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A Walk in the Garden

June 12, 2011

The actual walk is only about five steps long, so let’s start by going down into the street and looking up from below:

Turns out my next-door neighbour has a cape gooseberry again this year (just visible at the right edge of the picture) – looks like we’re the only ones growing anything edible in the building. I’m the only one with window boxes, and the only one who has anything other than surfinias in her railing planters (there are 24 flats in the building, most with completely bare loggias – the three or four who have anything planted all have surfinias).

Going back inside, looking out the door:

The west wall, next to the door:

Morning glories, black-eyed susan vine, morning glories, eggplant, bell pepper, morning glories, beans, currant tomatoes, did I mention morning glories? Those things are getting a little out of hand – but they’re covering my ugly-coloured dirty walls, so that’s fine. There used to be a romanesco broccoli in there as well, but I harvested it and ripped it up this week and replaced it with a pepper.

Since I was already up on a stepladder (those crazy morning glories needed more string to climb on, and the currant tomatoes also needed some extra support), I could take some pictures from an angle short little me wouldn’t usually manage:

Look like two a little chaotic garden beds, don’t they? Well, back up a little…

They’re some of my railing planters!

A more conventional view:

Lemon balm, sage, parsley, chives, majoram, summer savory, radishes, and (not really visible in this picture), thyme, rosemary, orange cauliflower and lettuce. Oh yeah, and more morning glories and currant tomatoes making their way up above the railing.

The other half of the railing – chives, parsley, marjoram, summer savory and radishes made it into the picture again, and are hiding most of the other stuff – origano, lemon verbena, lemon thyme, more lettuce, chard, a tomato, kohlrabi, broccoli, horned pansies, a couple of ‘Inky Fingers’ coleus… of course, the morning glories have to be in that picture, too!

And on the floor below:

Planters for tomatoes, morning glories, purple cauliflower… not the ideal place because it’s so shaded by the railing/wall but you gotta work with what you’ve got. Next year I’ll see if I can get some cheap shelves or sturdy boxes or something to raise the planters a bit, so the plants’ll make it up over the railing sooner. Also, chlorophytums, orchids and holiday cacti out on summer holiday.

The east wall:

Beans, peas, cauliflower, borage, aphid-eaten bell pepper, cucumber, bog sage, volcanic sorrel and morning glories, morning glories, morning glories! And tomatoes and nasturtiums – you can hardly see the plastic bags any more!

And I now have a table! Of a sort, anyway:

Haha, yes, I’m actually using an upturned crate for a table! Works for me – I prefer sitting on the floor anyway!

Along the windowsill (another picture taken from the top of the stepladder, it’s nearly impossible to get it all on one picture otherwise):

Lots of Hippeastrums, small-leaf basil, Abutilons, yucca, passion flower…

Beside the door:

Pink woodsorrel, trailing lobelia, black-eyed susan vine, pelargonium, and a very sad-looking, sticky-trap-festooned lantana tree that I had to cut back because it was so full of whiteflies!

And at last we’ve arrived back at the door – considering it’s only five steps between here and the east wall, there’s certainly a lot to look at!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 12, 2011 21:11

    Hmm. Have you ever considered growing some morning glories?

    • June 12, 2011 21:26

      Well, there are some more varieties out there – not to mention other species!

  2. June 12, 2011 22:29

    I’m pretty sure I’d never leave my deck if it looked like that.

    • June 12, 2011 22:51

      I do spend quite a lot of time out there if the weather’s warm enough.

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