Sunday, 16 August 2009

Flowers and Foliage...

The London Vegetable Garden is split firmly into two camps; vegetables and flowers! Whilst my enthusiasm for container vegetable growing threatens to overrun the poor balcony, my girlfriend ensures that we have a botanical balance in force!

Throughout the year we choose a variety of cheap bedding plants for window boxes that generally last anywhere up to three months. These hardy flowers would last longer in the ground, however in containers they quickly grow too big for their environment. Take a look at the before and after pictures – taken two months apart:

Another feature of the London Vegetable Garden's flower display is an array of plants in containers. My girlfriend's father very kindly sent down some new plants from his beautiful garden this weekend. As gardening author Bob Purnell states, one of the benefits of container gardening is your ability to move and re-arrange plants to create a stunning display – this is certainly a huge advantage when pottering about on such a small space.

The London Vegetable Garden project may be about the vegetables, but I'm certainly grateful for my girlfriend's insistence on a certain quota of flowers; it certainly makes the balcony an attractive and a colourful place to work on! The versatility of plants and flowers in pots in containers is incredible – and allows urban gardeners the chance to build some impressive displays.


  1. Dear Callum
    I would like to get in contact with you regarding a picture on your blog. We on Kairos Future, a Swedish research and consulting firm ( are writing a report about garden interests among gardeners around the world. We have read a lot of garden blogs in fifteen different countries too see what is fun, interesting, upcoming etc in the world of gardening. It will now result in a report about Global garden passions. As the report is a result from the world of blogs we would like to have picture in it from different garden blogs worldwide. On your blog we have found a beautiful picture that we would like to ask for your allowance to use in the report. It is the picture in a text from Sunday, 16 August 2009, “Flowers and Foliage” and the last picture in that text, from the balcony.

    Iwould be very grateful to get in contact with you regarding this picture; my email is Of course you will receive a copy of the report when it is ready.

    Thanks and Best regards
    Nilla Persson
    Kairos Future

  2. Well, I am also planning to make my own garden. Seems interesting. Anyway, thanks for sharing this post.


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