When it comes to jazzing up your allotment, forget subtlety: it’s all about loud and proud flowers.
One of my real failings at the allotment last year was that I simply didn’t plant enough flowers. This year I’m not making the same mistake: in fact, I’m making sure that the plot is alive with colour. The latest instalment from Plant Me Now helped with that, and with jazzing up the balcony too.
I was sent two sets of Gazanias, ‘Daybreak’ and ‘Tiger’. They’re not bedding plants for the faint-hearted, and while I wouldn’t put them in my garden, they work perfectly on an allotment where everything must operate at a higher volume. I’ve come to realise that allotments aren’t places for subtle, gentle planting. If you want flowers, they have to be bright, demanding, attention-seeking. Anything else would be like walking into a nightclub in a cute floral blouse and no make-up.
They came in their cool packaging, as usual.
I’ve planted them in a wide bed with Japanese Wineberries, Tummelberries and Tayberries. There are also drifts of Californian poppies coming up, which means this bed is going to be as bright as bright can be.
Meanwhile, on the balcony, I’ve got two sets of Geranium ‘Maverick Red’ and ‘Maverick Star’ in troughs. They’re all sweet and little at the moment, but soon those big round heads of flowers will be out in force.
And then there are these lovely Calibrachoa ‘Cabaret Bright Red’ flowers, which are like classier petunias that tumble. I’ve planted them in various parts of the balcony, including the Woolly Pocket, for a lovely deep splash of colour.