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Carport Full Of Flowers

As you can see, my carport is not used for a car. In this hot Florida sun, it is the perfect place for my beautiful flowering container garden. It is March 17 and right now I have in full bloom several containers of white petunias, 2 pots of white allysium, red amaryllis, red and pink geraniums and some seeds that haven't bloomed yet. In the background is my Norfolk Island Pine.

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I use containers of various sizes to make an interesting display and they don't always have to be the same color of pots. White and yellow flowers show up best from the road and seem to last longer. When these beautiful flowers have shed their last leaf, I will repot all of the containers with something new and in season and I do this about 3 times a year. I get a lot of compliments from the neighbors and I now have several of them starting their own flower gardens.

Nature makes me smile! How about you?

By Florida gal from Spring Hill, FL

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

Yes, they are beautiful! I have a question, though- in a warm climate such as what you'd find in Florida, do annuals have a life span, or would they just keep growing like a perrenial as long as there was no frost?

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This may seem stupid, but I've often wondered about southern growing conditions since I'm in Wisconsin and our season can be very short (Yeah, I'm jealous!)

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

Very pretty, happy gardening!

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March 19, 20090 found this helpful

Hey, Kendy,
I'm in North Florida. You were asking about the life span of annuals in our climate. I don't have much experience with flower gardening just because of the expense. I tried vinca (periwinkle) one year because they were inexpensive compared to anything else I liked. I have found that I can get 2 - 3 years life out of them depending on how hard the winter is. I have more luck with the pink ones versus white or red.

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They get pretty leggy, but I just keep cutting them back and they continue to grow and re-bloom. I'll add a few after the first year because they bloom less as they age, but it is way less expensive than having to replace them all. This year we had many more freezes than normal so I lost all of them. I'm starting some from seed now. I can't wait to see how they turn out. Tracey in Jacksonville FL

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March 20, 20090 found this helpful

I was surprised to see Spring Hill FL. My cousin moved there in 2003 from Peoria IL. Her name is Maryrose and she works for a back doctor. I don't know how big Spring Hill is but just thought I'd pass this info along.
Beautiful flowers.

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March 22, 20090 found this helpful

These are such pretty arrangements with the containers that are beautiful, too.

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You are also a wonderful neighbor to enhance you neighborhood with so pretty a collection.

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March 22, 20090 found this helpful

Beautiful. Great way to liven up your yard and the front of the house.

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March 24, 20090 found this helpful

How nice and pretty. Your neighbors are fortunate to have you around.

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