As I’ve mentioned before our garden is a blank canvas. As a first time gardener I’m taking it slow and not adding too many plants at once. However this summer I have loved all my containers of colourful flowers but they didn’t like the week holiday we took at the end of July. A few weeks back I dug all the dead bedding plants up but I really missed the colour.
I spotted the trays of winter pansies and violas whilst doing my weekly shop. I couldn’t resist picking up a tray of 20 pansies for £3. That’s how I found myself gardening in the rain one afternoon. I started planting the pots up in the sunshine, after I had put the ladybird down for her afternoon nap and suddenly it started pouring down. I sheltered under the garage door as I knew once my toddler was up I’d not get another chance to garden again. The idea of stacking the pots came from a book Sweet peas for summer: how to create a garden in a year. I love this book and have got so much advice and ideas for my garden from it.
what you need
- winter bedding plants (I used pansies)
- multi purpose compost
- three pots off different sizes
start by half filling the bottom pot with compost. Stack the middle pot with compost and stack on top of the bottom pot. Play around with the amount of soil under this middle pot until you have the right amount of height between pots. Repeat with the smallest pot.
Plant individual plants 10cm apart around the space between the pots and in the top pot. How many will depend on the size of pots you have used.
Water well to ensure all the compost has been soaked fully and remember to keep watering every few days if the weather is dry.
Here it is now a few weeks later, almost like a complete dome of pansies. I finally took the plunge and dug up some of our front lawn last weekend, so I will be back next week to show you that.
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