A recipe (of a dif­fer­ent kind) for suc­cess

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FOOD AND DRINK - with Liz Robin­son of Pinewood nurs­eries and farm shop

WE are hav­ing a glo­ri­ous sea­son here at Pinewood Nurs­eries. It has been crowned by the fact that we were cho­sen to sup­ply our bed­ding plants to the Trea­sury in Lon­don, the Royal Opera House and Danes­field House, a fab­u­lous ho­tel where the Ge­orge Clooney had his UK wed­ding re­cep­tion last year. Clearly our rep­u­ta­tion is ‘grow­ing’ and our hard work is fi­nally pay­ing off - we are pleased as punch!

If you haven’t planted your hang­ing bas­kets yet this sea­son then I thought I would share the recipe for our best­selling 14” wire hang­ing bas­kets – our ‘tra­di­tional mix’. We grow about 3 000 of th­ese and they sell at Gar­den Cen­tres through­out Eng­land, as well as from our own nurs­ery. The recipe has been tweaked and primed over the last 8 years, and has been adapted since the mildew attack on the busy lizzies of 2012 (still sends shiv­ers through my spine). It has proved to be a real win­ner.

We use a 14” metal wire bas­ket, with a felt liner, filled with a mul­ti­pur­pose com­post which con­tains wa­ter re­ten­tion prop­er­ties and slow re­lease feed. The cen­tre piece is a large zonal gera­nium.

Sur­round­ing it we plant a few lo­belia, trail­ing phlox, trail­ing ver­bena, bed­ding petu­nias and he­lichry­sum. The theme con­tin­ues around the side of the bas­ket with more petu­nias, phlox and lo­belia. We stick with ei­ther pinks, blues, whites and pur­ples for one of the themes. Then red, cream, white, blues and bright pur­ples in an­other theme. They each have the same recipe of plants though.

I’m also thrilled to an­nounce that El­lie is go­ing to be a big sis­ter! We are ex­pect­ing our sec­ond child in Oc­to­ber. It looks like 2015 in shap­ing up to be just fab­u­lous… hope to see you at the farm shop and nurs­ery soon.

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