Tuesday, April 1, 2014


It's planting day around the Manor, and I've added a few Black Cherry Petunias to the gardens, and I think they'll make a lovely addition, this season.

Aren't they spectacular? According to garden experts Thompson & Morgan,
Petunia 'Black Cherry' is truly one of a kind! Opulent, velvety blooms in a unique shade of red-black makes a strong statement as an accent plant. With a neat compact habit, Petunia 'Black Cherry' is ideal for containers, baskets or bedding. Team it with other annuals for a bold contrast - cerise pinks and golds for a contemporary theme, or keep it simple with a classic monochrome display. Height and spread: 30cm (12").

If you want to try your hand at growing these beauties, here's what they suggest....
Pot up petunia plants and grow them on in warm frost-free conditions for transplanting later on. Pinch out the growing tip of each stem to encourage branching and form a bushier plant which will produce more flowers later on. When all risk of frost has passed, gradually acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over a period of 7 to 10 days, before transplanting them outdoors into baskets, window boxes and containers in well drained soil, in full sun.

Looks like it's time to get your hands dirty, today!