This morning, David and I have been unpacking my new Cretan pots. I figure if I can’t get to a Mediterranean to retire, I can bring it here. Actually, it is coming here whether I like it or not.
I will have five of these pots when all is done. I already have a perennial Rosemary subshrub growing in a Cretan Cheese Jar. My friend Bridget gave me the cutting several years ago before she and her husband Ennio moved to NC.
Their boys used to mow my yard back before I got rid of the grass to install flower beds which I subsequently had removed last year as I seek less labor intensive ways to tend my garden. It is easier to push the mower around the postage-sized front yard than it was to keep the rodents from consuming my tulip bulbs. Now I must determine why the lawn is full of tiny excavations, caused by Jays or squirrels. Pests. Some days it feels like gardening is one long battle with pesky pests.
This is one reason I have been slowly converting to a potted garden. Voles cannot excavate tunnels under pots. Squirrels can still attack the pots of course. and demented crows like to break off flowers and uproot things.
I grew Diascia, my new favorite plant (one of them) in a Panos pot last year. I really like this pot and have ordered another one for the back yard. The photo below shows the Diascia-planted Panos, but you cannot truly appreciate the pot with flowers tumbling down the sides, so I added a shot of an empty Panos pot. Did I say I love this pot?
I also ordered a couple of pots named Glastraki. They are a lighter color and will replace big old plastic pots I am emptying. I have not decided where I will put in these pots, but they will hold lavender or something bright. Years ago, I saw a photo on ‘Victory Garden’ of a Cretan pot with a lovely lavender spilling down the sides. Now there’s a thought.
I had two huge lavender bushes a few years back, but the shade trees overpowered and weakened them and then they died after a bad snowstorm two years ago. Lavender does not do well in my beds which are far too acidic, shady or damp or all of the above.
I will place one of the Glastraki pots on the brick walk along the driveway (next to the Panos shown above) and probably fill it with a lavender plant. The lavender will grow slowly, but that is the nature of the plant. The pot will provide the perfect biome for a Mediterranean plant. I know they grow Hidcote lavender in England on their chalky soil, but I want to grow the kind the lavendin you see from the train in southern France.
You can’t get lovely plants over night, but slowly I am building a Mediterranean garden. All it takes a lifetime and a little climate change.