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Two magnificent early flowers on the clematis, as the rest of the vine continues upwards. Read the rest of this entry »

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IMG_3700The Cubana flowering tirelessly. Read the rest of this entry »

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

IMG_3568The climbers reach their peak early – but jolly good show! Read the rest of this entry »

IMG_358240°C – in the shade. Afternoon temperatures can get a bit brutal on the balcony. Read the rest of this entry »

IMG_3533I believe I promised you a rose garden. Read the rest of this entry »

IMG_3424Here it is – the first rose of the year. Slightly shredded, but a luminous pink and a welcome contrast to all the green on the balcony. Read the rest of this entry »

IMG_3113Ever the pessimist, I will only deem the rose experiment a success if I can keep them alive over winter, but so far they have been very rewarding balcony additions. The cubana‘s flowers change colour, not only individually but also over the season, with the very first roses in June a pale cream and yellow, maturing into sunset hues in late August.

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The climber, rosanna, has the perfect marzipan roses and continued to grow to a metre and a half in a month.

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IMG_3099I feel a bit bad about papping the neighbours, but I really liked this tableau. On a sweltering evening – like the ones we’ve been having lately – sometimes all you can do is hang on the balcony and watch the world go by. Clown make-up optional.

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IMG_3083The balcony has survived a spell of heat, thunderstorms and rain. Blauhilde, the purple runner bean, is now about three metres tall with weather damage on the leaves – or at least that’s what I think it is Read the rest of this entry »