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The Balcony [2004]

My balcony, July 8th, 2004 – Almost sunny...

June 19th, 2004 – The petunias on the gallery side. The bottom one actually lives on the balcony, but at this occasion was on the gallery side to dry up after one of this summers pouring rain.

The Balcony (continued, 2004)

The summer of 2004 has been very wet and the risk of drowning the balconyplants has been imminent on and off. It's been a constant on and off the banister to get them closer to the wall to keep them reasonably dry and to give them a chance to dry out between the rains. Still, there has been some nice days even this summer. Not very many though.

Note the orange kaprifolium above right on the left wall. I bought it 3 years ago and it has survived two winters on the balcony. Last year it got one (1) single flower sometime in mid July, and did not have that many leaves either. This year it has been filled with lots of flowers and also the leaves are just fine. By mid July it stopped blooming.

The green plants and the petunias - which were really small when I bought them – are placed a bit higher up this year as I changed the bench they stand on. So they reached the ceiling sooner. There are two cobeas as usual, but I have also added a hops plant. It has more or less disappeared in the cobea leaves though... Will see next year if it survives the winter. If it does, I will make it more visible then.

On the blue table are two pots, one with parsley and one with chives. I use both in sallads.

nini ;-) July 10th, 2004

June 6th, 2004

June 19th, 2004. Hanging pelargonia.

Kaprifolium, June 19th, 2004

The kaprifolium is in its third year. It is always an risk that if freezes and dies in the winter. So far I've managed to make it survive for two winters. Every year I pack frigolit around it to protect it against the cold and snow. So far it has worked.

This year I also bought a hops plant, which is also prennial. We will see if I can get that one to survive to next year too. The kaprifolium has never before had as many flowers as this year.

Red and white petunia in the front. Behind them are two pink tobaccoplants that are much lower than expected. Also the petunias are much higher than expected. They are really big. July 8th, 2004

The tobaccoplant bloomed until the end of October.

Pelargonias and a grey sky, July 8th, 2004.

The pelargonias are leftovers from last year.

The pelargonias above have some kind of sickness which makes their leaves all red. It is quite beautiful, but they are not supposed to look like that. If you know what it is (or how to get rid of it) let me know.

Verbena, June 26th, 2004