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That last comment was supposed to link through to an article I've written to help you create you own cottage garden but i think I did it wrong.
My beef with Chelsea is that all the gardens are staged. Half the plants that are seen in the borders would never all be in bloom at the same time normally. But I guess the show is a stage for the garden designers. I agree it would be nice to see some more http://blog.theenduringgardener.com/cottage-gardens/ rather than mainly modern spaces.
Thanks for the tip Terri.
Maybe consider a pair of wisteria - although the lose their leaves in winter they bare plant is still attractive and can be woven around the arches.
I agree with Alina. Now that we're into May, albeit somewhat cold, I might be tempted to plant them out.
If you live in a cottage or want a cottage garden feel then take a look at some of these climbers. Or maybe consider training a fruit tree up the wall like a pear.
You're right - you can do a lot with a balcony garden and you'll find sites set up specifically to accomodate them.
Hi Tomalli, you might find some more garden design ideas on here. There's plenty of time to be reading up on ideas given the bad weather.
There's a comprehensive article on creating a cottage garden and the sorts of plants and shrubs to opt for here : cottage gardens. I hope that gives you some inspiration.