Good bye Summer?

The past few days in Edmonton have been some of the coolest this summer. We’ve even had our first frost warning! I wish I could say it’s hard to believe it, but I’ve lived in this province for almost 30 years…so I know it’s true. The skies have been overcast, there’s a bit of a chill in the air…and dammit – the leaves are starting to turn. Too soon, I say. In the coming days it’s supposed to be mid-high 20s…and I’m hoping that will be enough to stave off Fall.

This year I really got into gardening. It’s always a challenge to garden when you live in an apartment or condo. I wish I could hang my flower boxes on the outside of my railings. I wish I could drill hangers to the siding for hanging baskets. I wish I could plant a variety of plants but I’m forced to stick to ones that will survive an east-facing environment. That said, sometimes you just have to make do with what you’ve got. I tried to do a little research (though still mixed up the difference of annuals and per-annuals) and tried some new things. I bought plants for my flower boxes and even attempted growing from seeds! Next year I will definitely start earlier and plan a little better.

I’m sad to say that I don’t think my patty pan squash are going to make it. The leaves look mouldy and the flowers just keep shriveling up (yes, I’m watering them). And my lettuce is kinda….dwarfy. But! I managed to  replant geraniums and they flourished once in  the flower box, and my nasturtiums were beautifully fragrant and even keep blooming!

Feel free to share your balcony gardening tips so that I may be more successful next year!20140627_192952 IMG_20140630_165707 IMG_20140630_16583520140715_095317

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