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Hanging Baskets Summer 2017

This morning I finally found the time to get the hanging baskets sorted out, my intention was to only look and decide what to buy, as a very kind friend had offered to help me out on another day. Pushing a buggy and a garden centre trolley is not easy. But the plants were starting to get a little low so I decided I just had to go for it.

I am still very much a beginner when it comes to hanging baskets but I really love them, I am lucky that our local independent nursery specialises in bedding plants and is very well labelled. I went straight for the plants marked up as baskets and containers then read a lot of labels. I was surprised at how many names of plants I remembered. 

I came home with a boot full of plants.




I loved the trailing Petunias I chose last year they were a cascade of white and yellow. 




This year I have gone a little more dramatic and this deep purple combined with the white. I must admit I was very close to choosing a bright pink to go with the purple, maybe next year.

This one has white and purple Petunia Surfina and all going well they should cascade down the basket.





I love yellows and oranges, this was a little harder than I first thought as there was not a huge amount of choice. I had to improvise a little and found these...

The orange flowers are Osteopermum, last year I had a basket of purple ones and the lesson I learnt was I have to keep on top of the deadheading or you end up with lots of leaves and no flowers. The Yellow taller flowers are Argyrantemum crested yellow. I then surrounded them with trailing flowers Calibrachoa Cabaret in white and Calibrachoa Goldrush



Finally I have a bit of a soft spot for pink flowers and clashing them, so I chose Nemesia called pink ice as the taller flowers and surrounded them with Calibrachoa Cabaret in cherry rose to take away a little from the pink I found a Bacopa Snowflake hoping the white would work well.



I am really pleased with how they look and will post pictures of how they grow....







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  1. So wonderful to have a garden filled with colour #bloggerclubuk

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    1. Thank you I just love the bright colours against the (sometimes) blue sky x

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  2. They are looking really pretty. We did this last year and it was great fun. I'm afraid to say our hanging baskets this year are looking a little sorry for themselves as we keep forgetting to water them #ThatFridayLinky x

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    1. I know the watering is not the easiest part and I tend to remember when I get back from the school run #thatfridaylinky

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  3. I've yet to try my hand at hanging baskets. Yours look great. #BloggerClubUK

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    1. thank you, I love them and i look out the kitchen window at them. they are easier than it looks #bloggerclubuk

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  4. Ah I love a good hanging basket - they can bring so much colour and variety to a garden. Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

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  5. I love to see hanging baskets. they are so pretty! Yours look beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

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  6. Such beautiful colours fab post Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

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  7. This is a beautiful colourful collection of flowers, I love the look of the Nemesia. I have two basket hooks in my garden and keep thinking I should make some baskets up but wonder how easy they are to keep and how long they last. Thank you for sharing! #stayclassymama

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  8. Hello there,
    I am running a new gardening/outdoor Linky.
    Do you fancy linking up?
    https://oldhouseintheshires.com/2017/06/28/mygloriousgardens-week-4-lets-link-up/
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