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The Hanging Basket Journals - and Then There Were Two

By Ozhene @papaver

I have been experimenting with hanging baskets this year, not words I ever thought I would say.... I started with the Spring hanging basket, a joy of snowdrops and tulips. I last updated on this basket in April and much has changed since then.

The Hanging Basket Journals - and then there were two

The annual seeds I planted into this basket are now flowering very well. I sowed a meadow mix into the basket, rather too thickly I think, but it is coping nonetheless.

The Hanging Basket Journals - and then there were two

The basket has moved into the back garden. I wanted the meadow mix to be closer to the bees.

The Hanging Basket Journals - and then there were two

It has become a joy of cornflowers,

The Hanging Basket Journals - and then there were two The Hanging Basket Journals - and then there were two

and the clover has now started to flower too. It has worked so much better than I could have hoped for and I will do this again. Next time though, I will sow more thinly. As ever, every year of gardening is a learning year and I build on the mistakes I have made to make incremental improvements.

There was another reason why the basket moved, this was to make room for basket number two. I had referred in my original post to the fact I had two baskets and I had other plans for this basket.

The Hanging Basket Journals - and then there were two

This basket is a mix of pelagoniums, and a cutting from the Malvastrum lateritian I bought from the Belvoir Flower and Garden Festival back in 2018, a wonderful perennial that drapes well and I thought perfect for a hanging basket.

The Hanging Basket Journals - and then there were two

The peach of the Malvastrum and the red of the pelagoniums work together well. You can also see some marigold seedlings coming up too.

The Hanging Basket Journals - and then there were two

I also planted some climbers into this basket, the Mina lobata, the Spanish flag plant is winding its way skywards. (It is impossible to think of this plant and not start humming Hakuna Matata). I am enjoying watching it climb and I am hoping that it will also dangle, time, as they say, will tell.


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