container planting, Garden blogging, Patio plants

A Late Comer to the Party – A New Patio Container

There are days, especially when it’s too hot to do anything, retirement can be BORING!!! Maybe I’ll write a blog post about retiring and moving into a new area at the same time – I don’t recommend it.

This morning I Googled ‘Best Garden Centres’ near me and an independent nursery called Meadow Farm Nursery on Hayling Island popped up.  With nothing better to do today, I killed two birds with one stone and went garden centre and local beach visiting.

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I did wonder where I was going down a narrow road and negotiating a bin lorry, then a single track road but found Meadow Farm Nursey – delightful independent nursery and very soon was drawn into buying plants, I couldn’t help myself!

Lovers of Full Sun pot 

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1. Alternanthera – Purple Knight   I bought two of these and read that it is a tropical plant and the colours are even stronger in full sun.  Ideal for my baking south facing patio.

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2. Nemesia – Aroma Rhubard and  Custard.  I always though ‘Wisley Vanilla’ was highly scented but the sweet fragrance of this plant wafted through the car all the way home, especially in the heat.

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3. Angelonia – Archangel Raspberry.  I came across Angelonia recently and have a white one in one of my posts with Black Velvet Petunias.  It is another drought tolerant plant originating from Mexico.

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So with new plants placed within a larger container (also new) and yet to be potted up, here is my ‘Lover of Full Sun’ pot sitting with the other patio pots and although joining the party late looks very much at home.

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As for my visit to Hayling Island, well I found it a case of “Move along there, nothing to see”, but I did have a nice honey and ginger ice cream and there was a much appreciated cooling breeze off the sea.

 

 

 

Garden blogging

In a Vase on Monday

At the risk of repeating myself, having moved into a flat, albeit with a patio,  I am without a garden and the allotment is not ready for flowers until next year.   I am, therefore, buying flowers for my home rather than using my own flowers for In a Vase Monday. Having said that, shop flowers can be an absolute delight, as was my recent purchase of ‘Alstroemeria’. Bought from Waitrose when the buds were tightly closed, I had no idea of the colour, although suspected them to be pink.They turned out to be a beautiful display of purple, white and pink. This short post is about what is in the vase and not the vase, which is a plain glass Lily vase, or the display design – they were just placed (plonked!) in the vase on my sideboard. Also known as a Peruvian Lily or Parrot Lily they are supposed to symbolise friendship, devotion and wealth making it a great flower to give to a friend. I love alstroemerias, especially the way some petals are plain and others have a broken stripe pattern. Thank you Rambling in the Garden for hosting this Monday meme. Please visit her blog and take a look as her wonderful and clever ways of showing off flowers.