I was thrilled to discover 3 boxes of summer bedding from Plant Me Now to review when I got back from Plymouth this weekend. They contained a selection of summer bedding plants from their Premium and Must Have plant ranges, as well as 2 trays of trailing mixed Lobelia from the Ready to Plant range which you can see in the box above. You can see how lush the growth is.
I had ordered Cineraria Silver Dust, Gazania Tiger Mixed and Begonia Semperflorens from the Must Have range and these arrived bare rooted in plastic cell boxes. As you can see they all had very good root systems and weren’t too dry despite being in the garage for 24 hours awaiting my return.
I had ordered Calibrachoa Can Can Terracotta, Coleus Henna and Nemesia Berries and Cream from the Premium Plant range and again these were in plastic cell packs but because they are a little more expensive they are slightly bigger and come in pots.
My big dilemma was to remember what my plans for the plants were when I had made my selection. I was presented with a long list from which to choose my review plants and I know there was a plan but I can’t find the list or my notes so it was back to the drawing board and more head scratching.
The Coleus have gone into a large terracotta pot by themselves. I saw something similar somewhere last summer and I thought they looked rather good. As you can see they are good-sized plants so five in this pot might be too much. If it starts to prove to be the case I will edit them down to three. I have also planted the Gazania in a large pot together. It’s a blue enamel pot which I thought might compliment the colours.
I did remember that I intended to use the Bergonia as underplanting for a jasmine which I have just planted out in a new metal planter. I think it looks rather classy.
The Lobelia and Calibrochoa have joined the Pelargoniums and Diascias from an earlier batch in the hanging baskets. You can see how much growth the plants have put on since March. I have had to pinch out the shoots of the Diascias and Lobelia to stop them getting too leggy before planting out. They had very good root system and were certainly ready to go in the hanging baskets. I can see that this photo shows how rubbish my pinching back was but I have remedied this now.
The Nemesia, Cineraria and more Lobelia have gone into the window box and look rather classy but you will have to take my word for that for the time being.
I have to say that I really cannot find fault with the quality of the plants. I know if I was reading this the cynic in me would say “well you are going to say nice things as you are being paid” but they really are good quality plants and well packaged so no damage. The foxgloves, hostas and monardas I received earlier in the year are also doing well and I will show you those in a couple of months along with the pots and baskets in full summer.
Disclaimer: I am paid by Plant Me Now to review their products