THE BALCONY DRESSER

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

Category: Balcony

Mustard harvest

mustardharvest17 (1)mustardharvest17 (2)mustardharvest17 (3)mustardharvest17 (4)This week, it was already time to harvest the mustard. Sun, soil, water, and pollinators did their job, while voracious plant louses failed to do theirs (i.e. kill the plant). The harvest yielded one teaspoonful of seeds and now I am pondering what to use them for.

First squash flower

squash_150717Things are getting serious in the squashes’ corner. The first flower is out and yellowy attractive. In fact, I had not planned to grow squash on the balcony this year, but somehow the plants made it out and here we are. Like last year when the squash plants came up with many flowers, but with no fruit, I am sure they will make me happy regardless of hwether there is some squash harvest in the fall. For sure, they will provide me with flowers to eat or to marvel at.

First chili pepper flower

firstchilipepperflower2017When I came home after a long week of work, the chili pepper greeted me with its first flower of the season. Happy weekend!

Back in the pumpkin business

squash_0107Okay, I admit it: I couldn’t resist planting squash seeds again this year. It’s Hokkaido squash this time and probably already a little late, but then again, there is nothing to lose. So far, the squash plants share the pot with the mustard (that I have been talking about already), but not long and the mustard is ready to harvest so that the squashes will be on their own.

The lavender’s summer

lavender1806The lavender made this summer its very own. Although I have displanted several lavender sprouts, the remaining ones fill almost two pots and just keep growing. The sun seems to suit them perfectly, so maybe there will be flowers already in their first year.

Flowers and seeds

mustard_1506 (1)The mustard plant keeps producing more and more flowers in this week’s sunshine, thereby attracting my attention and the attention of various pollinators.  Read the rest of this entry »

The sedum today

fetthenne_1006This is the sedum’s first summer on my balcony and it has already gained an impressive size (especially in comparison to most of the other plants around). I am already looking forward to its flowers later this season, but right now the lavender flowers are on (and have sneaked into the picture).

Wednesday flowers, pink edition

tinypinkbouquetI couldn’t resist collecting another handful of field flowers for our kitchen table this week. I mean, just look at the color!

My humble thoughts on Wednesday flowers can be found here.

The mustard one week later…

mustard_0306_2And one sunny week later the mustard plant looks like this. To say that it has outgrown the balcony would be an understatement.

Wednesday flowers

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One old-fashioned baking book I remember from my mother’s kitchen has a category of sweet baked goods labelled ‘Wednesday cakes’. Those are cakes that take little effort and are much easier to make than whatever the good housewife is supposed to serve on a Sunday coffee table. Maybe there is the category of Wednesday flower bouquets, too. Plain and simple flowers in a tiny glass-turned-vase that will cheer you up in the middle of the week. I’d thankfully take them every day.

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