The balcony garden may be small, but it punches far, far above its weight as a gorgeous green oasis.
I cannot believe that this balcony below, that I love hiding on and reading on and people watching on, used to look like this:
This is what it looks like now, and oh, I do adore it:
The turning point really did come when I laid the lawn on the balcony. Now I can lounge on the grass with a book in the afternoons, as cosy as anything, resting on my lovely cushions from Oily Rag. And the green grass complements the leafy planting, and makes everything else seem bigger and greener and healthier.
The plan is to have the ornamental vine, pictured above (and from Gardening Express), a clematis and a kiwi vine trailing around the rails of the balcony, enclosing it still further from prying eyes in and across the street. This is my garden, that I want to hide in: I’d rather not invite my neighbours if that’s ok. I’ve also planted three trailing squashes with small fruits in hanging baskets at the front so they can trail their way around the railings and stun (hopefully not physically) the neighbours with their pretty fruits in the autumn.
Having a balcony that faces north is also a real blessing for me as I try to grow salads all the year round. Were this a hot, dry summer, I would be still more grateful as plants would be less likely to dry out and bolt.
I still need to water the containers a fair amount, although I’ve come up with a few water-saving tricks, which I’ll share in a future post.
And, oh! The lipstick-red pelargoniums that I planted and expect to last all summer in their galvanised steel containers. What a thing to see peeping through the railings each night when I return home.
Of course the girls next door and the rather grumpy drum ‘n’ bass fan downstairs think I’m one of the strangest people they’ve ever met, especially when I appear at 5am on the balcony before work, still clad in my pyjamas, with a bright pink watering can for the drier corners of the balcony. But that’s the price you have to pay for owning the best balcony garden ever.