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

Got this covered?

gotthiscovered_2The first snow arrived and for a time long enoug to take a picture a white blanket covered the city’s dirty streets and sidewalks. In the meantime, most of the balcony plants are hibernating and I covered the sensible ones with spare fir branches left over from advent wreath making.



sedum_frosted (2)_1The first frost came and left everything sugar-coated. Is this season so pretty because it’s got the finiteness written all over it?


textbook (1)Gardening as I do it relies mostly on trying to learn what the plant likes best and then treat her that way. That does not mean, however,  that I never consult books, blogs or websites. Quite the contrary, I love browsing plants.

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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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Approaching ripeness

cuoredibue_1tomatoes_2cuoredibue_3cuoredibue_4That which was seeds at the beginning of spring is a ripe delicious fruit at the beginning of fall. But when I look through the photos of the tomatoes’ ripening process I have to admit that most of the excitement takes place along the way.

Wednesday flowers, better together

togetherOn our table right now: an unlikely pair of pink and white.

One chili pepper for cooking

chili pepper_0917This chili pepper, which for some reason remained the only fruit on the plant, has just been harvested and turned into delicious dinner. We opted for this (highly recommendable) dish (minus the meat) and it was great as usual. At one point I still had to think: it takes so long to grow the chili pepper and it is being eaten so quickly.

Tidying up

tidying upGiven that I grow mostly vegetables or herbs in small pots, there is not much need to prune my plants. Yet, from time to time and mostly when first yellow leaves and withered flowers indicate weaker parts ofthe plants, I make a little round with my scissors or thumb and finger. Above is today’s result.


IMG_1378Last year in Italy, we bought tomatoes cuore di bue on the market, turned them into a sauce that we spilled over fresh pasta – and when we ate, some of their seeds were already tucked away to be taken home and sowed out at the beginning of the new season. And here we are at the end of it. Although the plant is too big for my balcony, I came regularly fo a visit and I am glad it not only developed three tomatoes, but that these even start to ripen.

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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