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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_3390Capitol Park, Sacramento CA

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_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 »

20160206_001This hellebore flower has caused me a lot of worry; ready to open after Christmas, it was interrupted by a cruel repetitive freeze-thaw cycle. I know they’re extremely hardy in the ground, but wasn’t sure how that translated to a pot on an exposed balcony. It was all getting a bit dramatic – I’m pleased it finally has the chance to shine! Read the rest of this entry »