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Hanging baskets and window boxes

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 17:48

Very inspiring, lilylouise, congratulations.

Did you grow the begonias from seed? I bought some from T & M but not a single one


Gardeners of Instagram?

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 16:02

Magnificent, devongardener!

Your greenhouse made me so envious, I could hardly swallow my food...

I wish it full of wonders in the following months!

can you save seeds from cut flowers?

Posted: 07/01/2013 at 22:55

All petunias I grew from my own seed turned out white...

Never had luck with cuttings from florists´ carnations, guess they were too old!

New Gardener . . . New House . . . What would you plant?

Posted: 04/01/2013 at 16:25

I´m not sure window boxes would be a nice pick for the front door area. The eyes may be misleading me, but I think there is something casting some shade over it; in this situation, the higher the plants the least daylight they have (but I may be wrong!). Plant something modest (as I said, or perennial phlox, that thrives in half-shade; as well as perennial salvia or perovskia), and it won´t be trouble. I meant the following (please forgive my poor imaging):




New Gardener . . . New House . . . What would you plant?

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 21:59

Congratulations on your new home!

For the front door:  what about Pentas for the wall? I saw a house lined with this and it looked very nice. Dig some of the lawn on the right and line with very contrasting low mounding plants fitting the seasons, like Lobularia, Violas, Alyssum, Brachycombe, Linaria moroccana.

For the front of house: don´t pull out the shrub. Find a moderately growing climber (as the trellis is not tall enough) to provide a backdrop for the star-spangled banner: Mina lobata is fiery, Mandevilla is romantic, Bougainvillea is not a real climber but always stands out (with some proper tying) and is now available in many colours like pink, red, white, yellow and orange. Plant a flowering shrub to match the other (whatever it is...); find a contrasting colour to the climber: Coronilla for yellow, Justicia has red too, and Tibouchina has pink or purple flowers (see the following: http://www.thelovelyplants.com/tag/tibouchina-elegans/).

What's in flower this Christmas

Posted: 19/12/2012 at 10:59

Bravo!!! A real survivor... Congratulations! (And tell people your secret)

New pictures of orchids and nepenthes

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 03:16

I loved the plants in your album, specially the Tricyrtis lily, the bellatulum and the nepenthes Tiger. They look rather rare, don´t they? Now for the wild plant you did not know (the one with the funnel-shaped orange flowers), it looks like Spathodea campanulata, an African tree of the Bignoniacea family which is very common in warm places; it seems to be invasive, what explains its presence in the forest.

My Garden 2012

Posted: 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.

My Garden 2012

Posted: 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.




My Garden 2012

Posted: 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.





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