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

Month: July, 2016

Update: parsnips


I had so much work at the office during the last weeks that I did not find enough time to write about my summer balcony on these pages. And this although I have the impression that caring for and looking at the plants really calms and thus helps me during periods of stress. Read the rest of this entry »


Some very hungry caterpillars


My balcony and in particular the mustard has been invaded by caterpillars lately. And I have to say they did a very good job in (almost) killing the plant. There were at least 15 of them and their talent to make themselves almost invisible can be seen in the fact that my automatic camera does not really get them into focus. So the shot above is the best I could do on the balcony. Read the rest of this entry »

Flower bike

flower bike

If you don’t have a balcony, but a spare bike, why not do this? Note, however, that an additional kickstand was added here.

Small flower, big bumblebee



The bumblebee snacked on the mentha flower and I had to take the picture through the glass of our balcony door to not disturb (therefore please excuse the slight blurriness).

Yellow happiness

mustard_2806The mustard turned into the tallest plant that I have grown on the balcony so far – and into a plant that made many ones happy. Among them is our neighbor from across the street whom I met last weekend running errands and she stopped to thank me for all the green leaves and flowers on display. The other species that seems to be particularly happy about the mustard flowers are pollinating insects of all kinds. It is rare that no bees, hooverflies or even bumblebees surround the yellow blossoms.

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