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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

My Garden Now

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.


5 comments:

Fun60 said...

No matter how small a space I knew you would find plants that could survive there. As you say, perfect for hostas.

Tom said...

...changed? That's an understatement.

Gosia k said...

Your garden is well organized

Cynthia said...

That's a lovely little garden on your balcony, perfect for the space. Your former gardens were wonderful and remind me of the beds I left behind in Minnesota. I know how much work they were!

Dawn Y. said...

Love your new gardens, both outside and inside, Marcia! It must be so lovely to read and relax in your pretty wicker chair surrounded by greenery. Will you just cover your ceramic pots and leave them in place for the winter months? What a treat to look down over beautiful gardens, too. My Midwest garden is keeping me extra busy this Spring. My perennials are blooming about 20 days earlier than usual! I'm working on some big changes in the garden. ��

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