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A Member's Garden,   Summer 2014
Basil Billinger

  To brighten you up at this damp and dreary time of year are a selection of pictures from Basil Billinger of his garden last year.
   Basil has lived in the same property in Nailsea, North Somerset for the past forty years. The garden has naturally evolved over this time. From having a large cottage garden and many bedding borders it is now minimalist in many ways.
   The cottage garden in now gravel and the borders are mainly foliage plants and shrubs. Colour in the summer is almost exclusively begonias which are so versatile and long lasting and even these have changed.
   The many hanging baskets of pendulas have been replaced with half baskets.
Plants are no longer pendulas but are multi flora and Boliviensis type that have been introduced over the past years. These tend to withstand what any weather can throw at them and the half baskets give a stable display. The added benefit is that sun scorch in minimal in these varieties.
   The only problem is vine weevils which appear to be very prevalent in the warmer climate in the South West. However, Provado and moth balls usually do the trick.
   Also, pedestal baskets are used, mainly being planted with semperfloren. These have the advantage of being easy to move to brighten up areas as the season progresses.
   With plant catalogues falling through the letter boxes it is hoped that these pictures will give inspiration for the summer ahead.


Firestorm


Amour

Pink on Top


Roy Mackey


Primrose

Ami Bard

Glowing Embers


Yellow Hammer


Firestorm & Roy Mackey


Le Madelon

Raspberry Cream

Flamboyant

              

OTHER PAGES BY BASIL BILLINGER
Begonias at the Rose & Sweet Pea Show

A Spring Visit to the South West Area Representative's Greenhouses     Garden Begonias
Begonia Trail through the Mendips          A Spring Visit to B&L 2007     An Early Visit to B&L 2008
 B&L Chelsea Preview May 2009          B&L Chelsea Preview May 2008          October Begonias

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