Flowers

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!

Farmer Lars

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…

Fauna

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?

IMG_5929 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.

My New Horticulture Blog

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:

IMG_5498Looks 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:

IMG_5499I’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.

Or something.

My New Horticultural Blog

I decided that I should grow my own food, so I planted some radishes and peas and carrots and stuff.

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I need to start thinning out in a couple of days…

In other horticultural news, everything’s coming up roses:

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After the previous post, a kind reader identified the bugs as aphids, and I went out and got some aphid-killing poisonous poison that I sprayed onto the roses.  All the bugs disappeared within a couple of days, and then the roses started flowering.

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Poison: It Kills

I moved the veggies to the other balcony, though.  I mean, like, poison.

My New Horticultural Blog

No horrors today.  I bought some poison to spray over the rose bushes, which should take care of the critters living on them.  Or it’ll give them resistance and they’ll kill me in my sleep.

But I bought a Sansevieria Victoria.  There are a lot of weird sansevierias, and this is one of them.

IMG_5369It’s just one leaf!

Unless the garden centre sold me a fake.  The way you usually propagate sansevierias is by cutting off one leaf and sticking it in soil, and new, smaller plants will sprout.  And then you get rid of the original leaf.

But that’s not the case here.  It’s got a very well-developed root system:

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So plantey.