Clematis illustration on Wills's Cigarettes Gardening Hints Card

Planting Clematis Vines

Late spring, early summer is the time to take cuttings from established Clematis vines. I’m no expert at this but found a few people who are so check out their pages (links at the bottom) that are illustrated and show you step by step how to do it. Although, this year I planted […]

Leonardo DaVinci Flower Study (Portion)

Spring Planting & Progress In the Garden Today 15 April 2015

Spring is in the air, the clocks were ‘sprung’ ahead, Kiki and Nerica (my dogs) have been overly exhuberant – dare I say it again – I have the fever – gardening fever. So in the last week of March, I found myself amongst armies of chocolate easter bunnies. Yep I love me some chocolate but I love more, my heart sunk for a moment, had all the perenial plants been sold out? Noooooooooooo and then in a moment joy overcame me again, turning I caught a glimpse of life and a few boxes with printed pictures of what is to come. I was pretty excited! The last boxes of plants were hidden away from the new items, shoved into the aisle that almost no one ever goes to (lucky for me.) I couldn’t resist. Now 2 weeks have passed and finally the conditions were right today to plant the last three items that I purchased:

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Our chubby winged friends – Bees

Some of my favorite winged friends are bees.   Bees are cute, scary and an integral part of the life cycle. Where would we be without them? They pollinate the worlds plants thus being symbolic of fertility and many make delicious honey too.  Even life itself is likened to their honey as a metaphor […]

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New Moon, Summer Solstice, Lunar Eclipse and talking to your plants!

As many of you may know, planting by the moon is an age old technique known to aid in the growth and establishment of your plants. This new moon of June began its cycle of waxing toward its fullness just the day before yesterday on the 12th. This is the best time to […]

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More on Companion Plants

Here is a list of more suggested companion plants and my own comments about placement or not in my balcony garden this year.  If you try these, please report back with a comment with what your experience has been or how the plants are progressing.  Thanks! Petunia/Beans Waiting for the next batch of […]

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Must have info for our friends – Lepidopter * Butterflies

The beauty of the butterfly has awed and inspired people throughout time. They are the muse for many artists as their life cycle from pupae to full winged beauty as a metaphor for death and rebirth is richly illustrated throughout literary and other forms of artistic works. One of the most famous texts to use this metaphor is Alice in Wonderland. Read more….

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Bloom Succession – Perenials

Perenial bloom succession is most certainly something to look forward to throughout the growing season! During the long winter months snuggled up in blankets, wandering mind produces dreams and visions of lush foliage, colorful flowers blooming and trailing vines. In february small signs of spring appear as the day slowly become longer only […]

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An urban gardeners ramblings

My grandparents on their street with my mother and my uncle. My grandmother (and grandfather of course) always had a very large and very beautiful garden where she grew vegetables, there were also fruit trees and other shrubs with flowers. On the other hand, my parents did not always keep a garden each […]

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Grow and eat to your hearts content – Lettuce

If you want to grow fresh lettuce find a space, it is easy and very cheap. A packet of seeds costs less than 50 euro cents and there are 1500 + seeds in a package. You can plant a few seeds each week that will produce fresh lettuce from spring to autumn. Lettuce […]

Canna growing at Gradina Botanica in Cluj

Flower power made easy on your balcony!

The plants featured in this post make great additions to your balcony garden. They can be grown in containers & beds and tare easy grow. Oh did I mention too that they are PRETTY! Here they are –

Planning your balcony garden? read this article filled with tips and tricks.


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