The last piece of the summer pot jigsaw is about to be put in place with the long-awaited arrival of these ‘summer patio planters’ in Aldi today; having bought these for the last 3 years I knew what good value they are and for how long they perform, so a special journey saw 4 snapped up which in due course will be replanted into the lead effect planters on the paved area. These will join the usual range of baskets and pots to bring added colour to the garden over the next few months…
Baskets at the front of the house with three shades of petunias:
New for this year, also at the front, tubs of New Guinea impatiens and more lobelia (repeated in urns in the rose garden which I have forgotten to photograph):
The pelargoniums which replaced those ‘frosty’ violas:
Four cones (the old wicker ones now replaced by these long-lasting and realistic versions in recycled plastic) each with a single plug comprising 3 different plants (bidens, verbena and I think, calibrachoa):
And various pots with seed sown dwarf cosmos and added lobelia:
The above picture was clearly taken before the Golfer swept through with his (new?) broom on his way to once again transforming all the paths in the garden, as it is now pristine and clear of moss and weeds – well done to the Golfer for this painstaking work!
The majority of the pots and baskets have utilised plug plants, some bought from our local garden centre as tiny plugs early in February and grown on but the bulk bought by mail order. Much as I enjoy growing things from seed I just would not have had the room to raise all of these this way and have no qualms about buying them as plugs – the disadvantage is often not knowing when they are going to arrive, but at least mail order companies are usually able to defer a delivery if you expect to be away for any length of time. I shall now be kept busy keeping on top of watering if we have another dry spell!