I managed to pick up some bedding plants in Home Bargains and I thought they'd be ideal for my hanging baskets.
This tray of twenty four Busy Lizzies only cost £3.99. The plants are quite small but it's still early in the season so there's plenty of time for them to put on lots of growth. Busy Lizzies go on flowering throughout summer so there's the potential there for lots and lots of colour.
I've got a couple of baskets which have been used before, they're just cheap ones from one of the discount stores, but they last more than one season so they're good enough for me.
Ta da! Okay, they're not the most stunning hanging baskets I've ever planted up, I do like trailing plants in them usually, but they'll look better once the plants have grown a bit and they'll add some very welcome colour to the front of the house.
Whilst I was planting up the hanging baskets, I filled a couple of plant pots with compost and transplanted some sunflowers which had self seeded, one in a pot containing geraniums and the other in the pot housing my little fig tree. They could have gone straight into the ground but sunflowers seem to be a gourmet meal for slugs so I thought I'd give them a little extra protection and let them put on a bit more growth before I set them free. More mature plants don't seem to be quite as tasty to slugs.