Mission Accomplished (well, nearly)

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!

 

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13 Responses to Mission Accomplished (well, nearly)

  1. D > Yup, from the photo at least, those cones do indeed look pretty convincing!

  2. Your pots are going to be fantastic. Don’t you just love getting this finished?! It sounds to me like the Golfer is worth more money. 😉

  3. Heyjude says:

    I think I shall have to have a visit to the garden centre as the cosmos I was raising from seed appear to have been eaten! Not even a stalk left behind. And I definitely need some new pelargoniums. Nice to get the pots finished 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      What a shame about your cosmos, Jude – slugs and snails do you think? Might it just about be worth trying another sowing? They would grow pretty quickly I expect, with the light and warmth

      • Heyjude says:

        Definitely slugs and snails, there are hundreds in this garden! I have just re-sown some beans, so maybe I’ll have another go with the cosmos. I am going to have to rethink my planting next year I think.

  4. Brian Skeys says:

    It is good to be able to get some plants outside into pots, juggling greenhouse space is always a challenge during late spring.

  5. Cathy I love hanging plastic cones recycled: they look like wicker. All pots full of plants look beautiful. The Pelargonians are very beautiful. I hope all your plants grow healthy and without snails! Greetings from Margarita.

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