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Replanting your Summer Hanging Basket for Winter with Eugene Higgins

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Eugene is back to show us that the hanging baskets don't have to be put away just because summer is over, the can be replanted along with your window boxes to brighten up your winter garden.

Eugene Higgins - Hot Gardener!
"I was born into Horticulture in a plant nursery/garden centre in north Co Dublin started in 1940 by my grandfather, so my excuse is, "that its in my blood".
On leaving school I worked in various Dublin radio stations and spent my spare time working in the family run garden centre, this soon reversed after spending an intervening number of years in Australia."
"Over the last 12 years I have been combining Horticulture and media work.besides working on the Afternoon Show since season 1 my media contributions have also included:

. BBC Room For Improvement (Season 1)
. FM 104 Claire McKeon Show
. Lite Fm Dublin Saturday magazine

In 1999 I returned to retailing opening Colour Green Garden Centre in Malahide Dublin, which won "Best Specialist Garden Centre 2002-Ireland".
"In 2004 we subsequently moved the business to Tullamore, Co Offaly, where we have a lot more space around us and have concentrated on developing our Colour Green Landscaping Services. Our highlight to date was, being commissioned last year by the Afternoon Show to restore a nursing home's spectacular Japanese garden that had run into serious disrepair (Carrigoran Nursing Home, Co Clare).

All plants supplied on the set come from Blackbanks Garden Centre, Raheny, Co Dublin 01 8327047
Eugene Higgins Landline 01 8674319/ 057 9355840 or email

. 1 Heather €3.95
. 1 Viola €3.95
. 1 Mixed viola €4.95
. Snow Drops 30c per bulb
. Hanging Basket €16.95

Process of Replanting
. Empty basket compost and all, and wash out with water
. Add new fresh compost wearing gloves
. Add main plant's heather and Ivy's
. Locate best points for violas and maybe snowdrops
. Add more compost keeping it below top of basket,
. Add water hey presto new colourful winter basket

Window Box
. Carex Evergold €6.95
. 1 Camellia.."Japonica Midnight" €13.95
. Campanula €6.95
. 1 Cyclamen 'Chamaecyparis Pifina' €9.95
. Window box 6.95
Organic Compost €7.95

. Try to plant up before late November as the plants need to settle in
. Plants in containers can dry out even in winter when the wind dries them out
. Be careful if the window container is placed in a window where the rain can't penetrate as they may dry out.
. Make sure the container has drainage holes and that if plastic, that it has been drilled.
Rosemary and Buxus work well as winter plants and are easy to get.