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Interest was lukewarm at the annual disrobing-of-the-balcony event.

Whether or not all the sackcloth and bubble wrap made a difference – at least everything is alive and growing. Including the clematis (on the floor) emerging for the sixth year from that little base of twigs.

I also unravelled a very raggedy-looking Lupo. I’ll have to cut that back.

The top of Herzogin Cristiana in the foreground, Cubana in the background.

I’ll just put my feet up then, and wait until it’s time to get some companion plants.

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IMG_358240°C – in the shade. Afternoon temperatures can get a bit brutal on the balcony. A newly-watered container dries up surprisingly quickly. For this reason, I mainly put pelargonium and lavender along the balcony railing, but the little single rose Lupo is also doing quite well there.

The sun only hits the clematis late in the day, but scorched several leaves off it during a heatwave. The flowers were drooping badly but recovered (it’s just a shame the camera never does their vibrant blue colour justice).

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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_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 »

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IMG_2873It was time to try my hand at rose gardening, even though I know they’re not the most suitable balcony plants. I got caught up looking at disease resistance and pretty colours and ended up buying exactly the kind of sturdy climber they particularly advise against for container growing – as well as the more suitable, bushy Cubana (above left). They were delivered on straw to the Späti on the corner. Read the rest of this entry »

IMG_2864Not much happening here. The weather hasn’t been co-operating – occasional hail, snow and gales makes the balcony an inhospitable place. I have a few seedlings on the go, above a dwarf cherry tomato from the 2013 seed harvest. There are signs of life and regeneration, but I should probably replace this second-year parsley with a new sowing, and the hellebores have already moved to the kitchen window ledge, to be spared the intensifying sun. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

daredevil graffitiBare branches, show’s over – now for the dull task of clearing up. I left it another month this year, seems about right. It will be time for spruce and fairy lights in a fortnight. Read the rest of this entry »

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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