I know that I have referred to these as my garden clowns.
They are too big and too bright to fit into the landscape.
The truth is they are crazy happy outside and grow bigger and better than they ever could in a pot.
I give myself a different one each Christmas.
I have lost some in the past, until I developed a method of planting that protects them from rotting or being eaten.
The secret is lava rocks. I make a nest of rocks around each as I plant it.
This “lava rock nest” improves drainage and discourages diggers and munchers.
Now they survive and thrive in the garden.
All the other flowers pale in comparison to these show-offs.
I need their audacious blooms in the winter, so I keep collecting them.
They continue to grow and multiply and upstage the other flowers in May.
I do love my bold and beautiful garden clowns.
Stay tuned for more clowns and a famous actress.