Yellow Euryops Daisy, Hot Pink Geranium, Blue Lobelia, Fern Leaf Lavender and Gazania

First, I would like to share with you some beautiful winter flower container arrangements which were designed and planted by my friend, Maggie Thomas.  She is a landscape designer and her specialty is designing container plantings.  As you can see, she is extremely talented.

Hot Pink Geranium, Bacoba ‘Cabana’, Blue Lobelia, Fern Leaf Lavender and Blue Viola

 In the area we live, zone 8b, we are fortunate to be able to grow flowering plants in containers year-round.  In late spring, these plants will be pulled out and replaced with summer flowering plants that can handle our hot summers.

Yellow Euryops Daisy, Hot Pink Geranium, White Bocoba, Blue Lobelia, Fern Leaf Lavender and Fortnight Lily.

Blue Viola

Hot Pink Geranium

Fern-Leaf Lavender (Lavandula multifida)

Although these containers are planted with plants that do well in our desert climate in the winter, those of you who live in more temperate climates can try these out in the summer months.

Pink Geranium & Bacopa ‘Cabana’

Now, for the name change….

I have been thinking about changing the name of my blog for some time.  The current title, “Plant Tips and Guidelines for a Desert Garden” sounds a bit like a textbook and although I strive to include helpful information in each post, I also like to ramble on a bit about all sorts of things.

So, I am changing the name of my blog to…


I hope you like it as it more accurately describes what my blog is all about.

(My feed and links should not be affected because my url address is which is not being changed.)

*Meanwhile, I am waiting patiently for my roses to arrive in the mail this week so I can start planting.

I’m sure most of you know how much fun it can be to garden with your kids.  I remember my dad building each of us a raised planter where we could grow vegetables and flowers.  Today, my kids and I went to the store to buy flowers for their new garden.  You will NEVER guess what they are planting their flowers in…

Our first stop was our local nursery.  Each was allowed to pick out two six-packs of flowers.  The kids decided to each pick a different type of flower and then shared them.  My youngest daughter, Gracie, selected geraniums and blue petunias.

Ruthie went the fragrant route and selected stock, (beautiful and fragrant despite its ordinary name) and white alyssum.

Dianthus and snapdragons were Kai’s choice.

We finished making our selections and then got ready to go home and start planting.  The only question the kids had was – where were they going to plant their flowers?

How about their old kiddie pool?  You know – the ones that cost about $10 that your kids play in during the summer.  However, once summer is over, most people either throw out their pool or store it somewhere out of the way.  

Well, now you can use it as a planter for either flowers or shallow-rooted vegetables or herbs.

The process is easy, and your kids will have fun assisting you.

First, move the pool where you want the garden to be as it will be too heavy once you fill it with soil.  Then make multiple holes on the bottom for drainage.  Then fill with a mixture of potting mix.  Sprinkle some slow-release fertilizer and now begin planting!

Gracie planted her first plant, a peach-colored geranium.

My teenage daughter, Rachele, was overseeing our progress while texting on her phone.

We finished!  The kids are so excited to see their flowers grow.  The garden will be a riot of different colors and has no sense of design, which is as it should be for a children’s flower garden.

This will be our ‘before’ picture.  We planted alyssum, dianthus, geraniums, petunias, snapdragons, and stock.

If you would like to try this at home and want the garden to become a more permanent part of the landscape, you can add a brick border or plant shrubs and perennials around the outside of the pool.