THE BALCONY DRESSER

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

Category: indoors

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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Tulips

tulips_318 (2)The season’s first bouquet of tulips is on the kitchen table and the whole room feels different.  Read the rest of this entry »

Snowy interlude

green inside_white outsideA couple of grey, cold and snowy days have slowed the growing process considerably. I just wonder what these little chili pepper plants think when they see the snow piling up outside the window.

Welcome 2018!

welcome 20182018 is here and I wish you and your plants a healthy, happy and green new year! I am already excited about growing new plans and am counting the days until the seeds go into the soil. In the selection above you find from left to right mustard, pumpkin, cress and chili pepper. In addition, I plan to grow peas for the first time… I can’t wait (but still have to).

Repotted

repotted_1It’s rare that a plant so audibly tells you that it needs to be repotted as this jade plant did. Having grown tall and heavy during a long summer in a much too small pot, it fell over one day, being kept back by the balcony’s bars only.

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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 »

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 »

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