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Balcony Gardening

by whataboutbob Sun May 28th, 2006 at 04:01:58 PM EST

Here in Switzerland where population is dense and most people live in apartments, the balcony and window ledge becomes the garden for most people. This is probably true for much of Europe, I would suspect, or least for the city-dwellers. So I am posting here a few photos of our little balcony garden, and invite you to share us photos of yours.

I have found that petunias, violas and pansys grow best inthe shady cool weather of Switzerland, and they bllom all summer until fall, which is a plus. I have also tried my hand at sunflowers, though the lack of sun plus their giant size can kind of take over...but they sure are pretty!

Happy balcony gardening!

They do some neat little dwarf sunflower varieties you know. Probably too late to plant them this year though.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sun May 28th, 2006 at 05:56:17 AM EST
Thank you for this refreshing diary and the beautiful pictures. This is yet another unconventional (but harmless) healing alternative :-) to the general gloom surrounding us.
In London, Regent's Park trees have turned from blossoming into deep green within 2 weeks and tulips are gone, replaced by roses. A pity I did not manage to take pictures of the baby swans, they were just too cute.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Mon May 29th, 2006 at 11:43:44 AM EST
Flowers are like a natural anti-depressant for me! But I was a landscape gardener for 10 years, so I guess you could say after planting so many flowers they have become friends!!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Mon May 29th, 2006 at 12:50:58 PM EST
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did not see the movie and don't know whether it actually deals with the topic, but I like the title.
I was thinking of buying a flower shop when I retire from the banking business. I don't mind waking up really early and whilst I am everything but patient, I can spend hours arranging flowers until I get the effect I like.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Mon May 29th, 2006 at 03:40:28 PM EST
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