No space is too small to enjoy the pleasure of homegrown somethings sometimes.

Earth Day thoughts

earthdayI have already been marching for science today, so at least a little blog post on Earth Day is warranted. It goes without saying that we have just this one earth and that it needs our protection and care. The fact that it rewards us with everything we need, that it is in fact our basis of life should make it even easier to take steps.

The picture above was taken during our holiday in Greece and this picturesque ensemble of plants is such a good example of how little (in terms of space, soil and even water) it needs to sustain life and beauty. So let’s grow further.

Greek butterfly

butterfly_Greece_2We came to Greece for our Easter holidays and are lucky enough to have a hotel room with a balcony. Read the rest of this entry »

Urban plant still life

urbanplantstilllifeSpring has arrived – tentatively, but percebtible. Still, you have to look closely to find its traces in the city streets. This little flower is one of them, sheltered by a house wall, surounded by the snow’s gravel and the city’s garbage. And yet, it made my day.

Come up!

chilipepper2003Just in time for spring, this tiny chili pepper made it through the soil. Now, all we need is a lot more sunshine (and the weather forecast looks promising, indeed)!

Hello, first signs of spring!

soon_soonIt would be too early to celebrate the arrival of spring, but the first green leaves in my flower pots assure me that spring will arrive eventually. These fleshy leaves are from the sedum that is a newcomer to the balcony and will experience its first spring here. So far I am glad it made it through the winter and I am curious to see what is going to happen.

Very last harvest

parsnips_2502Spring is nearing and the first sprouts tell us about it. Before new plants can take over my balcony, however, I had to dig out the remaining harvest from last year, that is some more parsnips. They had been well-conserved in the soil during the winter months and even the long freeze-up did not do them any harm. And what a pleasure it is to enjoy some fresh homegrown vegetables in February!

PS: Growing parsnips even on my tiny balcony has been so rewarding, I will definitely sow them out againt his year.


dialogueThe bird is real, but doesn’t it look as if a book-holding angel was trying to talk to him? (Photo snapped on a winter morning this week, still waiting for balcony weather.)

Paris balconies



It’s not long until the first sprouts of spring will become visible and the first seeds will germinate indoors. In the meantime, let’s enjoy these anticipation-filled winter days a little longer and dream of blooming balconies such as these ones from Paris last June.

Kitchen garden

We have just witnessed the inauguration of a new US President, troubled, not knowing what lies ahead. What this election has shown (among many other things that are thankfully being talked about, too) is that although so many people outside the US are affected by the outcome of the election, they did not have a vote. I am among them and I am glad to say we do at least have an opinion and a voice. So within the thematic limits of this blog, I would like to point out another wonderful project that has blossomed while the Obama family resided at the white house, namely the White House Kitchen Garden. And even if this garden is not being taken care of any longer (which I do not hope will happen), we can at least have our little share of a kitchen garden ourselves – in our gardens, on our balconies or even inside our kitchens.

White and green


Snow on the street and some green preserved on the balcony. Here right now.

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