In Romania everyone (almost everyone) gets paid at the middle of the month and at the end so all the retail shops put out their best products and seasonal products in bulk on paydays. In march they start with dribs and drabs of flowering bulbs, other vines and bushy type plants and fruit trees. Usually it is a disappointment but if you are willing to deal with the crowds on payday the best stuff is out. The bins with bulbs were full with many dahlias, gladiolas, ranunculus bulbs, oxalis and more that I don’t even know the names of – I am on a budget and decided plants were more important then food, so instead olive oil got wiped off the grocery list entirely and other items were mini-sized so I could use the difference for a few plants. After all a girl has needs – plant needs that is 🙂 ! Besides these balcony garden plants will give me years of beauty so the winners for this shopping expedition are –
New Balcony Garden Plants
Over the next week or 2 I will be writing a little snippet and including info about the plants noted above in separate posts… if I tried to include them all here the task would be too much and I’d never share the details. Today starts with one of my all time favorite plants –
Perenial plant – Aquilegia Alpina (columbine)
cost 10 lei around 2.50US or 2.75EURO
planting depth 5cm – mature flowering height 60cm
part sun, shade
This plant species aquilegia come in assorted colours but this one, appina is in the purple range. They will grow in full sun but prefer partial shade. Aquilegia are used as food plants by some Lepidoptera (butterfly and moth) caterpillars.
I grew this plant a few years ago on the balcony and it had a couple of good years, however, severe non-stop ice and frigid temperatures one year destroyed some of my treasures. Those were grown from seed and were assorted colours.