Talk about Flower Power!

International Sunflower Day 2015

The 1st of May is not only May Day but International Sunflower Day! Anyone can participate in the international sunflower day celebrations, all you need to do to participate is gather together sunflower seeds, friends, choose a location and get out there & plant them.

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.

sweet pea

First Blooms and Some Plant Challenges

The new moon brought with it many first blooms – Latyrus odoratus – sweet pea – A slow start from seed and a few were planted in different areas as an experiment.  One in particular the one that has its first flowers has grown the tallest, a couple alongside it are doing ok. […]

bouquet of flowers from the river

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 […]

sweet pea vine young

Vines/Vițe de Vie

Some photos with names of the vines that were planted. The vines this particular year were sweet pea, clematis, nasturtium and morning glory. Vite de vie is the term for vines in romanian but it seems like that mostly refers to fruit bearers – not sure though.

sage, varza, cabbage, plants, plante

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 […]

Alice in Wonderland, Caterpillar and Alice

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….

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