I had planned on spending all day today reading comics, but I found myself at a garden centre and I bought a rosebushlet, so I thought it was time for me to get weeding the balcony instead (and get the furniture out of storage).
And then it started raining immediately, of course.
The ivy survived from last year, though, so that’s nice.
And I just couldn’t make myself get rid of this thing I asked about the other day, because it’s kinda pretty. And a friend has a friend who’s a grain farmer, and he says this is “rye wheat”, or triticale. It’s a hybrid of wheat and rye… which makes me wonder even more how come it’s growing on my balcony.
I mean, it’s sterile, and it’s not commonly grown in Norway. And I don’t live near any grain fields, anyway.
But now my balcony is all set for summer to arrive! That should happen… any month now…
I haven’t been weeding the balcony this year (June has been cold). So I went out to the balcony for the first time this year and this was what’s out there:
What is that? Grass? It’s a mighty substantial grass.
Is that… some kind of grain? Wheat? Rye? Barley? Am I a farmer for real now?
I should get weeding and wash down the balcony, too, because it’s supposed to get all nice and warm and stuff now.
For the first time ever, I’ve bought annuals, because I thought the balcony thing with the rose bushes looked a bit on the sparse side. I.e., 90% soil.
I may have gone slightly overboard.
The other one is a bit more reasonable. The ivy things will hopefully cover the soil and extend downwards while the rose bush fills out the top bits.
I’m getting so horticultural this year!
The last couple of years have had sucky summers so I kinda neglected the balcony. When gardeners go missing, nature happens:
I have no idea what’s growing there, but it’s kinda stingey and I certainly didn’t plant it. So it’s a weed of some kind, but not the fun kind.
So I basically ripped out the topmost layers of the soil and plonked a new rose bush down.
This time I’m going to take care of it! For sure! Watering and everything!
Hm… perhaps I should plonk in some seasonal flowers, too… Gotta take care of the bees…
The other day I noticed some teensy bugs on the balcony. I first thought they were ants or something, but looking at them more closely, I guess not?
They’re so small that it’s difficult to get them in focus…
Kill them with fire?
I’ll buy some more poison tomorrow, I think.
The seeds I planted a couple of weeks ago are growing pretty well. Probably because I’ve almost never forgotten to water them. It’s an achievement!
But it’s very windy on my balcony, so I thought it might make sense to shield the plants a bit from the incessant wind. I bought some plexiglas (i.e. plastic) sheets, drilled some holes in them (with a wood drill bit — I was afraid the plexiglas might shatter (it’s quite brittle), but it worked fine), and tied them up with some fishing line:
Looks almost invisible, eh? But they’ll probably grow gross as time passes. We’ll see.
Anyway, I think this is the reason for the windiness:
I’m on the edge of a hill, sort of, so even if there’s the slightest air movement in the hollow down there, I get a blast of wind.