This one has been on my wishlist for ages. It's Dahlia "Bishop of Llandaff".
I just love the contrast between the bright red flowers and the sombre purple/black foliage.
I chose this particular specimen from all the ones on offer because it has several stems, not just one, and each one already has a bud, so I should get a good display fairly soon.
A few days previously, I had bought this Coreopsis "Sunfire" at West Green House.
And the third of the trio of newcomers is this red Geranium "Samelia", which I bought for a mere £2 at a Food Fair last weekend in nearby Petersfield.
I thought you might like to see the arrangement I use to ensure we have always got a nice plant right outside our front door. I have sunk a large pot into the ground, so that its lip is level with the surface.
Then I put a potted plant inside the empty pot - instant colour. And I can change it any time I like, very easily.
They are real terracotta - hand-made in "South Asia" (wherever that may be). Height 10"; diameter 9". The brand name is "Sahal", which is apparently the Urdu word for "hive" and the pots are fired in a traditional kiln which is shaped like an old-fashioned beehive. One of the things I like about these pots is that every one is unique. You can see that I chose two that are completely different colours.
And then there are these:-
These ones are destined to host a couple of Blueberry plants - ones which have outgrown their current pots. They are 14" in diameter at the lip. I'll not do the re-potting until after the Blueberries have been harvested, but I thought it was sensible to buy the pots when I saw them. You know how it is: you say you'll buy them later, and when you go back for them the stock has run out. They were also on a "Buy One Get One Free" offer, which may have influenced my decision a bit! Right now they are very pale, but I expect they will darken when they get moist compost inside them.