Gardening in the Sky


 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.


Image Credits:

All photographs by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2015 madlyinlovewithlife

24 thoughts on “Gardening in the Sky

  1. Small garden full of wonders, they are sublime your photos,
    I love lavender, congratulations Jeannie.
    I wish you good sunny week.

  2. Lovely, lovely, lovely! Here in the desert… right now it is quite difficult to grow pretty blossoms. But come September… I will have them all over again. Oh, and soon I will be back at the Lake-House in the Midwest where I will be getting some potted plants… to fuss over. That fussing is when I do my best thinking! Happy Sunday…new friend!

  3. Hello Jeannie!
    Thanks for reminding us that ‘nature’ and ‘beauty’ is all around us, and we *can* create places of beauty, regardless of available space! Your photos and words are so uplifting and inspiring, as always♡♡♡

    • Hello Takami! Thank you for your lovely comment. I never would have dreamed I could have such a lush little garden on my balcony. At first, I just had a few potted plants all lined up in a row. Then, when I learned that a new neighbor of mine was a professional gardener, I enlisted his services and he gave me all sorts of ideas about what I could do with the space. He really opened up my imagination and the rest is history. (He’s also the same fellow who put the fish in my fish pond!) Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you a very happy summer week! :)))

  4. Awesome photos and feelings with this post. It just takes a little bit of sunshine to create something glorious and this is proven with your post. Enjoy :-)

  5. Your balcony garden looks fantastic Jeannie..A wonderful oasis high in the sky :) Hope you had a great Canada Day and week:)

  6. Oh, Jeannie! I just saw this post. SO beautiful! I love your oasis in the sky! You’ve done a wonderful job, my friend!

  7. Lovely photos! Your garden is so beautiful :) I’ve always wanted to plant lavender at home. My grandfather sends me dried wild lavender every year, but I’d love to have that beautiful plant on my balcony. I started this spring with rosemary, thyme, oregano and sage and they grow quite good. For next year I’m planning to add some greens or vegetables. Greets!

    • Hello Grace! Thanks so much for your comment. What a beautiful thing to receive from your grandfather every year—it would make lavender even more special. I have grown it in pots for years—it grows beautifully. They don’t generally overwinter well here in Calgary, so I must treat them as an annual, but it’s something I must plant every year because I love it so much. I too have rosemary and thyme plants and they are a joy to grow. I do hope you add some lavender plants to your balcony garden next year. Happy gardening to you! :))

  8. Yes, it’s very special to me. Lavender fragrance adds a kind of a magic at home. Sometimes I think I just can’t live without it :) Rosemary is my husband’s favorite, and we already have three plants of it. Greets!

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