With winter on the way time is flying, but life is still good
weeks before the birth of our second child, and just as bambino number one has entered the terrible twos!
Life IS good though… we are very excited and, unlike my first pregnancy, time is flying by (I don’t know where the weeks are going).
At the nursery we are busy planting up winter baskets for large estates, pubs and Royal homes.
We use fresh moss to line the baskets as the growth of the plants isn’t as vigorous in the winter and so won’t cover the faux moss liner used in the summer.
As we fill the baskets, building the moss up the sides, we intersperse pansies, winter herbs and ivy around the side.
This adds colour all around as well as scented foliage from the herbs. Also don’t forget to pop a few dwarf bulbs in, especially if you choose to include autumn cyclamen on top, as these bulbs will add fresh spring colour once those cyclamen have died back. The perfect centre piece on top would be a variegated hebe, skimmia or even a rosemary if you are after a culinary herb arrangement.
These are all winter hardy and add height and colour to the basket. We then pack them with pansies and violas, a few cyclamen and a few autumn herbs and trailiers.
Veonica and Ajuga are frost hardy and have delightful blue flowers in the autumn/early spring. Herbs to consider are thyme, oregano and sage.
The best thing about all these plants is that you can replant them into your garden in spring to create a herb garden or the centre pieces will grow into shrubs.
If you don’t fancy attempting this yourself then come in and we can talk you through the choices for you to purchase, or we can plant it up for you.
They last through until June next year, when they often outgrow the basket or the strong heat ‘wears out’ the pansies.
We’re struggling to name the dog, two days on, God help the impending baby who has also yet to be named! Wish me luck for the labour…