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

Category: Balcony

New year, new snow

new year_new snowAs so often, we had rainy days of Christmas, but snow on the first days of this new year 2019! This time, the snow lies thick on the balcony plants and as always it makes me wonder whether they will get through winter healthy and strong.

Then again, the white blanket offered by the snow is like a new white page open to write upon – and what better metaphor could there be for the new year, even if the color that this blog cherishes the most is green. So here is to new beginnings, new planting plans and to an overall a green year 2019!


Time to wrap it up, folks!

wrap-it-up_2.jpgWe had the first night frost of the season and – not too soon – I packed my Mediterranean plants in bubble wrap. Like last winter I want to leave them outside as long as possible, but this extra protection is definitely needed.

Also when I looked at this photo on my computer, I was struck by how chilly it looks with the blueish-grey colors (no filter there).

Tiny chili pepper harvest

There was hardly anything to be harvested on the balcony this year – except this one chili pepper. It looks just right, but I wouldn’t have mind getting another one or two.

PS: Although it is not exactly obvious from the pictures, photos 1-3 were taken at a distance of one week each.

Fall inside


There is no denying that here in Central Europe we had an usually long summer this year. Yet even the longest summer will turn into fall eventually and while days are getting shorter, leaves are turning into bright reds, yellows and oranges and will come down eventually. In fact, fall did not only arrive on the balcony, but also hit those plants that live primarily inside like this pomegranate. The seed-grown oleanders by contrast are still wearing their dark green leaves (and might continue doing so through winter).

Heirloom plants, a recommendation

I thought I’d post this in case it is of interest for some of you: in this month of October, the University of Chicago Press offers a free ebook on heirloom plants and especially tomatoes. To download the book entitled Edible Memory, head here.

The pleasures of harvest

Although I could not harvest much from my balcony this year, I was exceptionally lucky that I got plenty of fruit during summer and early fall from other sources. Although I have also enjoyed bags full of apples and tomatoes, I think this collection of blackberries, mirabelle plums, pears and hazelnuts sums it up quite well.

PS: All fruit pictured except the pears were wild-growing.

Sedum, vase and balcony

sedum 2018 (3)

When the summer goes, the sedum blooms and keeps the balcony colorful and alive for another couple of weeks. They also last long in the vase and so I am glad that this one keeps me company while I open my home office on the kitchen table.

For pictures of the sedum on the balcony, please click.

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Italian flower shop

flower shop_detail

I am back at home for some time now but with fall in the air after a grey and very rainy weekend, nothing seems more suitable than to post this photo of an Italian flower shop in full sunlight.

Late summer flower

flowerMy balcony was not so much fun this summer and I guess you have already realized this from my posts or rather the lack thereof. The reason for this, as already mentioned, were the construction works going on at our apartment building with a scaffolding in front of our windows and in front of the balcony, too. The plants suffered quite a lot, many grew slower (from less air and less light, despite this being a very long and sunny summer) and were not pollinated as the bees, bumblebees and other insects did not fly behind the scaffolding’s plastic cover.

So very late this season, I am enjoying at least this one flower and I used to think that it’s a tiny sunflower, but everybody tells me that it doesn’t look like one. So, if someone knows what kind of plant this is, I’d be happy to learn from you.

A green facade outgrowing the balcony


With so much green growing on the facade, what do you need a balcony for? In fact, I am not sure how this building is being used, but if you want to check for yourself, you may find it in Abbazia di Novacella in South Tyrol.

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