THE BALCONY DRESSER

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

Category: Balcony

Fall inside

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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).

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Balconies of Vicenza

Vicenza is in many ways a very decorative and ornate town – and this sense of style is also visible on its balconies. So here is a pretty foursome from the last stop on my Italian summer tour.

Three balconies and one window, Perugia

A tour of the Umbrian town of Perugia brought very different balconies and a plant-filled window, which I loved for the chili peppers. I like this quartet because it shows how varied both the balcony architecture and the plants grown on them can be. And still all of them look so quintessentially Italian.

Balconies of Spello, Umbria

My Italy tour continues further South in the small Umbrian town of Spello. Spello is well-known for its Roman gates and Romanesque churches, but who would have thought that the town is also plant-crazy? Apparently, there is a local competition for the prettiest balcony or stoops and the town itself has won a silver medal in a European competition of the “Entente Florale”. So definitely a place to go for balcony lovers.

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