Spring is here in Minnesota…sort of!
 The warm weather we had in March was wonderful….all the perennials in the garden have come up and there is a lot of green in the garden.
Alas…it is still a whole month before it will be safe to plant annuals.
 I planned to go out and buy some pansies to add some early color to the planters……
but when we returned the tulips and daffodils were in bloom and the gardens were full of green.
It just didn’t feel like I needed to buy anything…
and yet the planters were certainly looking “naked”….
 Instead of heading to the store…. 
I decided this would be a good way to challenge myself to “Use what I’ve Got”!
Read on to see the results!

Here on Sweetwater….we have way too many gardens….and way too many plants that need dividing and transplanting.

If you are a perennial gardener, you know how that is….there are little volunteer plants everywhere that need relocating.
Those perennials are frost hardy….so I decided to use them in the planters.
I wandered around the yard and dug up some of those little volunteers….and just plopped them in the planters!

Lady’s Mantle

(I think that is the name)


A Fern
More Sedum
A Stella Lily

 Ornamental Onion

Creeping Thyme


Lady’s Mantle

 Two kinds of sedum

More ornamental onion

Lady’s Mantle

 Day Lily
More sedum

A little mum plant

Onions and Chives added to the pot that the lettuce seeds are planted in.

A nice crop of wheat grass growing on the deck.
  • So now the planters aren’t “naked” anymore…..
  • A few of the volunteers have a place until I can put them back in the garden….
  • I got to get my hands in the dirt….
  • When the weather turned cold last night….I wasn’t worried about frost killing anything!
  • I lived up to the challenge to “Use what I’ve Got….
Best of all….It didn’t cost me a dime!
I’m just thinking that this is truly 
“Sweetwater Style”!
What do you think?
Here’s hoping you get out in your yard for some gardening therapy!

0 comments on “Use What I’ve Got-Early Spring Planters

  1. NanaDiana

    I think it is great, Mary! I need to divide up so many of my plants this year…you are way ahead of me. We have such cold weather this week it isn't funny and there was some snow/sleet around here this morning-xo Diana

  2. Gleeful @ The Captivating Life

    Looks great! I have been itching to get out there and plant some annuals but it's too early where I am too. I've tried to console myself by starting some seedlings indoors for our vegetable garden, but this would be much more fun!

  3. Kathleen

    Too early here, not much is up!
    But I am always dividing up things! I have made over 30 hydrangea plants by rock rooting!
    I had pansies that came back for the third year. They were perfect for this week's tablescape, so I dug them out of the planter box for the centerpiece. Tomorrow I will replant them!

    I look forward to seeing how your planters fill in! Come over tomorrow night and see my free centerpiece! 🙂

  4. My Bizarre Family

    Looks good! I am a new follower from Welcome Wednesday!

  5. stlavonlady

    Hello! Noe following you through Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop!!

    Looks great! I haven't had much luck with flowers and planters outside. I would so love to have a garden! I think next year we will make it happen. 🙂

    I am now following you through Pinterest, GFN and Linky. I would love it if you hopped on over to my blog and followed back. 🙂

    Thanks! Julie from Stlavonlady Beauty Tips and Tricks, Savings & More

  6. Jessica

    Following you from Welcome Wednesday blog hop- love the hydrangeas on your header! My favorite flower.

  7. Comeca Jones

    Too cute! I am now a follower found you through Happy Hour Project!

  8. Anonymous

    How clever to use what you have. We are heading into Autumn now, so it is lovely to see your Spring garden. God bless x

  9. Olah Momma!

    This is a great gardening tip. Helpful for my future gardening party someday:)

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  10. Onna

    Beautiful! I still need to get out to my garden yet! I love the sign! :]

  11. Gia

    Pretty plants! Can't wait to see them in the summer!

  12. Katherines Corner

    beautiful plantings, not long before your blooms will be popping. Thank you for linking up to the Thursday hop. Sorry I'm behind in saying thank you. My Monday post will explain my delay.Hope to see you again this Thursday. xo