Victorian Chrismas Card with insects and frog Dancing

December 2015 Tis the Season

For me of all the winter holidays, the Winter solstice is the most important. It’s true that now my thoughts already turning to gardening on the balcony. So far this winter the temperatures whilst cold enough are still warmer for December. Certainly January will come and bombard us with freezing temps. Will my […]

Dahlia on my balcony - your balcony garden

Dahlia

One of my favorite balcony garden plants is the Dahlia. They are easy to grow and bloom until the frost. My balcony has its own micro-climate so that means dahlias until early to mid November. If we were on the ground they would die off in October. Like other fact sheets on this […]

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2015 New Balcony Garden Plants

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 […]

pastel drawing of ant, urban ant

ANTS – Hymenopteara: Formicidae

In the quest for lessons from nature and particularly ants, some of their notable characteristics include the following:

* They display tremendous strength and determination. It is estimated that on the average they are able to carry 5x their own body weight.

* They help one another and display altruistic qualities. They work for the good of one another and they will even sacrifice their lives for the greater good of their community.

* They will not take from the mouth of others, yet they will give to others.

butterfly on my balcony, balcony garden butterfly

Alien sighting or Butterfly ALERT! (peacock/inachis io)

Listen to the post here Here is a close-up of todays visitor to my balcony. Since I posted this earlier, I have identified it…the caterpillars like to feed on nettle and ironically, the night before sighting this lovely on the dog walk, I had mistaken some nettle for mint and grabbed a piece…ouch! […]

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Balcony Garden Progress August 2010

…….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,……

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