Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

Through the looking lens…

It was almost a year ago that I figured my balcony would look a lot nicer if we actually looked after the plants we had.

And so, my journey into freelance/free-style gardening began: I cleaned the leaves, bought some new flowers, transplanted some plants, and single-handedly battled against the evil leaf-lice…

Now, almost a year ago, I have a couple of miracles I want to share with the world…

Unfortunately, most of these wanders are nature’s merit alone, since they grew up for a reason unknown to me… I could take some credit though, for when me mom told me to remove them because they were weed, I decided to give these creatures a chance. They were pretty and had strived to survive my minimal gardening knowledge.

And my decision had an unexpected result; some of the so-called weeds were actually beautiful plants that now make my garden my own little paradise within the city.

Here are some examples…

Ok, these daisies I have actually planted myself. I know, they have no flowers yet, but you’ll have to trust me, they are daisies!

This one I bought last summer, at around this time of the year. It was actually the first step toward a more colourful balcony. I was told it bloomed twice a year, but soon it lost its flowers and it spent almost a year flowerless… The leaves turned yellow, and so I started to worry. Finally, I asked a girl at a flower shop what to do, and she told me it needed iron and fertilizer. So I bought the fertilizer, but left town for a few days (trip to Rosario) before I could pour it on… In any case, when I got back, 5 days later, it had a couple of bright coloured flowers, and it’s been up and running since then (maybe me buying the fertilizer was enough encouragement… who knows)

This one just grew out of the blue… it’s supposed to be called “Baby rosé”, but I am accepting suggestions/corrections at the moment… It has a tiny pink flower, really beautiful…

This turned out to be a very expensive fern… I have absolutely no idea how it appeared in one of our flowerpots. I am happy that I didn’t pull it out following my mom’s advice, though…

According to Slavic tradition, ferns bloom only once a year during the day of John the Baptist (Ivan Kupala). Whoever finds the flower is supposed to have eternal happiness and fortune. Hey, I’ll spend the whole 24hs of the 7th of july watching out for it… It’s a little price to pay for a lifelong prize!

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