size of those plants, because
those are going to be more permanent then these will be. – Right, that makes sense. Not as many clods
as in years past, right? – That’s right,
that’s because we amended it and now Mother Nature
is taking care of everything, and making the soil really nice. Nice to plant in. – Ok, now do we need to mulch? – Well, now that
we’re done with that, we left the mulch that was
already on the bed on there, and we’ve got, we
pulled away some of it, and now we’ll put that back. – Okay. – Now we will let
those grow in, and see how they do
in this bed this summer. I noticed, you know,
all landscapes evolve. And people want
to change things, and look, we’ve
got this beautiful, gorgeous, it’s a Coral
Bark Japanese Maple. Beautiful red trunk and
branches in the wintertime. Nice green,
chartreuse spring color, and they’ll turn green. Very nice, but, look how
close this is to our bed. – Pretty close. – And maples are notorious for getting roots
and growing very well. So we will see how
well this tree does, because the
better this tree does, and the more roots
we get into our bed, we may not be able
to plant here in a few years because there
will be so many roots. – That’s right. – But we’ll just have to see. – We’ll just wait and see,
and of course the canopy is going to
grow as well, right? – Yes, it will be shady. – So it might shade. – So we’ll have to
go from sun plants, to maybe shade plants. So we’ll just have
to see how things go. – Yeah, not a bad thing. – No, not a bad thing,
just something different. – Alright, something different. Joellen, thank you much. Can’t wait to see
what this looks like throughout the season. – I look forward to it. – Alright, thank you much. – You’re welcome.

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