May 28, 2017

Our Tropical Balcony

We are very lucky to have a south facing, sometimes sun-soaked (British weather permitting) balcony.  We got excited (okay, I did) when about 2 hours worth of sunshine poked through the sort of greyish clouds and I gleefully declared it was Summer and I marched down to Homebase to get us an injection of all things green.

We invested in a comfy outdoor sofa and ottoman last summer - the Madrid set from John Lewis was a perfect fit for the balcony, quite literally it just fit! Our key requirement was to be able to position any furniture to maximise our south-facing position (all about those precious sunbathing hours).

I am considered though by my future Mother in law to have absolutely no green about my fingers, in fact both her and Mr. S held back groans at the amount of green things I'd bought home to die try keep alive.

But I'm optimistic!  We had a fantastic wild Wednesday potting everything up and discovering my preference for pots of style - over substance (i.e. No drainage ... handy) but it's totally fineeee!! Mr. S will eventually drill a few holes here and there and those beautiful Dahlia's won't drown from all the rain after all.

I bought a combination of garden centre, Homebase and IKEA green things - proving that you don't need to go crazy. They have fancy names which I don't remember and were all picked based on how they look...  you know, nice textured leaf patterns, all different shades of green and all different size and shapes.  I wanted this kinda of vibe:



I spent many days drooling over images of gardens with palms and overgrown ferns and planters so big that surely they would break the balcony... If you're just getting started on your own sun-trap it might be a handy place to start browsing, have a look here.

And here is a shopping list of all the things I only wish our budget could have stretched too. Turns out plants are expensive, who knew!

I've also heard we might get some sunshine before winter arrives in July (*Cough* not long till Game of Thrones) so get to it gang - Happy gardening!