Monday, May 21, 2012

Balcony Lilacs in Full Bloom

Tiffie the Cat sits at the open window and sniffs at the lilac bushes. She loves them too!

The lilacs made it through another winter. This time it was on a north side balcony. They both are a little lesser for it however, but not too much so. Considering I, again, took no extra care with them (other than moving them down to the floor of the balcony and giving them some Better World plant food). I have been greatly rewarded with this minimum of care! 

This shot was taken at about 5:30 pm, on May 21 2012. The sun comes around
at about 4:30 pm. I'll take note of when the sun slips out of view as it goes behind
the 10 storey apartment block directly to the west. 

The other lilac bush is doing well but does not nearly have as many blooms. The bush pictured above has many blooms and it's fragrance is intoxicating. It is the clear winner here and it's of the sugar plum fairy type. Both though have survived and bloomed so I am very happy with them. 

I may repot them this fall into larger containers but we shall see. Need to do a little research on when is the best time to do so. If I do, I shall report it here.

So, if you have really wanted lilacs on your balcony but were afraid they wouldn't survive, I'd say definitely go for it!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

New Balcony New Gardening Challenges

The new balcony - facing north and this view is west on the norther side
of the building.

This is facing east, again on the north side of the building. Hello sun?
Note all the containers empty at the far end. I am going to plant a lot fewer things
as this balcony is quite narrow and a lot shorter than the one I use to have.
Anyone need any empty containers? Lol!

The cat is confused. Why am I not allowed out there like I use to be? Because it's
seven floors up and there are little birdies in the trees that you'd leap to your
death for, that's why my cute little chickadee : )

Well, it's a new year with a new apartment and new balcony. This new balcony is north facing and that is going to be a challenge for my plants. The lilacs and are just blooming so I'll get a pic of that and post it asap. The peonies are also starting to come up. I'd say that this balcony gets about an hour and a half to two hours (tops) of sunlight right now. Am I thrilled about this? Hardly. But we'll see what happens this year. I have added Better World plant food twice to my plants/shrubs out there but they are going to need a lot more tlc to make it through this year, I am guessing. Stay tuned.