THE BALCONY DRESSER

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

Category: indoors

Summer (forever) plants

summerplant_2Summer vacation is over and the air smells like fall (and rain and lower temperatures). And although I like fall and am looking forward to it for all the well-known reasons of golden leaves and pumkins, I’d rather have another week of summer to say good-bye properly. Read the rest of this entry »

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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.

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 »

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