Courtyard Garden : Potting the Pelargoniums #courtyardgarden #gardening #plants @mishaherwin @chataboutbooks1

Today has been about potting up the pelargoniums. A little early, but several of those that I have overwintered in the shed are looking a little pallid and in desperate need of nourishment and proper light. To the right of the picture is a rescued hanging basket fuschia – no idea what colour but hey, it will be pretty!

I had intended to add some lobelia and petunias in the same planters but though the seedlings are doing well they are not quite big enough to fend for themselves.

Also have some dahlias growing from seed just put out to harden off (and trusting there will not be a frost tonight, though the courtyard is quite sheltered so not too worried.)

I have repotted two bronze osteospermums  that survived the winter and hope they will grow on – already blooming well! I do love these flowers, they are so bright and cheerful.

When we put the large cordyline into its new pot in the front garden I tucked a trailing pelargonium and two diascias into the side. These had been lurking in the trough under our front window all winter and had looked a bit sad – but low and behold I noticed flowers already on the white diascias and new leaves on the pelergonium.

I am a great believer in getting the best from my plants, at the best of times, but this year, being unable to get to a garden centre, the Courtyard Garden will be planted out with an assortment of rescued and newly grown patio plants. Many that are sold as annuals will go at least two years if the winter is relatively mild.


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