Today is going to be HOT! (At least for Vancouver spring standards). I have lots to get done before I get to play in the sun, so I better get to it (too much time spent cuddling with the cats in bed).
This year I approached my balcony garden much different than in the past couple years. I wanted to focus on herbs I use all the time, or that I could dry at the end of the season. I wanted to plant a few select flowers to give pops of dramatic colour, that are relatively easy to care for. For the flowers I chose begonias (there were so many beautiful begonias at the garden centre, I went a little begonia crazy) some pansies that were on sale, and nasturtiums and poppies that I planted from seed. I also have a couple four foot tall cypress trees, two hosta varieties, and one cascading coniferous bonsai that I will really be nurturing this year. For a bit of height, I have a ruby coloured clematis growing off of some make shift bamboo stakes.
It's been such a pleasure the last couple days to sit out in the setting sun when I get home from work and admire all the green sprouting up. Are you gardening this summer? I'd love to know what plants work for you, or maybe you are trying something for the first time this year?