Read­ers’ gar­dens

Garden News (UK) - - Contents - Jane Broughton

The gar­dens around her new house in Urm­ston, Manch­ester, are a haven of dis­cov­ery and are grad­u­ally re­veal­ing their glo­ries as the months pass.

Ihad to go into hospi­tal this month and re­cov­er­ing from surgery has meant that the gar­den has pretty much been left to fend for it­self. Now I’m mo­bile again, I’ve been out to in­spect our lit­tle plot and am happy to re­port that the plants and seeds ap­pear to have been thriv­ing in my ab­sence!

Un­for­tu­nately this in­cludes the grass. It has taken ad­van­tage of the re­cent rain­fall and warmth to put on a growth spurt and the lawn is now around 50 per cent rag­wort plants!

The morn­ing glory, which has grown up again from seeds planted last spring, is cov­ered with in­tense pur­ple-blue flow­ers and is ram­bling over a lat­tice that I had in­tended for sweet peas.

I’ve man­aged to grow some lovely red sweet peas from a packet of Gar­den News seeds, but I must ad­mit that in a con­test for dra­matic im­pact, the morn­ing glory wins hands down.

Other plants cur­rently adding colour to the bor­ders are the Ja­panese anemones, the apricot-coloured hol­ly­hocks and our var­i­ous fuch­sias. I’ve also no­ticed the clema­tis plants, in­clud­ing the beau­ti­ful dou­ble ‘Josephine’, are about to pro­duce a sec­ond crop of flow­ers.

I have a ‘sick bay’ of com­post- filled grow­ing bags where I plant out any­thing that ap­pears to be dy­ing to give it a last chance be­fore join­ing the com­post bin. Three dahlia plants that had been chomped to with­ered brown stumps by the slugs have seized this op­por­tu­nity and are now a mass of candy pink flow­ers. I’ve no idea why the slugs haven’t re­dis­cov­ered them, but I’m so pleased I didn’t just give up on them.

An­other pleas­ant sur­prise has been the dis­cov­ery of a long slim stem grow­ing up through a mass of pan­sies in one of the hang­ing bas­kets. I care­fully dug it out and re­planted it into an empty pot. Now that it’s es­tab­lished, it’s ap­par­ent that it’s a sun­flower! It’s look­ing very healthy and my grand­sons are check­ing ev­ery time they visit to see if the bud has fi­nally opened.

My frilly dou­ble hol­ly­hock in co­ral, and joy­ous Ja­panese anemones

Win­dow­box dis­plays of be­go­nias, trail­ing gera­ni­ums, ferns and lo­belia

These dahlias were given a sec­ond chance – they’ve come up trumps!

Stylish red sweet peas – a break from the norm

I love the in­tense blue of this morn­ing glory

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