Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.
As many readers know we moved from a house on 8 acres to a retirement community and an apartment on the 11th floor in late June 2016. My gardening has changed considerably. Once I had this to take care of:
I have no regrets about no longer having all these gardens because it was a lot of work. Now I have new ways of gardening: on two balconies and inside.
On the northeast side is this balcony. It has the wicker chair I inherited from my mother that we repainted red. I think it was my grandmother's before that. I'd like to replace the seat cushions but haven't found any that fit yet.
When its not being used I cover it with the canvas cover and a bungee cord. We get high winds up here on the 11th.
I have only three pots on this balcony because Dan uses it too to paint. These are shade loving because they primarily get morning sun.
The table I found very cheap at ReStore.
On the southwest balcony I have more pots, most recent purchases from HomeGoods. These are filled primarily with perennials. I can have hosta without worrying about the deer eating them!
This table and chairs we brought with us.
This pot came from the old house and I was pleased to have the sedum return. I knew then that perennials would work.
I added the hens and chicks to this one.
Inside I have these plants.
A jade bonsai.
An air plant.
On the shelf outside our apartment I had rooted philodendron cuttings from the winter garden downstairs on the first floor in water then transplanted them in another beautiful pot from HomeGoods.
From one balcony I look down on Sidwell Gardens. I'll have to share photos of that in another post someday.