At Great Dixter, they always have a ‘welcome’: a selection of pots around the front porch in which they try out different plant combinations. Now our tulips are over – the ones in pots anyway – it is time to try out some new summer pot recipes.
I got a bit over-excited at the garden centre this morning with the prospect of a Bank Holiday weekend ahead of me and amongst my new purchases were these three red geraniums for a tenner – a tried and tested formula it is true, and a romantic candy striped pink and white Phlox.
Like many gardeners, I am on a drive to reduce and reuse plastic pots. The geraniums did come in plastic pots, but I will reuse these to pot on some Tagetes cinnabar I have grown from seed. You will see that the terracotta pot I have planted the geraniums into is an old one. It was in our garden when we got here and is on its last legs, but it is rather lovely, so I shall carry on using it until it actually falls apart. (Beside it are the tulips which I have just taken out and am going to try drying and replanting in the front garden in the autumn.)
I put some old terracotta crocks in the bottom of the planter for drainage and then half filled it with compost – I used horse manure compost, because that’s what I’ve got.
Next I popped in the geraniums, trying to space them evenly, filled in the gaps with more compost and firmed it well and gave the whole pot a thorough water.
And there you have a Gerani-welcome!