Last year, I didn't grow anything on my balcony. My heart wasn't into it. I needed a break. The twice daily waterings, picking up tomato plants that blew over in their pots while I was at work (and cleaning up all the dirt that came spilling out), and then cleaning out all the containers at the end of the season in my bathtub was tiring. However, the older I get the more I accept that life is a marathon and not a sprint. It is a OK to take time away from something.
This year I am ready for balcony gardening again albeit something a little different. While in years past I have stuck to annual flowers, vegetables, and herbs, this year I want to start incorporating some perennials. But not just any perennials. Perennials that will bloom all summer long and provide flowers I can plop into vases at home or at work.
I am what you would call a plant collector. If I see a plant I want, then I often will get it even if that means I have no where to really put it. So my purchases this spring will speak to my cut-flower loving, collector heart.
This Josee reblooming lilac
This Julia Child floribunda rose
And this hardy everbearing fig. Oh how I have wanted a fig tree for so long.
All these plants (and photos) are from Gurney's Seed & Nursery Co. And the best part is that they are having sales, which means that my dreamy spring planting can become a reality.