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Annie Honjo, My Garden (OL14)

Styles: Courtyards and small terraces, English cottage, Suburban, Wildflower, Wildlife

Light: Partial Shade

Aspect: West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)

A 2nd floor veranda measuring 2m x 1m. I could only bring a few potted plants from my London garden when I moved up to West Yorkshire. With only a small space I need to keep the pots to a minimum. The main problem I have is the wind that fair whistles up the Rochdale Canal and hits the veranda head-on. Plants at the back and next to the wall of the building (a19th century textile mill) are sheltered and protected, while plants at the front are small, grasses and hardy perennials which are protected by the veranda surround. At the height of summer, it receives full sun after around 4.30, but is shaded for most of the day, though open to the light.

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Annie Honjo

Annie Honjo

About me
I am now retired and have moved to a flat in an old 19th century mill in West Yorkshire. As with my London garden, I am restricted to container gardening, but on an even smaller scale - it is a small veranda! Not what you would call a real garden I suppose, but the aspect of the space and the hardiness of the plants does pose a few problems.

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
Turning blank, unloved spaces into beautiful garden spaces. My last garden went from a rectangle of pea-shingle to a veritable cottage garden in just 2 years. In one garden, I was able to change the soil from heavy clay to a fine, nutritious tilth over a period of 6 years.

Biggest gardening frustrations
Not owning my own garden!

The gardening project I am currently working on
Maintaining a minimum of choice plants that will provide interest year round, while allowing for a few additions during the growing season. Space is an issue!


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