Balcony Gardening: May 2017

Working with Homebase to revive our neglected balcony has inspired me to revive our monthly gardening posts.  I hope you enjoy seeing what we manage fit into our 1m x 4m south-facing balcony.  Even with its weather ups and downs, May is all about the early summer colour with lots of beautiful blooms.  This Aquilegia is just stunning.

The fruit bushes have all made a good comeback, with evidence of tiny blueberries, raspberries and gooseberries.  The red currants are looking particularly impressive, I think we're going to have a good crop this year.  As part of the Homebase edible garden project we have also bought some new strawberry plants, after ours didn't survive the winter.  The new plants have established well and have plenty of flowers on them, so fingers crossed for lots of lovely fruit.

The vegetable plants are all settled in now and beginning to grow.  We have peas, broad beans, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, spring onions, chives, mint, dill and parsley.  My young assistant has been very happy to help with the watering.

The last bulbs, these beautiful Freesia are scenting the air.  Such a pretty colour too.

As ever we have been thinking about what to plant for bees and have plenty of lovely Scabious.

Last year's Nemesia are coming, but I couldn't resist buying a new one at Homebase.  I love their sweet little flowers.

Orange isn't normal a colour I go for, but for no particular reason, so these pretty Geum Borisii are a welcome addition to our colour spectrum.

This robust little Dianthus is back again to enjoy the sunshine.

Hope you're enjoying your garden, whatever the size!

Look out for an update on our Homebase gardening projects next week.

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