The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry,
of painting and music, of religion and architecture,
all make the point as clear as possible:
The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden.
~ Thomas Moore
The Joy of Small Space Gardening
Don’t let a small space, even one in the sky, deter you from gardening. Small spaces can yield a ton of beauty and enjoyment. The pleasure I extract from my small container garden on my balcony—watering it, dead-heading the blossoms and fussing over every single pot—is enormous. I love every plant in every container, big and small.
If you have a balcony, adding a garden space to your apartment is like adding another beautiful and inviting room to your living space for the summer. I derive tremendous enjoyment from the time spent in my little garden, whether it be reading, sipping a delicious drink, savouring a meal, watching the bees in the lavender and the hoverflies buzzing around the lobelia, or perhaps simply sitting in quiet meditation to watch the fading evening light slowly drain the last drop of colour out of my bright red geraniums.
If you think you might enjoy gardening and you live in a high-rise apartment—go for it! It’s worth hauling up every pot, every bag of soil and every nursery plant.
Scenes From this Year’s Garden
Here are a few shots from this year’s garden. All photos will enlarge if you click on them.
First lavender buds.
I always like to plant a little lavender field—it’s such a beautiful fragrance, fresh or dried.
Blue-eyed Daisy (Osteospermum).
Sweet Alyssum growing on my patio tabletop—the hoverflies love its small fragrant blossoms.
Boston fern fronds in late evening light.
The Strawberry Patch: if you love strawberries, do plant a few strawberry plants. They grow remarkably well in containers.
Strawberry blossoms: simple beauty.
Penny Blue Violas—happy smiling faces everywhere you go.
Water droplets on Sweet Alyssum.
Patio Table: a new terracotta pot, ready for planting, potted Sweet Alyssum, and a fragrant Lemon Cypress.
Violas: always smiling.
Fresh mint: great for its fresh scent, wonderful in both sweet and savoury cooking and a necessity for mojitos, if you are so inclined.
Blue Salvia blooms all summer long.
Geraniums: extremely hardy and they blossom profusely until the frost hits.
All photographs by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2015 madlyinlovewithlife