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My Garden

northie

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My garden – if this brings up a vision of a wide, green expanse, think again. My garden is a collection of around 40 pots and planters crammed onto a patio outside my ground floor flat and I love it dearly.

 

When I moved down here for my first job I was terribly homesick. Mum (who had the greenest of green fingers) included two ready-planted pots in my stuff when it was sent here. I didn't really have any interest in gardening then but those pots were a connection with home and I made sure I looked after them.

 

Money was tight for the first few years but then the delayed bug took hold and the number of pots has increased, gradually – my skill, interest and pleasure has increased with them.

 

What do I plant? Well, what I have at the moment is quite a mixture: fuschias, poppies, foxgloves, miniature roses, several varieties of scabius, pinks, aquilegia, clematis, sweet peas and quite a number of others. I also have box, a miniature fir, an acer and several other foliage plants. I've learnt what works and what I like by trial and error – nowadays I aim for plants which will last more than one season, attract bees and other pollinators, and have some height. I have no colour scheme – I have shades from the darkest purple through to white via orange, pink, red, blue and yellow. The overall effect is a cross between a cottage garden and a herbaceous border and I'm happy when plants spread beyond their planter and create more continuous effect.

 

I love the sense of peace and connection I get when I'm gardening and of course, I take pleasure in my successes. My neighbours probably wonder about me because I do have a habit of standing, looking at my plants while letting my mind wander. I'm fascinated by the insects I see – as are some of the birds …

 

My only issue with my garden is that it always seems larger in my mind - when I go buying plants I always seem to buy more than I need: that gap now seems have a couple of possible plants and it seems to have shrunk since I left … :rolleyes: I also find it almost impossible to leave any garden I've visited (National Trust or otherwise) without buying a plant or two on the basis that there's always a corner somewhere that could do with something new. I could always buy a new planter if necessary... :P

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My dream is to set a garden on top of the house(Indian houses are different from yours). :wub: And a patio to sit and drink coffee with soul-mate... :blushing:

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:heart:   Bah, I have no likes ... i love your garden, northie!  I can see the riot of colour.. to me that's what a garden should be.. a little bit of wild. 

 

My balcony is so so hot.. not sure what I could grow out there... and well we can't sit out there so I just don't bother trying to grow stuff now.. 

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:heart:   Bah, I have no likes ... i love your garden, northie!  I can see the riot of colour.. to me that's what a garden should be.. a little bit of wild. 

 

My balcony is so so hot.. not sure what I could grow out there... and well we can't sit out there so I just don't bother trying to grow stuff now.. 

 

Yes, I'm not a fan of regimented, over-co-ordinated planting. I perhaps have more of some colours than others but that's as far as it goes.

 

Have a look at the links I sent you - they not only look at likely plants but also how to prepare them for the environment they're going to be put in. You don't have to be outside to appreciate your plants - a view from a window can be almost as good. :)

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My dream is to set a garden on top of the house(Indian houses are different from yours). :wub: And a patio to sit and drink coffee with soul-mate... :blushing:

 

I hope you achieve your dream, Emi. My garden dream is to have a 'proper' garden which I can be let loose on ... ;)

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It sounds like a wonderful garden. I grow a lot in pots and hanging baskets. Strawberries grow well in hanging baskets, where they seem to be safe from slugs.

 

I hope you get your 'proper' garden soon, but when plants aren't in pots they can wander about into places you'd rather they weren't :-)

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