THE BALCONY DRESSER

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

Buzziness

buzziness (1)buzziness (2)buzziness (3)buzziness (4)The blooming winter savory is currently the plant that attracts most pollinators. My problem is that as a result the savory produces quite a lot of seeds that spread all over the balcony and will definitely sprout next spring. Given that I find it hard to pull plants out, I now have three pots in which winter savory grows (and blooms).

Still, if you are looking for a plant that is easily grown on the balcony, that demands little care, stays outside during winter and that can be used in the kitchen, savory might be one of the best options.

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Only child

onlychildThis chili pepper seems to specialize and grows only one pod so far – a big one, but not more. You can see that other flowers have been pollinated, but have not developed since. I don’t really know why this is the case, even more since we’ve had enough sun and heat, which should normally please the plant.

Jealousy about food?

foodjealousyI am not sure whether the pollinators are actually competing for food these days of summer flowers, but what I am pretty certain of is that broken petals do not prevent them from stopping by.

Mustard harvest

mustardharvest17 (1)mustardharvest17 (2)mustardharvest17 (3)mustardharvest17 (4)This week, it was already time to harvest the mustard. Sun, soil, water, and pollinators did their job, while voracious plant louses failed to do theirs (i.e. kill the plant). The harvest yielded one teaspoonful of seeds and now I am pondering what to use them for.

First squash flower

squash_150717Things are getting serious in the squashes’ corner. The first flower is out and yellowy attractive. In fact, I had not planned to grow squash on the balcony this year, but somehow the plants made it out and here we are. Like last year when the squash plants came up with many flowers, but with no fruit, I am sure they will make me happy regardless of hwether there is some squash harvest in the fall. For sure, they will provide me with flowers to eat or to marvel at.

First chili pepper flower

firstchilipepperflower2017When I came home after a long week of work, the chili pepper greeted me with its first flower of the season. Happy weekend!

Back in the pumpkin business

squash_0107Okay, I admit it: I couldn’t resist planting squash seeds again this year. It’s Hokkaido squash this time and probably already a little late, but then again, there is nothing to lose. So far, the squash plants share the pot with the mustard (that I have been talking about already), but not long and the mustard is ready to harvest so that the squashes will be on their own.

The lavender’s summer

lavender1806The lavender made this summer its very own. Although I have displanted several lavender sprouts, the remaining ones fill almost two pots and just keep growing. The sun seems to suit them perfectly, so maybe there will be flowers already in their first year.

Flowers and seeds

mustard_1506 (1)The mustard plant keeps producing more and more flowers in this week’s sunshine, thereby attracting my attention and the attention of various pollinators.  Read the rest of this entry »

The sedum today

fetthenne_1006This is the sedum’s first summer on my balcony and it has already gained an impressive size (especially in comparison to most of the other plants around). I am already looking forward to its flowers later this season, but right now the lavender flowers are on (and have sneaked into the picture).

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