THE BALCONY DRESSER

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

Summit

dialogueThe bird is real, but doesn’t it look as if a book-holding angel was trying to talk to him? (Photo snapped on a winter morning this week, still waiting for balcony weather.)

Paris balconies

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It’s not long until the first sprouts of spring will become visible and the first seeds will germinate indoors. In the meantime, let’s enjoy these anticipation-filled winter days a little longer and dream of blooming balconies such as these ones from Paris last June.

Kitchen garden

We have just witnessed the inauguration of a new US President, troubled, not knowing what lies ahead. What this election has shown (among many other things that are thankfully being talked about, too) is that although so many people outside the US are affected by the outcome of the election, they did not have a vote. I am among them and I am glad to say we do at least have an opinion and a voice. So within the thematic limits of this blog, I would like to point out another wonderful project that has blossomed while the Obama family resided at the white house, namely the White House Kitchen Garden. And even if this garden is not being taken care of any longer (which I do not hope will happen), we can at least have our little share of a kitchen garden ourselves – in our gardens, on our balconies or even inside our kitchens.

White and green

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Snow on the street and some green preserved on the balcony. Here right now.

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 »

Hope for the new year

yearendsurpriseWhen I came back home after the Christmas days, this mustard plant surprised me with a flower. It has sprouted from seeds that had fallen off the mustard plants last summer and does not mind the temperatures below zero (Celsius) that we are having these days. If flowers mean hope, an unexpected flower at this time of the year might mean hope for the months to come. 2016 was a tough year in many ways, so here is to a bright, joy- and peaceful new year 2017!

Unequal couple

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Some plants offer the joy of harvest even during these cold and dark winter days. Indeed, I collected two very different fruits lately – a chili pepper that has ripened indoors and a parsnip that was about to grow new green leaves out on the balcony.

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 »

Ripening indoors (once again)

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Outside temperatures have reached a point that is too low for warmth-loving plants. This chili pepper is one of them and has therefore been moved inside already about three weeks ago. It seems that it finally got acclimatized to the apartment air and starts the ripening process now. Indeed, something beautiful to look at no matter where it takes place.

Pumpkins and squashes

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halloween16_3halloween16_2halloween16_1Unfortunately, I did not manage to grow any acorn squashes on the balcony this season. Regular wind and heavy rain throughout the summer months were probably not exactly what the plant wanted. But luckily other pumpkin farmers were more successful. So on the occasion of halloween, here is a small squash and pumpkin collection.

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