22 Jun Scorching Summer Colour
First things first: your growing medium. If you’re replacing bedding in pots, we would recommend replacing at least half of the compost, if not all, with fresh multi-purpose compost. Old compost is tired and lacks nutrients but is perfect for throwing on beds and borders as a mulch so won’t go to waste. We like to use Bord Na Mona multi-purpose compost with added John Innes. It is great for all your flowers, has slow release fertiliser and is Irish.
Next, choosing your plants. There is an incredible amount of summer bedding plants now available in the market through Irish grown nurseries and the Dutch market. This year at Ballyseedy we have one of the biggest ranges we have carried in years and we must say it’s wonderful to have some many colours and scents around the centre again.
Hot petunias, fresh & vibrant Geraniums, lobelia, bacopa, bidens, begonias and marigolds are all the old reliables that will offer good, strong shows of colour and work well in our mixed summer climates. This year why not be somewhat adventurous and try some delightful Oesteosperumums, gazanias and even some foliage plants such as grasses or ivy. These will add great structure to your pots, boxes and baskets.
We recommend this year to use 3 to 4 strong colours and stick to that as a maximum. Some of the best shows we have seen from baskets and window boxes are in fact 1 hot colour such as all red, purple or yellow which can give a magnificent show. A basket full of purple petunias is a delight to see, or red trailing geraniums can give a wonderful show for the summer.
Finally, the maintenance, watering is essential throughout the summer on almost a daily basis. It does not matter if it is raining, it is so important to keep the plants well hydrated as this will stop them getting dried out and looking tired and lifeless. Dead-heading flowers is great to encourage new growth and thereafter feeding with a liquid feed works wonders to prolong summer colours. Again, we like to use a local product called Brandon Seaweed which we sell here at Ballyseedy.
Happy planting and do pop by if you need any help!