Thursday, January 27, 2011

Back to the starting line

A friend offered me a yucca cutting some months ago. Reluctantly, I said “No, thanks. I haven’t got the space.”

Red blooms © Evelyn Howard 2011

No more plants please!

Recently, when I was at at friend’s house, she asked me if I would like some basil. I hesitated. “To cook with or to plant?” I asked, but it didn't matter what her answer was. I don’t cook much and I am running out of space on the balcony.

“To plant”. She went on the explain that she had basil growing in a pot, all ready for my balcony. How sweet of her!

“Thanks, but no” I answered. I don’t usually say no to plants.

Australian natives © Evelyn Howard 2011

It has been a year and a half…

..since I started gardening on my balcony, and since I started this blog. There were many experiments and lots of fun… but I think I will have to make some decisions about the space, and plants to keep and nurture. …probably easier that than deciding what to do with the rest of the plants!

Succulents © Evelyn Howard 2011 

What the experts say?

I consulted the books and these are just some things I need to consider:

  • To plan on paper first
  • Think about how I would like to use the space
  • Think about my lifestyle
  • Colour schemes and textures

So much to consider, so much to do. The last year and a half was like  kindergarten gardening… now I get to start the next phase and do it all over again at Grade 1.

Echeveria © Evelyn Howard 2011

What’s your experience?

6 comments:

danger garden said...

Great points and questions Evelyn! I feel like I've reached the point you are at several times (starting over at the next level), in gardening and life. But that's really what it's all about right? Gardening and life are not static. I'm sure there is another kindergarten gardener out there who would love your cast off's!

Evelyn said...

Thanks dg/lori.

Mandy said...

I think that's why I like the succulents, they don't really take up that much space and I can always cram them (nicely) in with something else and get a fuller look. I need to learn to tell myself no when it comes to plants for the house...there's just only so much room!

Evelyn said...

Thanks Mandy.

helen said...

The pink flowers look like carnations. But plants can take over so sometimes you have to say no!

Julie said...

I sure hope you keep your lovely red vertical garden!!! That thing is so cool!!!

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