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My path in August ...


My path in August ...

Lily 'Stargazer' is making my patio path rather sensational. My Regale lilies were just as good. If only the garden were like this all the year. My wheelchair can now only just about squeeze through along the path. Because of all the pots the wheels have only an inch or two of clearance, literally. My space is so limited and I really do garden it to the full.



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so full of blooms,just lovely

24 Jul, 2009

 

Lovely display and the Stargazer lily is gorgeous.

24 Jul, 2009

 

Brilliant display Jonathan. Are you being judged on Thursday?

24 Jul, 2009

 

Hi Andrew, As far as I know, I've not been short-listed by the judges. I've not been informed as such. Because my garden is at the rear of a block of private flats in communal grounds, it is rarely seen by members of the public. I think the Bracknell In Bloom judges probably consider it a very nice little garden, but perhaps not all that relevant to the competition as it does not contribute much (in the visual sense) to the community. Therefore I didn't think it likely that I would 'win' anything. But it isn't winning that counts, but taking part. It's just nice to be part of something.

24 Jul, 2009

 

i think its stunning jonathan, you are a true inspuration, its bright and colourfull and so much to see, im in awe :o)))

24 Jul, 2009

 

I'm in complete agreement with the others above, Jonathan, your garden is fabulous & about as full as my balcony! Lol!

The Lilies are really great. I used to grow them on my balconies when I lived in Spain, but I haven't grown any since I came back to the UK.

I also live in a block of flats but my situation is just the opposite of yours! My balcony measures just 3.5m long by 1.5m wide & about 2.10m high. It faces onto the street & I get plenty of admirers! I've never entered it into the Town in Bloom competition for two reasons, 1) I'm not interested in competitions & I grow plants purely for my own pleasure & if that gives other people pleasure, well, that pleases me too! , 2) The competition is also judged in June & my balcony is never fit to be seen at that time. It's is never worth seeing till the middle of July at the earliest, depending on the year. It's also just like an old fashioned cottage garden as everything grows higgledy piggledy with no order.

26 Jul, 2009

 

It looks lovely. How long did it take you to get to this stage?

27 Jul, 2009

 

Hi Everybody, Glad you all liked the picture. There'll be more photos to come soon. The work is never ending Jeanh. Your balcony is amazing, Balcony. Would be good to see some photos of it 'from standing back'. I'd love to see.

27 Jul, 2009

 

I posted a photo of my balcony seen from the street about a week ago! You should find it in my photos. I take a photo from the street about once a month but now with a better mobile with its superior camera I can get lots more shots of the plants on my balcony. The results are better than with my digital camera!

31 Jul, 2009

 

Magnificent display Jonathan...

8 Aug, 2009

 

Absolutely beautiful Jonathan :-)

23 Aug, 2009

mad
Mad
 

Only just "found you" and what a lovely surprise. It is sheer perfection, beautiful. What lot of watering for you. I'm looking forward to more, especially next Spring.

13 Sep, 2009

 

Hi Mad, I'm glad you like my garden. I love Carol Kilien too. She comes across so well and communicates so much. I've been having a look at your garden too. It's lovely.

13 Sep, 2009

 

Great use of space Jonathan. Everything looks so healthy.

18 Sep, 2009

 

amazing, absolutely beautiful!

28 Oct, 2009

uma
Uma
 

Your garden is amazing!

13 Nov, 2009

 

Wow ! this is what we all should aspire to - a garden overflowing with plants and scent. Gorgeous. :~)

8 Dec, 2009

 

I'm glad you enjoyed your visit Muddywalters.

9 Dec, 2009

raj
Raj
 

simply superb.

16 Dec, 2009

 

this place is so beautiful

12 Mar, 2010

 

Yet another inspiration..Thank you so much..This is a real pleasure to look at and I can just imagine how beautiful it smells..Lilies are my absolute favourite flower and love their scent

15 Apr, 2010

 

This is absoloutely so beautiful Johnathan - Am new to gardening so just starting off my garden this spring. Love lillies, what sort of conditions do they like? I only have space for pots in the shade any ideas of something that flowers/scented?

7 May, 2010

 

Hi Annelise, I'm glad you like my pictures. It is very hard to get lilies to grow in shady places as they are sun lovers. I don't know what will produce scent in shade either. Perhaps a Google search for 'shade, scented plants'? I have a tiny shade garden myself, and I grow holly, hellebore, heucheras, tiarella and vincas in it, largely in wooden tubs.

8 May, 2010

 

Thanks for those shady ones Johnathan - mght try and grow a Lily in a sunny spot. When would I plant Lily bulbs if putting in soil or do you grow in a pot first?

8 May, 2010

 

I myself would buy and plant in the autumn, but you can do it now, as soon as you can. You can plant straight into a pot or straight into the soil as you prefer. Some types of lilies are slightly better than others for pot growing. You need to plant them quite deep and the pot will need to be big enough to accomodate the roots. I have some 'Stargazer' liles in a pot. I grow it in the same pot every year. I just change the compost once per year, replanting them back into it in the autumn. A mixture of John Innes no 2 compost and multipurpose compost is about right, half and half. By the second year the same bulbs will be about double the size, and the blooms thus doubly big. Plant the lily bulbs on their sides rather than pointing upwards, half way down a big enough pot. Planting them on their sides will help to prevent the top of the bulb rotting. Stargazer is my strongest recommendation to someone growing a lily for the first time. Nice and easy.

9 May, 2010

 

this is a wow i think

9 May, 2010

Sid
Sid
 

Your garden is inspirational Jonathon - big pat on the back! lol

24 May, 2010

 

What a marvellous sight - so colourful. I thought I had problems gardening but you are an inspiration to everyone - physically fit as well as those very disabled like you. It must bring a lot of pleasure to the people who live near you - Very well done.

15 Oct, 2010

 

A wonderful array of flowers.

16 Jul, 2011

 

What a wonderful display and lots of pots love it!

26 Aug, 2011

 

You have such a beautiful garden!

24 Jul, 2012

 

Do you mulch the plant pots to help with watering, if so what do you use, I am close to 87 and are finding pots and containers all I can manage at this time. Lammie

9 Jun, 2015

 

Lammie - unfortunately Jonathan passed away four or five years ago, so don't expect a reply from him. Personally, I mulch pots with horticultural grit. This seals in the moisture, prevents mosses and liverwort from growing on the surface, and any weeds are easy to pull out while still small.

9 Jun, 2015



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