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27/11/2012 at 12:59

Hi, I´d like to share an album I have made with nine pictures from the best plants

this year. Nothing unusual, unfortunately, but I strove to get quality side by side

with quantity ( a very difficult poise in my urban fungus-stricken low sunlight garden...), 

so I came to terms with the necessity of reliable plants instead of faltering rarities.

The link goes to a quick slideshow, and the plants were mainly in containers or

edging. Thank you.





27/11/2012 at 14:25


what a nice lot of flowers in pretty colours.

Do you grow most your plants in containers?

How big is your garden?

27/11/2012 at 15:54

what a lovely display,and inspirational.well your garden looks stunning,might pich a few ideas from that on those types of pansies.

27/11/2012 at 23:38

Thank you all for your kindness. I have a small front garden which takes more sun, but it lies halfway under a garage top in high summer; the front windows do not get full sunlight, but are far brighter (one of them has the phlox). The back garden is L-shaped (2 x 12 m + 4 x 10) , with two trees, some veggies (which thrive much worse than the flowers, believe it or not), lots of shade and a variable amount of light throughout the year. Some of the pansies were in containers, some along a path (see picture), others nearer the house. I grew all the plants from seed (as I do with most of my garden, can´t live without the thrill!), including the annual Phlox Twinkle. This kind of phlox is not as long-lived as the normal 'rounded' ones, blooming for about three months, but this one easily outdid that (with lots of fertilizer and good old deadheading...) Phlox can be a little tricky to sprout, and they only do it naturally at the end of winter and beginning of spring. Annual phlox is not hardy, though; it has few roots and do very well with crowding (guess that lot had at least eight of them!), with some compost mulching from time to time.





02/12/2012 at 18:35

Hi there,I am always interested in getting inspiration on garden design from other gardeners.I have split my garden to different rooms for interest an have had some great ideas from various shows and  Alan Titchmarch'How to be a Gardener' I am opening my garden next year for NGS and am extremely nervous howevever the prospect of raising money for charity makesit all worth while.

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02/12/2012 at 22:10


 Hi  there.Thankyou for your kind words.I'm opening 28/7/12.I live in Sutton Coldfield West Mids ,maybe a little far for you to visit.Ijust hope we get better weather next year.I  could do with your experience.Hopefully i'll have some helpers to get me through the day!!

02/12/2012 at 22:18

Hi Lovely gardens there, well done to you both, nice to see some nice bright cheery pictures of the flowers, roll on spring,

03/12/2012 at 08:53

Yes, is is nice to see some cheery pictures at this very dismal time. That's a very nice garden. And it's a welcome reminder that there is plenty for us to look forward to, come Spring.

But Spring still seems a long way off.

03/12/2012 at 18:48

Brilliant photos. Rusfloram, what is the blue flower behind the pink phlox?

Jacqui your garden looks lovely.

03/12/2012 at 23:01

Jacqui, your garden is delightful, inspiring and worthy of many spectators. Good luck!

Artjak, the blue flower plant is Echium vulgare 'Blue Bedder', from Thompson & Morgan (from whom I also bought the Pandora's Children pansy seeds). I strongly recommend it: it blooms quickly (after two months from sowing) and forever, does not get disease, and the colour is unparalleled.

08/12/2012 at 17:27
jacqui whitmore wrote (see)




Lovely garden Jacqui.


Can I ask what you have edged your garden path with please (the straight edging between lawn & gravel)? Im wanting to create a similar edge between lawn & path in my garden.



08/12/2012 at 18:16

Some lovely pictures,especially liked the shot of the steps and stepping stones leading up to the lawn.

Good luck with the NGS next year. I'm sure another poster on here does the same

30/12/2012 at 23:07

Garden looking dreadful at the moment with all the rain.Grass is like mush as i have to walk on it to get to my chickens,hope it grows back OK! Leadfarmer asked what plants i,d used to line my pathways.Buxus Sempervirens,I've shaped them into box balls now they've grown abit bigger however the first lot i put in  a few years ago got box blight so i had to dispose of them on the bonfire and start again ,a common problem at the moment with all the rain we 've been having.Has anyone else had the same problem?

30/12/2012 at 23:10

Sorry Jacqui, I meant the actual edging material, is it timber or a concrete edging?


30/12/2012 at 23:19

You wont believe this.They are lenghs of plastic skirting board left over from our conservatory which was erected 10 years ago.At the time i had little money so i used anything left over,however wood would probably look better, when the grass grows slightly it hides it.At least it wont rot!!

31/12/2012 at 09:58
What lovely photos hurry up spring,summer.
05/01/2013 at 22:42

Beautiful.  I especially love the phlox by the windowsill.  I may steal that idea.

06/01/2013 at 14:27
jacqui whitmore wrote (see)

You wont believe this.They are lenghs of plastic skirting board left over from our conservatory which was erected 10 years ago.At the time i had little money so i used anything left over,however wood would probably look better, when the grass grows slightly it hides it.At least it wont rot!!

Thanks Jacqui. 

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