The opening picture was taken earlier today (26 August 2010.) As you can see from the second picture, this area was empty and is of what the balcony looked like back in March and April when I was planning and building the wooden containers. The first images are the left side of the balcony in which the plan was to create a chicken wire, jute and wood frame which would support vines.
There are also pictures of the right side of the balcony which has a more complex raised bed with different levels. This side has a number of plants and the backdrop is a stuf (reed) panel that helps to reduce the intensity of the sun in the later part of the day. This picture was taken in early July 2010. It is much fuller now.
The right side with the stuf panel now has the following plants – tomatoes, red cabbage, nicotinia, hydrangea, sage, basil, peppers, dicentra, clematis, black eyed susan vine, yellow coneflower, white daisy and coleus. The overall size of the container is 215 cm width by 120 cm depth and is tiered to provide for plants. This container was made from some new wood, but the majority of wood used was left over from a previous years project.
On the left side the width of the box is also a little over 215 cm and the depth is 85 cm. Plants on the left side include budleia (butterfly bush), 3 vines (morning glory, sweet pea vines, clematis,) lantana, dahlia, paper flowers (unknown name), delphinium, peony and one of my favorite garden delights – the fountain.
Before the frost in late October or early November there will be another photo update of the growth on the balcony. For now, hope you are enjoying your balcony!
Happy Balcony Gardening!