THE BALCONY DRESSER

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

Category: indoors

Office plant

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Part of the reason why it was so quiet in this space lately is that I have started a new job with longer working hours. I will neither forget about my balcony nor about you, dear readers, but I needed the last couple of weeks to get settled. Read the rest of this entry »

A birch cloak

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When it comes to dressing my plants, I tend to think that less is generally more. A good terracotta pot is what I usually turn to. But sometimes I get carried away. Read the rest of this entry »

Holiday souvenirs

agave_1Taking plants home as holiday souvenirs is both tempting and tricky. It is tempting because when travelling, I often see plants that we either do not have in our region or that are simply so beautiful that I would love to put them into my bag. Then again, I am reminded that, first, there are strict legal limits to doing this, and secondly, you might end up killing a plant by taking it out of it natural habitat (let alone the risk of importing bugs or deseases that you seriously don’t want to start spreading). Read the rest of this entry »

Nice surprise

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Sometimes my plants surprise me by doing something unexpected, i.e. something that I (literally) had not seen coming. Just like this rosemary that produced a series of small lilac flowers during the last ten days or so. To say ‘Thank you, Rosemary!, here are the flowers in the order of their appearance.

Bottled clippings

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Here are some more photos from our trip to Mexico that I wanted to share with you. I just loved the idea of filling these colored glass bottles with leafy clippings instead of flowers. And even though some of the petioles started to root, they added a nice little freshness to our hotel room and breakfast table. Read the rest of this entry »

Coming out

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Over the last 24 hours, the first squash plant came out. (Documentation of the changing light on our kitchen window sill included.)

Pre-spring

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Pre-spring means spring indoors. It is the time of the year, which I like more for reminding me of what can be than for what it actually is. Read the rest of this entry »

City bird

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My plants and I live in a small apartment in a big city. Consequently there is not much storage space, leave alone space for items that are pure decoration. So clearly things that serve multiple purposes are warmly welcome and in a certain sense plants fulfil this requirement, too: besides being plants and leafy companions, they are herbs or air-purifiers. Read the rest of this entry »

Fresh from the oven

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If you are a regular reader of this blog, you are well aware that most of the plants I grow either yield fruits or are meant to flavor our dishes. It might therefore be surprising that I have no actual kitchen plants that sit on the kitchen window sill year-round. Instead, most of the plants are balcony residents and only come back inside for the winter. Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas chili peppers

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As you know, the chili peppers have ripened indoors this year and today I gathered the first five of them. Because of their bright holiday reds, I couldn’t resist “decorating” this fir branch with them.

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