Getting ready for summer

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

While the hall painting is at a total stand still, I did at least get busy on my balconies. The beautiful weather does help.

Playing around with different levels to try and make things more interesting. The front balcony is very long and narrow and instead of just lining up the pots, I thought I would try a different approach this year.

Beautiful clematis "Snow Queen" - replacing this filthy ivy...

A reminder from the end of last season...

This years summer colours - white geraniums, yellow bidens and I sowed some orange nasturtiums.

Clematis at the other end - full of flower heads. Promises, promises.

A bit of a wider view. For the moment I added the table from my rear balcony. Makes gardening easier, but it's only a temporary set-up as it's too large and I have to really make an effort to squeeze by.

No effort on June's part however.

The small terrace at the rear of the apartment. I decided to ditch the table and chairs that were cluttering up the place (again very hard to squeeze by) and go wild on plants instead.

Unfortunately there still isn't enough room for a deck chair, but I am thinking about investing in a couple of Ikea stools (the classic
Frosta probably) and maybe some sort of fold-down table, just to be able to enjoy the sun out here.

From left to right : rhubarb, honeysuckle, agapanthus & another clematis (called "Princess Diana").

Crocosmia and rudbeckia.

Herb windowsill garden - rosemary, purple basil, strawberry, lemon thyme, chives and oregano.

Some left-over geraniums from the front planters. I am really trying to get the most out of my tiny outdoor space.

Not much to see here, but I did sow some dwarf runner beans, ideal for container gardening. First time I am trying these and I am very curious to see how they will do.

And still inside, my tomato seedlings - waiting to be planted out. Yet another project where I am running behind. Crap !


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