A recipe (of a different kind) for success
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.