The balcony and it’s garden continues to go through transformations every year. Last year it was intense and a lot of plants literally burnt and some were destroyed by my beloved dog digging. So this year I have moved beds, extended vertical space for climbers to ultimately – I hope – protect many of the plants, have some in pots which can’t be dug up by dogs and put barriers around the beds. Tons of seeds have been scattered about randomly, a few small hedges – very small – have been planted around the ‘dog’ area where in an emergency they could ‘p’ and I know that doesn’t sound great but it’s an area lined and soil turned when that happens and it does happen – one of my dogs is older and she lived on the street for 4 years before coming to live with us (now 8 years) and she just can’t hold it sometimes. Plus I change out the dirt in the dog area each year and p’ng is the least of what happens in this area as the younger dog (who is around 9 years old) Kiki likes to sleep in the dirt and dig too – so she has a space she can do it without destroying plants. Everyone is happy!
New plants –
Not counting seeds in this list but yesterday, Saturday I went for the first time to a local flower shop Agabis on strada Bucuresti nr 49 in Cluj, that has a great selection of plants and I’m thrilled. My budget was planned for sometime now as previously, I would often pass it on my long Sunday walks with my dogs when closed. As it turns out my friend Anca from Printflex Studio (a print shop in Cluj-Napoca) recommended the shop to me since they actually print the biz cards, flyers, stickers, etc. for Agabis. Now the reason why I am going on and on about this is 1.) I want to recommend Agabis because they have a great selection of healthy plants, knowledgeable owner and personalised service, 2.) Shopping at a local small business is so much better than buying plants from large box stores or corporate speciality stores – I don’t think it is necessary to explain why that is a great idea but if you don’t know and want an explanation, write to me in the comments and I’ll detail why :-). So on to my new plants:
3 different succulent plants – hens and chicks, some other sempervivum – divided to create 1 mixed box planter and 2 smaller ceramic pots so they can spread and thrive. They have at least 6 months to do that.
Bambus (a bamboo plant that thrives in Romania) haven’t determined yet exactly where so for now it remains in its pot.
Lavendar (levantica/lavanda) 2 different types of lavender – 1 was planted in a tall pot along the railing (above the bamboo fence/railing is a grid for climbers) this pot has oregano and the lavenar together as they are companions and do well together. A third plant will be added once the seedlings are stronger with a climber. The other one was planted in a elevated box that gets pretty intense light and is between a bunch of sunflowers to the right and a mini rose bush to the left.
Ranculus – first time in my garden at least in the #balcony garden – this one is going to go in a very large pot which like the oregano/lavender combo will have a climber with it, possibly something else as well – must check my budget for another plant.
Annual plants in a single container – Marigold with Larkspur (annual delphinium) – probably will divide but for now I like them as they are together and this month is the onth for planting and developing the garden and I just don’t know yet how it’s all going to work itself out.
There are many plants that come back year after year – small violets, catmint a/k/a Nepeta, Yellow Coneflowers properly called ->Ratibida pinnata from the
Aster family (Asteraceae), Goldenrod a/k/a Solidago (Solidago Rigida) – these are all very hardy. Last years hydrangea made it through the winter and has several small flower bud clusters – I am soooooooo excited as I moved it in March to a shadier spot on the balcony and it’s doing GREAT! Another flowering shrub came back and even though it isn’t my favourite, it is a hardy plant that can endure the insane climate on my mostly south facing balcony. There are others but those are the highlights.