Archives for category: Autumn

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IMG_3661It’s the Nightshades, Solanaceae, that are heralding the changing of the seasons on the balcony. Read the rest of this entry »

IMG_3197I suspect it’s already here; the physalis has lit its lanterns one by one, and the balcony is starting to look a little bedraggled. Read the rest of this entry »

November morningSummer, that is. I spent a lot of time on the balcony this year, but forgot to post. Of course, like everything else, it’s about the journey; the blog is a way to pass the time when growth is slow and anticipation high.

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atumn_clematisThe clematis has produced one last hurrah in faded, water colour violet. Foliage hasn’t been looking its best, hope it’s just general withering and nothing more serious.

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heatherThere’s still some colour left on and around the balcony. Here’s pink heather against a rare blue sky.

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deck tiles autumnBack when Google was still generous with the search terms, I saw a lot of traffic coming to the blog via queries about wooden decking tiles – particularly the ones from Ikea, Platta, that I’ve mentioned here – Are they any good? How long do they last?  Etc.

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spring bulbsWell, that’s what I’m hoping for at least – perhaps I shouldn’t get too carried away with the alliteration just yet. The bulbs have only been in the pots for a week or so, and I suspect it will be a bit of a challenge to keep the soil at a reasonably even temperature over winter. I’m also not sure how much water they will require – if any – after the first soak. 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 »