Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Balcony Gardening: Early May 2015

The spring blooms are continuing with a vengeance, and everything else is growing like mad, much to our delight.  The combination of sunny and rainy spells at the end of April certainly seemed to help give everything a boost, and luckily the mercury never dipped too far to cause any upset or damage.  Here's this month's first dose of colour:

Tiny Sun Disc Narcissi and Delft Blue Hyacinths

Beautiful blowsy double tulips

I love the deep purple of these violas in the sunshine

Delicate, frilly Canasta tulips

Drumstick primula

The end of the Tete a Tete narcissi

A new arrival, bright OTT Dahlietta 

Ranunculus

A lone Bluebell

And on to the fruit and veg section!  I have invested in some raspberry canes and redcurrants as I keep reading how well they grow in pots, so fingers crossed!  They seem to be settling in well enough.


The early strawberries are coming on well, with masses of flowers and lots of tiny fruits forming.


We also have signs of cucumber action on the Mini Cucumbers grafted plant we bought and Yuri ate half of!  And the Heinz tomatoes are coming on well.



I was a bit worried about space, but managed to squeeze a tiny space to fit a Cucamelon plant in.  I have been coveting one since seeing them on The Big Allotment Challenge in the winter, and when I saw them in the James Wong Homegrow Revolution section at the garden centre, I couldn't resist!  These tiny fruits look like a watermelon but taste like a citrus-tinged cucumber apparently.  I can't wait to taste one!


Expecting my Rocket Gardens veg plugs delivery, I didn't dare fill any more space with vegetables or salads, but there were a few flower vacancies in our 3m x 1m 'plot', so I bought this frothy Campanula, and some lovely pelargoniums.  I know many people think they're a bit naff, but I love them, they are so reminsicent of pretty Greek islands.



Lara fell in love with this pink (predictably) Cosmos, so that came home with us too, and she has been at great pains to water it every day and show it off to all our visitors!


Here's the bulk of the flower display, my view as I write:


What are you growing at the moment?




15 comments :

  1. Wow that' one pretty balcony! You've packed so much in, really impressive!
    I love Rocket Gardens, that reminds me I must order some bits from them soon - lettuces especially as the ones I got from them last year lasted so well. Lovely to see all the colour hanging together like that, a real life sweet smelling rainbow!
    Thanks for joining in!

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  2. Oh, that all looks amazing! You've managed to squeeze so much in! I do like the sound of those cucumbers that look like watermelons :)

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  3. wow that is fantastic for such a small space and so pretty

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  4. I love what you have done in such a small space. I keep being told by people they have no garden but I tell them it is possible to grow things in any space. I'm very intrigued by your cucamelon.

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  5. So pretty! Like you I dont have space. This is so creative and inspiring to look at =) #hdygg

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  6. Great pictures and it's great to see so much colour in a small space - I'm particularly fond of that primula, not seen one like that before either #hdygg

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  7. Pam Francis Gregory24 May 2015 at 19:43

    Great pics - very lovely!

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  8. This is so pretty! I love balcony gardens and yours is so wonderful filled with so much. Those tulips are gorgeous, I would like some of those.

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  9. You are proof that anyone can garden, even if they only have a balcony. Good luck with everything.

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  10. I love how much colour and plant variety there is on your balcony. I remember being so uninspired when we had just a balcony, you prove how very wrong I was,

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  11. Lovely flowers you certainly are making use of every inch. Our strawberries are coming on great as well.

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  12. I can't believe how much you pack onto your balcony. It's fabulous.

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  13. Beautiful garden! I just love the way you've mixed planting flowers, fruits and vegetables at the same time. I started with only few herbs this spring, but for next year I'm planning to add some greens and vegetables. Your balcony is a great inspiration. Greets!

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