Go on, go potty this win­ter

Pot­ter­ing around in the gar­den this time of year is re­ward­ing and ac­tu­ally warmer than be­ing in­side

QT Magazine - - HOME & GARDEN - WITH CHELSEA AL­LAN FROM TREVALLAN LIFE­STYLE CEN­TRE

THE cold morn­ings and warm days in Ip­swich are just divine.

Win­ter provides us with the per­fect ex­cuse to get out­side, it’s warmer than in­side! I love pot­ter­ing around the yard at this time of year.

Pot­ter­ing to me means go­ing “Potty for Pots”!

I think adding pots to your gar­den is a great way to mix things up without per­ma­nently chang­ing any­thing.

You can use a va­ri­ety of ter­ra­cotta and glazed pot shapes and sizes as well as a mix­ture of vi­brant coloured flow­ers to cre­ate a bril­liant show.

The best thing about a pot­ted gar­den is that it is en­tirely move­able. If by chance you don't want to fill a few pots one sea­son you could move them away and still have a great look.

A great tip is al­ways use height and colour. Some pots could be blocks of colour, oth­ers could have a mix­ture. I like us­ing tall pots with low grow­ing things in them. Pots could have a mix­ture of tall and small flow­ers. In some pots you could even use tall or­na­ments and sur­round them with small grow­ing an­nu­als.

Plant bulbs in amongst flow­ers so that the bulbs seem to pop out of nowhere and sur­prise you.

In win­ter you can’t go past a beau­ti­ful pot of flow­er­ing an­nu­als. We plant out around all our big trees in win­ter. It looks ab­so­lutely stunning when they are all in flower.

There are so many beau­ti­ful flow­er­ing plants that look great in pots. Aza­leas are look­ing fan­tas­tic at this time of year and some peo­ple find they grow bet­ter in pots. Some of my other favourites are Camel­lia sasan­quas, Princettia Poin­set­tia, os­teop­er­mum Blue Eyes, gera­ni­ums, Rose Rose King, kan­ga­roo paws – hon­estly the list is end­less …

Jazz up bor­ing pots with some or­na­ments. I'm sure many of us have or­na­ments that are bro­ken that we can’t bear to part with. Put it in a pot with some flow­ers around it. Maybe you’ve re­ceived a beau­ti­ful or­na­ment for a present and not quite sure what to do with it as it doesn’t match your dé­cor. Put it in a pot.

Here at Trevallan, we are al­ways us­ing bro­ken or un­usual or­na­ments to “com­plete” a pot­ted pot! We have a pot of suc­cu­lents with some peb­bles and a Bud­dha. There are pots with cu­pids and pan­sies or there are pots with chooks and veg­gies.

The trick with pots is al­ways use the best qual­ity pot­ting mix and fer­tilise reg­u­larly. We use Sear­les ‘Peat 80’ and fer­tilise reg­u­larly with Or­ganic Link and/or Triple Boost. Warm up this win­ter by go­ing potty! Have some fun with your pots and or­na­ments and re­mem­ber like the sea­sons change, so can your pots.

Some ❛❛ pots could be blocks of colour, oth­ers could have a mix­ture.

PHOTO: CHELSEA AL­LAN

It’s the per­fect time of year to get your hands dirty and get pot­ting in the gar­den.

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