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What’s in the pot?

Gardening hasn’t gone so great at Wayward House this year, but many of our containerized plants are alive and thriving.

Here’s a look at a few of the potted plants I currently count as successes.

Fig tree

This little fella is on its second summer with us. We bought the baby fig from Bear Creek Farms, one of our favorite vendors at the Waldo Farmers’ Market, last year. The little tree looked about like this then, and it kept gaining leaves throughout the winter, which it spent in a warm, bright corner of our living room.

We though we killed the fig when we moved it outside this spring. All of its leaves turned brown and fell off. Then, they came back. It is due for a repotting. Perhaps someday it will actually produce figs, which are highly nutritious.

Garlic chives

Our dear friend and helper Debbie left a surprise on our kitchen counter fairly late last year – an organic garlic chive seedling. Because I am a procrastinator of epic proportions, it took some time for me to get around to potting the little chives. Fortunately, they’re hardy.

These tasty chives overwintered in our dining room, providing a springy color throughout the off season and enhancing the flavor of Zach’s delicious homemade soups and other dishes. During spring and summer, the garlic chives have thrived on our front porch. I steal one of the grass-like blades and eat it raw every other time I pass by.



Because I am obsessed with Hawaii, it is necessary for me to have a hibiscus bush. For about three years, I had one that bloomed red and existed in a big, plastic, self-watering pot. Unfortunately, because the pot was plastic, it tended to blow over during last summer’s frequent wind and thunderstorms. The hibiscus spilled out of its container too many times and eventually croaked.

When I finally picked up a replacement hibiscus a couple months ago, I gave it a ceramic home. The plant has given pinkish red blossoms a few times. The next time it produces, I will harvest the blooms and make homemade hibiscus tea.

Meyer lemon tree

This is the potted project I am most proud of. Our little Meyer lemon tree is now on its second year with us.

Every so often, it bursts into the most fragrant white blooms. As you can see, a few of them turned into lemons this year. The fruits seem to take a long while to mature, but I hope I get to taste one before the end of the season.

Don’t be fooled – container gardening at Wayward House has only been as successful as our regular gardening. The potted pineapple never flourished (although it did root), the living Christmas tree dried up, and the air-improving money tree succumbed to a fungus.

In pots or in the ground, I am not so good at watering my plants at regular intervals. This has led to the death of several non-edible houseplants. Luckily, the species highlighted in this post have proven to be pretty hardy. So have most of the aloe plants we potted up last year.

Do you have containerized plants? What’s growing in your pots?

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