Archives for category: Vegetables

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_358240°C – in the shade. Afternoon temperatures can get a bit brutal on the balcony. 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_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 »

IMG_2906The plan is to get a small vegetable crop from the balcony each year and so far I’ve successfully grown radishes, sugar snap peas, rocket and tomatoes. This summer, I’m attempting some purple common beans with the pleasingly Wagneresque name Blauhilde (captured here last week, when they were just peeping up from their coir pots). 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.

For now, a look back: 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 »

IMG_2002I ought to be showing a flowering finale and harvest here but the blooms above are only what I deadheaded before my vacation – to save Hassan three floors below having to sweep the pavement in front of his beer café every morning. While I was away, the heatwave in Berlin continued and this time most of the balcony withered. Read the rest of this entry »

stanley2013The warm weather continues and the balcony is practically exploding. Lots of fun for the cat. Over in the green corner, the tomatoes are getting unruly. I’ve had to cut a few branches that blocked the way but there’s plenty of growing crop. They’re thirsty and demanding balcony plants though; the mini tumbler variety is clearly the way to go (hidden from view here by the now gigantic chili plant). Read the rest of this entry »