Our Summer Display – by Pam Gray

I am really looking forward to writing some blogs for Thompson & Morgan and as this is my first piece, I will tell you a little bit about our garden and myself. Our garden isn’t huge, 40′ x 27′ at the front and approx 80′ x 30′ at the back, with a very small garden at the side of the house. Both I and my husband Barry are very enthusiastic gardeners and we are always planning and growing plants for our summer displays.

Our garden

Barry does all the hard work and enjoys looking after our veggie garden and allotment. We live in Surrey and the soil is typical ‘bagshot’ sand and therefore needs lots of garden compost dug in each year. I have been gardening for over 30 years now and I have 3 incredible greenhouses! Barry built my first greenhouse and I inherited a second greenhouse from an Auntie. I was then lucky enough to win the other one in a competition.

Our garden

Greenhouse no.1 is my veggie greenhouse where I grow tomatoes, peppers, chillies, cucumbers and my favourite herbs which consists of different varieties of Basil.

Our garden

Greenhouse no.2 is a pot plant greenhouse in summer and a cuttings greenhouse in winter. Greenhouses have uses all year round!

Our garden

Greenhouse no.3 is for anything I can’t fit into the other two!! This year it will be full of peppers and chillies some of which I will be trialling for Thompson & Morgan (I am really looking forward to it) I really enjoy being a trial member.  It is such a joy to grow products and share the results with other gardeners.

Our garden

I really enjoy making our front garden as colourful as possible for the summer. I also enjoying growing plants from cuttings, seeds and plugs as I try to make our garden look a bit ‘cottagy’ rather than too formal. This year our garden will be full of cosmos, marguerites, petunias, begonias, vanilla marigolds, blue salvias and ageratum.

our garden

Our back garden has a small pond and lawn area too, we have a secret garden and a veggie garden which is edged with cordon fruit trees.

our garden

For the past few years we have opened our garden for the National Garden Scheme and last summer we were filmed for a small part in the Great British Garden Revival alongside Christine Walkden in the Ornamental Bedding episode – it was very exciting!

Thank you for reading my blog,

Best Wishes,



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  1. Yvonne Carroll Butler says:

    Hi Pam and Barry just want to say I have never seen a garden as lovely as yours. I love my garden but as we are in the same age group I am trying to make mine as easy as possible. I congratulate you both on all your hard work and look forward to viewing your garden again……

  2. Liz says:

    Wow!! I really enjoyed the blog and pictures, very inspirational thanks a lot.

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