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Sheila Sim, My Garden (EH15)

Styles: Coastal, Contemporary, Allotment or vegetable plot, English cottage

Soil types: Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage: Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH: Neutral

Light: Partial Shade

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

A small, walled garden situated just off the Promenade in Edinburgh's Portobello. North facing, it is subject to the occasional harsh gale coming in off the sea. Nevertheless, cottage plants - geraniums, lupins, foxgloves, etc - seem to thrive here and this is our preferred style of planting. Planting is designed to maximise scent during the day (roses, stocks, sweet peas, lavender) and in the evening (honeysuckle, nicotiana, night scented stock). Hard landscaping - done professionally to our design - reduces the maintenance. My husband's herb-and-vegetable plot was intended (by me) to be minimal in size, but he has been gradually encroaching on my flower beds. He is forgiven, though, thanks to the quality of his produce... We have our own honey bees, and the garden enjoys the attention of a great variety and number of bumble bees.

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Sheila Sim

Sheila Sim

About me
After a childhood spent distracting my mother every time we drove past a garden centre so that she wouldn't make us stop there (look mum, a spaceship!), I discovered the joy of gardening in my late 30's. It coincided with a growing interest in photography, and my two passions now feed each other: the more I photograph plants and gardens the more I enjoy gardening, and vice versa. My husband and I work full time and our garden has more hard landscaping than we might ideally prefer, simply because otherwise we wouldn't have sufficient time to keep on top of it. Andy takes care of the vegetables and herbs; I'm the flower lady.

Gardening expertise
Very Keen

Biggest gardening accomplishments
Planting around 500 bulbs for next year - back breaking, but the rewards next spring will be huge.

Biggest gardening frustrations
Bindweed, bindweed, bindweed - aaarrghh!

The gardening project I am currently working on
Photographing the winter garden.


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