As many long-serving Fennel & Fern readers know, this blog is far from my full-time job. I actually have a mad, marvellous career in Westminster that involves a lot of writing, a lot of interviewing government ministers, MPs, and secret sources, and a lot of late nights. This means that I don’t always spend that much time on my balcony during the day, and sometimes all I want to do at the end of a long day is collapse on a large cushion in the middle of my little twilight oasis in the sky with a book and a glass of wine, and relax.
To make the balcony all the more secret and lovely as I sit there in the twilight, I always light little tea lights and candles in lanterns and place them around the fruit cases and pots. These lanterns (in front of the coolest ever planter from Plantabox that I am dying to tell you all about) were £1 each from my local pound shop, and look so lovely twinkling away as the evening dies.
Next year, I have even bigger plans for my twilight balcony. I’ll be sowing night-scented plants like the evening stock plants in pots and in the windowboxes that will be running around the three sides of the balcony, especially for their night scent.