Archives for category: Off-Balcony

Last Christmas, I picked up some seeds from the black bat or devil flower, tacca chantrieriin the Natural History Museum in Vienna (from the gift shop – I didn’t pilfer them from a display). Read the rest of this entry »


Since I took the “feet up” approach to gardening, most of the action is happening elsewhere: blossom on trees, tulips and forsythia. The balcony is stuck in its eight-months-a-year colour range of green to maroon. Read the rest of this entry »

img_3965A ranunculus and twigs salvaged from the office flower arrangement on Friday afternoon. Gather ye rosebuds while – and where – ye may. Read the rest of this entry »

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IMG_3390Capitol Park, Sacramento CA

IMG_3288Spring has been a long time coming and the balcony an inhospitable place, so until this weekend I’ve been indoor gardening. Most flowers end up in the bedroom window because the radiator is hardly ever on here. The cat grass is to stop the cat accidentally poisoning himself. Read the rest of this entry »

20160128_010Clouds of bougainvillea in La Hoya, Tenerife.

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20160106_010The usual view to the east, in winter guise. Read the rest of this entry »

IMG_3032I was invited to a wedding outside Regensburg in Bavaria at the end of June, and a few of us were tasked with the floral decorations for the reception. I take credit for the ram above and some of the meadow style flower arrangements below. Read the rest of this entry »

IMG_3016During a somnambulist Saturday morning supermarket sweep, I came across a consignment of little pelargonium plants at 1€ a pop. Since it was time to fill the balcony boxes, and the garden centre is a long way away, I impulse-bought a bunch of them in various colourways.

IMG_2904When I got home I realised I didn’t want that kind of two-tone mix after all, and the plants were left for weeks in a cardboard box getting dry and manky, dropping all the flowerbuds. Just as things were starting to look dire, I noticed two flower pots outside the Späti on the corner below, containing only a sorry mix of coffee grounds, weeds and cigarette butts. So I gave them a makeover: