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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am an infrequent contributor to Six on Saturday hosted by The Propagator Blog but coming back from my holiday and welcomed by a glorious display of colour on the patio I have to share them with you.1. My Container Garden It wasn’t deliberate that the brights are on one side and the gentle shades are on the other, somehow it just developed that way.2. Gentle bluesThe above container has hidcote lavender, white petunia, scaevola and brachyscome. I had been looking for a Salvia when making up the planting but it wasn’t in the garden centre at the time so I plumped for the lavender.3. Black and whiteThis is my black and white pot with petunia ‘black velvet’, angelonia ‘carrara’, the beautiful vanilla scented nemesia ‘Wisley vanilla’ and calibrachoa ‘black cherry’. 4. SunshineI call this my sunshine pot. It needs much more attention than the others because the bidens need regular deadheading and, as you can see, having been away there is a lot of deadheading to do. I have overplanted it with the bidens ‘charm’ so that is another job to thin it out. The other plants are dahlietta ‘coby’ and a trailing golden lysymachia. 5. All the CoralsI found a beautiful coral ‘pelargonium’ in the garden centre tucked behind loads of reds so grabbed it quickly and hunted around for matching plants. I came away with a trailing verbena ‘peaches and cream’ and calibrachoa ‘orange’ .6. A Rockery collectionThe last of my six is a small collection of rockery plants. My patio is south facing and bakes in sunshine all day, apart from a couple of hours in the middle of the day when the sun is behind the trees, so this little collection are more than happy. There is a white osteospermum, a very pretty lewisia in shades of pink to peach flowers and an armeria ‘ballerina lilac’.That’s my Six on Saturday for this week. Hop over to The Propagator Blog to check out the Six on Saturday posts from other bloggers.