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Two magnificent early flowers on the clematis, as the rest of the vine continues upwards.

The roses start on the floor with the Duchess Cristiana, whose lanky shoots are blending in with the lower part of the climbing rose above.

Having been spoilt with glossy leaves for two years, so far this spring I’ve had black spot, powdery mildew and caterpillars. The black spot is under control, touch wood, it seemed to be mainly early foliage on the climber that was affected. Spraying with milk and water really takes care of the powdery mildew; it gets a bit stinky after a while, and I have to lug the pots inside for a shower, but it’s effective. The caterpillars seem unstoppable though.

The business end of the balcony, where we harness the power of the sun. Despite last year’s bumper tomato crop, I totally forgot to collect seeds, so this one is from the garden centre. Of the same kind though, and growing nicely. As are the chives and the parsley, also cheats from the same place, lovingly repotted (I could have done a better job with the chives, probably).

I’ve sown some sweet peas, too.

Pouting Duchess.

Lupo, the raggedy wolf of a rose bush, is in the pink.

 

 

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IMG_2823Some veery skinny iris there, and a rosemary that may or may not have survived winter. The cat has his vantage point back, overlooking the street corner. Read the rest of this entry »

physalis alkekengiYou can’t keep a good balcony down. Eventually it recovered from its heat wave hiatus and I bolstered the surviving plants with a few seasonal acquisitions. Heather and chrysanthemum are given, but my favourite is the chinese lantern plant, physalis alkekengi. I was pleased to learn that it’s perennial and tolerates frost, so I transplanted it into a slightly larger pot lined with bubble wrap and hope that it’s a keeper. The bright orange calyces are exquisite, no wonder the plant has its own festival in Japan: hōzuki-ichi. Read the rest of this entry »

The weather forecasts say the temperature will drop to freezing in Berlin at the weekend, so I made use of the last (?) days of mild weather to prepare the balcony for the chill.

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Nothing ever goes quite to plan… Two days after setting up this blog, I was diagnosed with an illness – and suddenly the web was for treatment research rather than balcony blogging. It didn’t stop me from tending to and enjoying my container garden though. Next season, I’ll be able to share what I’ve learnt this year.

For now, here are some photos from the glory days of high summer:

An assortment of kitchen herbs is a must of course. It’s nice to have fresh herbs readily available for cooking, or nip a few leaves off to crumble between the fingers and sniff. The window ledge is a good location since it gets a lot of sun which most herbs prefer, and I can easily harvest what I need through the window.

Kitchen Herbs

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