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January 2019



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Going potty

A very hectic week, due mainly to tedious domestic problems and having MEN around the place and no peace. So I was really glad to have today to myself.

After doing a few jobs I was early at the garden centre. I had a print-off voucher for 10% off if I presented it before ten o'clock, today only. I thought I might get a hanging basket, as I hadn't made up any myself this year: too cold! When I arrived, I found an extra offer: £14.99 baskets on BOGOF. TBH, they weren't worth £14.99, but were a good buy at half price.

I'd already done some potting up and today I decided some of these pots must leave the sheltering greenhouse and take their chances outside. So I had a good sweep up and made a start. Below, red geraniums outside the chalet; there are three pots each side of the door. This was so successful in last year's awful summer that I decided to repeat it.


I planted up this pot of osteospermums and calibrachoa on May 11th and today it found its home in the porch. It's a nice old pot, with SANKEY impressed in the side.


I was able to buy a basket of some of the same plants to match the pot.
The baskets on offer were all plastic but I can't be doing with plastic pots in my garden, so I've used an old basket as a cachepot.


The other baskets aren't worth photographing yet. One is full of fuchsias; I took off the hanger, hid the pot in one of my chimney pots and the plants should trail out of it nicely. Of course I found a few more jobs to do, so it was all quite hard work. It would be a beautiful afternoon here if only it weren't so windy. No sunbathing, but all the views have improved.



Excellent bargain!

I love your photo of the old pot with osteospermums and calibrachoa, in fact all your pix looks very lovely and artistic with the watering can featuring :)

Hasn't it been a glorious long weekend?
Thank you!

Too windy here to be warm but at least I could get outside. Rather a change today :-(
Lovely colors! I don't have plastic in our garden either, but I have a clay cat, too.
Thank you!

I bought that cat at Chelsea Flower Show years ago and brought it home on the train. A nervous journey!
I did a tiny tidy up out the front today. It felt good to potter with pots. Yours look lovely.

Was out on the Cornish cliffs last week. A riot of bluebells, and one osteospermum flower out!
We all seem to have made use of the better weather.

I'd love to see some bluebells but can boast the osteospermum. The hardy white one is flowering, and at about the right time, for a wonder.