I finally got organised enough to sort out the pots on my balcony. Somehow a family of ants has got up onto my balcony and won't give up. I'm scared of ants (I fell over onto an ant hill as a small child and was covered with a swarm of biting ants), there are loads of them, ruining my plants and becoming interested in climbing up my door and window frames, so they can't stay. I have tried all sorts of eco methods to get rid of them, and finally resorted to ant powder. This has mostly worked but the ants that remain have taken up residence in my 3 storey high strawberry tower, and won't leave!
Anyway, I braved the ants and tackled my pots. I spent about a fiver on the plant stall on the market on some lobelia, geraniums, begonias and purple snap-dragonish plants! I've also got some plants I grew from seed, sweet peas, verbena, nasturtiums, sun flowers and mesembryanthemums.
Here are the mesembryanthemums...they're my favourites, I'm soo glad I grew them!
Sweet peas, grown from seed....
My little rose is on it's 3rd flower this year, one of my pots with begonias and lobelia and ivy. The yellow flowers and the pink verbena are from last year, I cut them back and left them in the pots and they've come again.
In terms of veg, I have some tomatoes waiting to ripen, lots of strawberries, lettuce (which I have failed to photograph), some spinach and chive seeds sown and waiting to grow. The garlic is some I planted a couple of months ago from a sprouty bulb in the fridge, the tops went all brown, so I had a root around and found two little bulbs of garlic had grown - they're yummy!
How do your gardens grow?
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