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Planting Hanging Baskets Summer 2018

We have five hanging baskets to be planted this year. Mr MC&W offered to have the children so I could go the garden centre and choose all the plants we needed. It felt a little like supermarket sweep, I was on count down to get back for him to play golf. But I am thrilled with the choices and the colours we have this year. 

I went shopping earlier than last year and choice of plants was so much better and lots of new and interesting colours to choose from.

Petunia, I have to have a big basket of Petunias and this year they were selling black ones, I have always wanted to do a basket that had these balck petunia, I mixed them with Blue vein to create the most dramatic basket I have ever done. I adore this one as it is so bold and so hope it works out well.

I am a little obsessed with Nemesia they are just stunning flowers and they have this beautiful variety called Rhubarb and Custard I decided to get two and then surrounded with Calibrachoa Cabaret in Light pink and Lemon to make a soft and delicate basket

I also fell for Nemesia in Carmine a dark pink and clashed it with bright red Calibrachoa Cabaret and then some White Verbena

I adore purples and used Heliotropium two years ago, the bees loved it and it was a real beauty so chose it again this year and surrounded them with swathes of Lobelia Erinus in lavender, Bacopa in white and great regal blue that looks  more purple.

I found these Spring Valley three in one plants last year and decided to given them a go this year. The label states it contains Calibrachoa and lobelia its a mix of orange purple and white, I added diascia dark orange, I have not used any of these plants before so looking forward to seeing how it turns out. 

There we have it the 2018 hanging baskets, I will keep posting pictures on twitter to show how they are doing and this year I also brought some plant food and will feed once a week as last year the combination of the weather and lack of feeding the baskets were a disappointment.

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  1. I've tried soo many combinations of flowers and I just can't get my hanging baskets to thrive, it's so annoying! So I end up buying the ready made ones! #BloggerClubUK

    1. Mine struggled last year with the awful weather. Hope they do better this year x

  2. I've killed every plant I've ever tried to love. Now I just enjoy the gardens of others. #BloggerClubUK

    1. hahaha I do kill a lot of my plants as well xx

  3. I am also plant death - I've even managed to kill a cactus - but love looking at other people's gardens :) Your hanging baskets look beautiful and I hope they thrive so you can enjoy them all summer long.

    1. Thank you and i find killing some plants very easy. Thanks for your kind words xx

  4. Oh I wish I could keep a plant alive! That first basket is absolutely gorgeous! I'm sure your space is the talk of the town with all the beautiful colors!

    1. I love that basket its so dramatic I hope it gets better as we hit summer xx

    2. Stopping by from Blogstravaganza and that first basket is still catching my eye! I may need to head to the flower shop and try my hand at keeping something alive this summer!

    3. Oh please do and would love to see what you do xx

  5. These are beautiful Sarah! I confess that I have steered clear of black petunias before, but I love how you've arranged them in your first basket. Thank you for sharing with #Blogstravaganza :) xx

    1. I have always wanted to use them but find a way to make them look dramatic so far so good xxx

  6. I am coming back through with the #DreamTeam

  7. My dad has always done hanging baskets but we never have. I didn't realise such planning went into them! Thanks for linking up with #stayclassymama

  8. These are so beautiful. I would love hanging baskets on my balcony. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find flowers resistant enough to be by the sea. Maybe you can advice? Thank you for sharing with #stayclassymama


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