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Winter Hanging Baskets

August 15, 2017

It is believed that the hanging basket was originally designed to remind a princess of home, some also believe the idea came from the hanging gardens of Babylon, it is with the wonderful versatility of this idea that we can design our own little piece of heaven from our doorstep right through to our garden. However, casting our minds back to the long, cold winter we experienced not so long ago it is probable that most of us may be reluctant to consider planning how to add warmth to our otherwise dreary doorways and garden during the late season. Despite this, in order to avoid even the slightest, sparse period it is vital to plan ahead when it comes to complimenting any garden displays throughout the seasons. When it comes to winter hanging baskets a mixture of upright and tumbling plants can have the best effect. Shrubs like Box,  heathers and carex (ornamental grass) can provide height while trailing plants like ivy not only add warmth but can also hide the edges of the basket. Bedding plants such as primroses, violas, cyclamen and polyanthus will contribute colour with winter pansies great for filling in any gaps and can be grown from seeds.

Regardless of space or the size of your doorway, choose no smaller than a 14-inch basket. Cover the inside of the basket with a coconut fibre liner, followed by a plastic disc to use as a saucer in the bottom of the hanging basket to help retain water. Using soil based compost, particularly if growing shrubs put a one-inch layer into the base of the basket. Make three small cuts across the sides of the liner or fibre. These small holes can be used to secure the plants in place, preventing damage to the root ball of each plant. Add another layer of compost followed by more plants. Once everything has been added fill the basket with compost but leave an approximate two-inch gap from the top. Pack the compost and the plants in tightly, filling any gaps with smaller flowers and compost.

During the winter months, the rugged flowers of heather are superb at filling out an arrangement and surrounding them with trailing plants such as ivy or creeping thyme will soften the edges. With preparation remaining key, why not add a few dwarf daffodil, narcissus, tulips or iris bulbs to extend the display well into spring. Once quality plants and shrubs are chosen, maintain your winter hanging basket by not letting it dry out and dead heading flowers as soon as they show any signs of fading. If weather conditions become harsh, boost your plants with a weekly liquid feed.


Petunia Wave Series, Seed germination, planting seeds, what to plant

August 7, 2017

Information on germinating Petunia Wave series seeds, Wave series, Shock Wave and Easy Wave.

Petuni Wave Ball

Petunia SHock Wave

Description and information on the Petunia Wave series:-

Petunia SHock Wave Coral Crush

Shock Wave Petunia

Shock Wave petunias form a blanket of colour, they have a mounded and spreading habit with small 4-5cm flowers and are ideal for hanging baskets, patio containers and flower borders. Height 17-25 cm spread 75-90 cm.

Petunia Wave Blue

Petunia Wave Series

Petunia wave is a low and wide spreading series and is ideal for flower beds and containers. Similar in habit to Surfinia petunias with 7cm blooms along the length of each branch. Height 10-15 cm spread 90-120 cm

Petunia Easy Wave Starship Mixed

Petunia Easy Wave Starship Mixed

Petunia Easy Wave are more monded and less spreading than Wonder Wave and are ideal for use in Flower beds, Hanging Baskets and Containers, either on their own or mixed with wave petunias,
or other hanging basket or container plants for mixed hanging baskets for your friends to envy. They fill baskets and containers faster and are quick to flower. Height 20-30 cm spread 75-90 cm

Petunia SHock Wave Wall

Petunia Shock Wave Coconut, Denim and Pink

Seed Germination & Planting Seeds
Germinate Petunia Wave series at 22-24C, sow seed thinly onto compost in trays, pots or plu cells, do not cover the seed with compost or vermiculite. Shade from direct sunlight and cover trays with glass to maintain humidity. Seed should be ready for transplanting approx 3 weeks after sowing, dependant on conditions. Once transplanted and plants are established temperature can be dropped to approx 10C and protected from frost, lower growing temperatures produce well branched vegative plants. At the lower temperatures plants will take longer to flower. Cool dry growing, allowing the plants to dry between watering will keep the plants more compact, plants require good ventilation and  do not allow plants to be wet overnight.
Petunia Wave Seeds  –  Available online from the Author Nickys Nursery

Bacopa for hanging baskets and containers now available by seed

December 9, 2016

Bacopa is an excellent hanging basket and container plant.  Until recently it was only available from cuttings, now there is a seed raised version called Topia, available in 3 varieties, Bacopa Blutopia, Snowtopia and a mixture of blue and white. The plants are naturally self branching so require no pinching back, they quickly fill the container and cascade over the side. An abundance of flowers cover the plants in hanging baskets and containers. Seed available from Nickys Seeds

Bacopa Blutopia

Bacop Blutopia seed raised plants

Bacopa Snowtopia

Bacopa Snowtopia

Cutting raised Bacopa Abunda is available from your local nursery or garden centre. Available in Pink, Colossal Blue, Colossal Sky Blue and Clossal White, plants are covered in hundreds of non-stop blooms all through the season right up to the first frosts.


Bacopa Abunda Pink and White

Bacopa Abunda

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