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Winter Hanging Basket


My friend Dawn and I recently attended a hanging basket class at my local garden centre; we do them every 6 months and it’s really enjoyable. We missed the summer one, thinking that we’d do our own and save some money…

We both bought plenty of plants but neither of us got around to making a basket; my plants went into the garden instead and hers died. We’ll be doing the class twice a year from now on…

For anyone who would like to do one, here’s what I used.
• 14" basket
• Moss (nearly a whole bag of moss was used)
• Compost with water-retaining gel mixed in (as apparently even with all our winter rain, a lot of baskets are kept slightly sheltered and can still dry out).
• 3 mini daffodils tucked in the middle
• 4 pansies midway up, around the outside
Then on the top I have, a bronze sedge in the middle with 2 Lysimachia, 2 Gaultheria (called the germolene plant from the scent and flavour of the flowers) around the sedge. In-between these I planted 4 more pansies. Quite packed but I’m hoping it will give me a lovely display until early summer.

A bonus of a winter basket is that apart from the pansies, everything else will go into a large pot in May to make a perennial show for many years to come, so I think, excellent value for money.

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Welcome to GoY. I will keep a note of your "recipe" for future use.

8 Oct, 2009


It looks lovely well done and welcome to the big garden of GoY hope you enjoy yourself here.

8 Oct, 2009


Lovely basket - if I use moss the birds keep nicking it for the nests and my baskets look decidedly messy - but who can blame them if they use it to keep warm!!

8 Oct, 2009


Welcome to GoY
Your baske looks nice and it's a good idea to put something that can be re-used somewhere else later on.

9 Oct, 2009


thank you for your kind comments, that was my very first blog :)

19 Oct, 2009


Your welcome Toffipop it good of you to share your knowledge and congratulations on your first blog.:o)

19 Oct, 2009

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