Hang­ing bas­kets come out on top!

Garden News (UK) - - Over The Fence - Pam Gray

A sub­ur­ban gar­den in Sur­rey that uses ev­ery inch of space for year-round colour and in­ter­est.

We’ve had a con­stant sup­ply of lovely fruit and veg, in­clud­ing wavy, climb­ing French and run­ner beans. I picked 3¼kg (7lb) of blue­ber­ries, which I froze – they’ll be yummy in my por­ridge, on cheese­cakes and in ap­ple crum­bles. We’ve also had a good crop of onions and shal­lots, but the gar­lic was on the small side. One of the ‘Gi­gan­tomo’ toma­toes weighed in at 1kg (2lb 4oz) and made some lovely sand­wiches and a sauce for some spinach and ri­cotta pan­cakes! The aubergines did well and the ex­per­i­ment of pot­ting the chill­ies and pep­pers into slightly smaller pots worked, giv­ing a good crop of both.

Plants look­ing good in­clude myr­tle, which is prov­ing to be a bee mag­net, the dou­ble hi­bis­cus and thun­ber­gias.

I’ve been pleased with the new bor­der, but I do wish those sun­flow­ers had cho­sen some­where else to grow as they did rather take over – I just couldn’t pull them out, though!

The small ar­eas by the ar­bour near the path need a sort out. They’ve looked too crowded, but the new ar­bour in the oval gar­den looks great.

The front gar­den has been a riot of colour and I must ad­mit I’ve quite en­joyed the change! It amazes me how plants can grow dif­fer­ently from year to year – the cos­mos have been a good ex­am­ple.

Last year I grew a few lemon-coloured ones in some pots – they were lovely but not overly strong-grow­ing, so I thought they’d look re­ally good with the white mar­guerites in the wa­ter fea­ture and bas­ket tree beds. Oh my good­ness! The cos­mos grew so well, they just wanted to take over the whole bed. They were very pretty, though.

Cos­mos ‘Sonata White’ usu­ally be­haves it­self at the back of the bed­ding, but not this year. I’ve never seen such big, beau­ti­ful, strong plants. They did swamp the red gera­ni­ums but they looked so gor­geous I for­gave them.

The ex­otics in the Moles’ gar­den – eu­comis, ba­nana and colo­ca­sia – have loved the weather and looked great.

I’ve been tak­ing cut­tings for next year’s dis­play from mar­guerites, trail­ing and scented gera­ni­ums, fe­li­cias, coleus and I’ll try some from fuch­sia ‘Thalia’, as they’ve been stun­ning in pots in the front gar­den.

We were re­ally pleased to get a let­ter say­ing we’d won first prize in the hang­ing bas­ket sec­tion of Wok­ing in Bloom. We’ve won £100 in vouch­ers, a sil­ver salver and a cer­tifi­cate!

A big beau­ti­ful riot of colour in the front gar­den

Ex­otic eu­comis are easy to grow and have loved our sum­mer weather

It’s so good to sit out­side and en­joy all this colour

My huge ‘Gi­gan­tomo’ tomato

Frilly, dou­ble hi­bis­cus

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