Every month, a few of my girlfriends get together for a "Girls Night Out." We either go out to dinner, or hang out at someone's house and do something crafty.
So in September, my sister and I hosted a "Fall Planting Party." We both love to garden and wanted to share our fondness for plants with our friends. For what better way to spend an evening amongst friends, than eating, drinking and playing in the dirt?
To keep the costs of materials down to a minimum, we asked everyone to bring their own container, so we could buy more plants for everyone! We also made sure to check out a few of the local gardening centers to see who had the healthiest looking plants – this way, everyone would be able to enjoy their planters well into autumn.
Seeing that we wanted to give everyone the most bang for their buck, we were pleasantly surprised to see re-blooming pansies, asters and garden mums on sale. In our world, we tend to favor perennials over annuals, so anything that re-blooms is golden in our book!
However, that's not to say that annuals do not have a place in the garden. I'm a sucker for ornamental cabbages and I knew that they'd look awesome in my front planters, especially since I had neglected them towards the end of the summer. Besides, I justified the purchase; how silly would it be to host a "Fall Planting Party" at my house if my potted gardens were a mess?
Anyway, September is a pretty mild month where we live, so weather permitting, the plan was to host the planting party in the backyard by the fire pit. Luckily, the fog and mist that had pestered us all day finally lifted, so we were able to eat, drink and be merry with the fire roaring besides us. We even remembered to pot up our plants before the food and drinks ran out!
I wish I could say that we took a ton of pictures, but we were enjoying ourselves so much that my sister and I forgot all about it. I suppose that's a good thing for our mental beings, but a bad thing for this blog entry…