I thought you all might like to see how my garden’s looking at the moment. It’s the usual tangled of partially-kempt plants, and merry surprises.. but, heck, I like it that way!

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First up, these bolshy begonias! I am utterly astounded by the performance of these.. you may recognise the flower form as Begonia elatior, which was traditionally a houseplant.. But, now new breeding means the flowers are bigger, weatherproof and can stand sun as well as shade…!

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Eek, that’s my favourite Gazania right now! From the ‘Sunbathers’ Series, these funky blooms are open whatever the weather. Tbh, they’re now overshadowed by my gargantuan Helianthus maximiliani, but still performly superbly!

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Cerinthe! One of the most promiscuous annuals in the garden, new colours and strains are throwing themselves up all the time! This little lad has a gorgeous multi-tone appearance!

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I tried a little experiment, which has gone a little wrong. I’m still giving a few more weeks, so won’t spill the beans just yet. But, this glorious Borage is all part of it! You can’t not take a good picture of this one!

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Here’s my entry in the Ideal world shopping channel ‘Lily grow off’ and it’s looking strong! It’s a new, stargazer-challenging oriental lily, which- as you can see- is great for pots, not too tall, not too short!

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Most people giggle when they say the name of this one, but not me, I am ever the professional…! Delosperma, the Ice Plant, is a plant that loves neglect, so perfect for gallivanting people like myself!

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We’ve come a long way since terracotta pots with swirly patterns on the side! These achingly contemporary containers suit Petunia ‘Rim Magenta’ perfectly well! Sooooooo sexy!

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Lastly, and I still can’t remember where I bought the vases, we have these carnival-esque Petunia ‘Frills and Spills’.. UK-bred, packed with petals and with a perfume you could bottle. Lush!!

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