Patio Planters Progress

Our patio plants have evolved in both directions.

For the flowers in the planters, it seems I can not get enough water in these plants. They are green and seem healthy enough, but they have lost most of the flowers. They are far too heavy to bring inside, so for the recent “Surprise! Final Winter!” storm, we covered them with plastic and towels. Honestly, they seemed happier from that than from any care I’ve given them. The plastic seemed to work like a little green house.
most of the flowers are gonemost of the flowers are gone
We moved them against our windows instead of out on the edges of our balcony. Maybe a little less wind will help.

The rosemary was so happy when we brought it home. But when we got back, it looked like a squirrel had been digging in it. I think it was the wind. I tried to repot it again, but I’m not sure it will make it. Here is the dramatic before and after.
rosemary was happyrosemary sadness

Before we left for New Mexico, we tried to rig a self-watering system for “everyone” out there. It seems to have saved them all, and some even grew, but we’ll tweak it before our next trip.

The herbs and small veggies are loving their tower. We have garlic, parsley, basil, broccolini, butter lettuce, kale, and thyme.
herb and veggie tower: garlic, parsley, basil, broccolini, butter lettuce, kale, thymegarlic in the middle, parsley to the edgesbasil, broccolini, and butter lettucekale and thyme

The broccolini started to flower. I was afraid it would go to seed, so we looked it up and learned to top it for more growth of the veggies themselves.
broccolini started to flower, so I topped thembroccolini started to flower, so I topped thembroccolini started to flower, so I topped thembroccolini started to flower, so I topped them

We also have some tiny planters the previous owner left. I filled them with more garlic (that I don’t expect to sprout) and some clearance snap dragons that were in pretty bad shape when we bought them, so any life there is a small miracle.

They are also making progress on our pool deck. They have stayed on top of the debris and dust. It’s supposed to be ready by Memorial Day weekend.
pool deck construction nearly done, supposed to open for Memorial Day weekend

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