I have used my gardening time on several short activities in the last day or two, including filling two of the above containers with plants bought from Aldi – a 25cm pot filled with 7 pastel shaded plants for £4.99. Fuchsia, petunia, lobelia, verbena and impatiens, all healthy, bushy plants, plus the compost they came in and the pot too, if one needs more pots (which this one doesn’t) – definitely a bargain, so apologies to non UK readers and those without access to Aldi! I also bought some of the trailing petunias I wanted for the front-of-house baskets from there, at substantially less than the price I paid for the rest of them at one of my local garden centres. The baskets are filled now, with 3 shades of surfinia petunia (after my dissatisfaction with the ‘wave’ varieties last year) and some pink/purple trailing lobelia – they may be a bit ‘twee’, but given even half-decent weather they will be stunning for months, although of course they look far from it now.
I had a delivery of hardy geranium from Cranesbill Nursery yesterday, so they have been planted up today, neatly labelled with the Brother garden labeller I had for Christmas which hadn’t been used until now as I had been dithering over the labels themselves. I have gone for 6″ stick labels (still in black) which are flexible and shouldn’t break as easily as the previous T-labels, and completed a small backlog of labelling at the same time as the geraniums were named.