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My urban balcony garden

When you live in a city, like I do, here in the big smoke of London, every inch of greenery becomes important. When I travelled down to Glyndebourne the other day, surrounded by all of those lush green hills, and the conspicuous silence interrupted only by the occasional sheep cry, it made me realise just how lucky rural dwellers are to be surrounded by that constant beauty and tranquility. Yet it is only human nature not to appreciate what we have when we’ve got it. For all I know, the residents of those sussex country manners probably envy we Londoners who have the whole cultural world right on our doorstep.

I do like to count my blessings however, and I actually think writing a blog, which encourages one to reflect more on one’s life, making the most of occasions, events and opportunities for the sake of sharing and recollecting interesting and unique snapshots of life, makes us bloggers appreciate life with a renewed vitality and a very sharp focus. And one thing that I have always appreciated, albeit perhaps more so as my time living in London grows longer and my hours of work increase, is the green space around me.

The centre of this flower looks like little dancing aliens

My favourite photo – looks like the ant has cottoned on to my presence

I may only have a balcony to exhaust my green fingers, but that balcony, which runs along the front of my entire flat, is my pride and joy. There is much to be said for the urban balcony. Not only does it help to make urban life more bearable, more colourful, and more sensorily enriched, but also helps to give nature a bit of a kickstart – there have, for example, been reports of huge rises in the numbers of urban dwellers keeping beehives, so many in fact that there are now a surplus of bees for the numbers of suitably pollinating flowers available across the city. I don’t have bees, but what I have created on my balcony is my own piece of tropical paradise. I’ve surrounded my small table and chairs and my all important sun lounger with my own little slice of Spain. There I have a large brugmansia (whose flowers are spectacular bell-shaped blooms which smell glorious at night – they’re not out yet but rest assured, I will share on The Daily Norm once they are), a passion flower, an olive tree, grasses and plenty of geraniums. I’ve also encouraged honeysuckle to grow up the wall, and this year, for the first time, introduced some strawberries into the mix.

Because my urban balcony garden is a natural extension of my lounge which has a very contemporary red, black and white colour scheme, I have attempted to continue that out onto the balcony, with modern galvanised steel planters, and plenty of vivid red geraniums, which mark a wonderful contrast against the building’s crisp white washed walls and the black and grey grasses I have planted intermittently amidst blood-red cala lillies and those red-burst strawberries.

So without further ado, here are some focused shots of the plants which are currently thriving on my urban balcony garden.

Whether you’re a city-dweller or otherwise, I strongly recommend you import some plants into your life – even if it’s only a window box hanging out of the window. The introduction of plants always creates a new geometric mix into any design scheme, bringing curves and floral bursts into often boring square buildings, which are enhanced further as day turns into night, and interesting plant-shaped shadows dance across the surfaces of your home. Whats more, as a plant grows and changes with the seasons, your home too will adapt to the altering cycle of the year, and as the plants rise and fall, you will find a great sense of achievement in tracking their story and progress in your home (just remember to water them, occasionally!)

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  1. Glad you have geraniums. Mine will not grow this year. I think it is because I switched to orange instead of the red that Joe liked. My deep purple petunia’s are thriving as are the day lilies, but the geraniums are “Gone With The Wind.” Oh well, there’s always next year 😉

    July 5, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      I love geraniums – the colours are so vivid and they can flower with such abundance. Sorry to hear yours didn’t work out this year – mine appear to be peculiarly suited to the London micro-climate!

      July 5, 2012
      • The 90 + degree heat my area has been experiencing the past 2 weeks is not helping. It was 91 when I went to bed last night at 10:45. It will cool down to low 80’s starting on Sunday, until then upper 90’s.

        July 5, 2012
      • delacybrown #

        Wow! Good luck with that heat! Hope you’re making full use of aircon! We’re not used to temperatures like that over in the UK!

        July 5, 2012
  2. pueppi #

    Amazing!

    July 5, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Thanks!!

      July 5, 2012
  3. It sounds and looks like you have created a perfect and beautiful space on your balcony. 🙂

    July 6, 2012
  4. millie #

    I love the strawberries, and aliens, and ant! He is so cute and reminds me of our glass ants we bought in Burano.. or was it Murano?

    Your balcony looks like a little slice of heaven! Nice one.

    July 6, 2012
  5. millie #

    Also what are those skinny norm like ghosts? Love ’em.

    July 6, 2012
  6. Gorgeous photos – the entire look is so pretty!

    July 6, 2012
  7. The photo in the article is very beautiful…

    July 6, 2012
  8. I love flowers and trying to photograph how my flowers grow :).
    Really nice pictures you have.

    July 6, 2012
  9. absolutely wonderful flowers. Great effort!

    July 6, 2012
  10. beautiful photos!

    July 6, 2012
  11. I wish I had half as much luck as you seem to have, with the plants on my own balcony and window-boxes! The only flowers with which I seem to have more or less consistent success, are my geraniums and my orchids. Oh – and I have a jasmine whose flowers bloom again and again, but whose leaves are in a terrible state.
    I especially liked the “dancing aliens” on your passion flowers. My sister manages to grow passion flowers on her balcony and my father has them in his garden, but I must admit, I never thought of them that way before. I must learn to look more closely and to think “out of the box”.

    July 6, 2012
  12. conceptualisthic #

    Passion fruit flower lovely !

    July 6, 2012
  13. Beautiful images. You have shared your green fingered brilliance with us and you are so right about blogging – it really makes us appreciate the world.

    July 6, 2012
  14. Alice #

    What’s your secret with keeping your olive tree alive?! Ours put out lots of shoots in December and then threw a tantrum and dropped all of its leaves from February… Now all we’ve got is a stump (though a little scratching at the wood shows it’s green and still alive). I think you’re slightly ahead of us with the London micro climate – our geraniums and strawberries are still green here in Birmingham. Love your photos. Thanks for sharing. I agree, having plants close up really does transform city living.

    July 6, 2012
  15. hiraman #

    Enjoyed reading your blog. will return soon.

    July 6, 2012
  16. sohan146 #

    Yes you are very right that we really miss nature when living in cities. But it is very nice if you can have the oppotunity of having a small terrace garden. and have some time to visit nature at your week end;

    July 6, 2012
  17. Beautiful photos. I like make photos to flowers. I have a little garden in Italy.
    Regards,
    David

    July 6, 2012
  18. The another name of the PASIONARIA is MBURUCUYÁ a guaraní word. With imagination is possible see in the flower “la pasión of the CRISTO”

    July 6, 2012
  19. “To import some plants into your life” Fine advise! A touch of green is a plus in any place or space.

    Congratulationss for being Freshly Pressed, I’m glad it took me here.

    July 6, 2012
  20. The urban balcony gives a royal feeling…SUPERB !!!!

    July 6, 2012
  21. fromthericefields #

    Awesome, my favorite is the ant on olive, ants can make good gardeners as well, although too many can be overkill.

    July 6, 2012
  22. What a wonderful reflection! I’m a big city girl who loves the hustle and bustle on weekdays, but by the weekend, I crave the outdoors and nature and must escape to the woods! Beautiful photos!

    July 6, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Exactly the same here! It’s not always easy to achieve the urban/ rural balance but I try my best! Thanks for your comment!!

      July 6, 2012
  23. I agree with you re the ‘alien’ look of the passion flower — I’ve always thought it looks like some sort of multipurpose interstellar docking station.

    Enjoy your balcony — nice pics of a nice space!

    July 6, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Multipurpose interstellar docking station – love it! You should become a designer for apple! Thanks for stopping by!

      July 6, 2012
  24. I LOVE Passion Vine! The craziest but beautiful flowers! If you would like a shitton of butterflies, get some Milk Weed too- it’s much cuter than it sounds! Small red flowers that open into little bursts of orange flowers. Monarch’s love it and they will find it, lay eggs near it, then the cutest caterpillars will eat the crap out of it. (Don’t worry, it grows back and fast.) Passion vine is a good attracter too! 😀

    July 6, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Thanks for the tip! I’ve never actually seen a caterpillar on my balcony before but I’ve spotted quite a few holes here and there so they must be lurking somewhere! London is undoubtedly too devoid of butterflies. I must change that!

      July 6, 2012
      • Yes indeed! What’s the point in summer tea time without butterflies?! 😀

        July 6, 2012
  25. Yay for urban gardens 🙂 I live in downtown Chicago in the US, and I don’t have a balcony, so I have to plant inside. So far, I’ve accidentally killed my two cactuses, but for some reason my orchid is still going strong. It’s a learning curve to take care of plants…I definitely need more practice before having a whole balcony garden! Cheers!

    Ps…fantastic post!

    July 6, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Thanks! Your message about the cacti made me laugh out when I was just reading it on the tube. I think half of London now thinks I’m crazy! Carry on the urban gardening drive!

      July 6, 2012
  26. I love geraniums–the brighter, the better. We have a small concrete patio as well and I’ve done the same as you–filled it with bright bits of green and growing things. I love the shots of the passion flower. Gorgeous! And congrats on FP!

    July 6, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Thanks! Geraniums are amazing. Incredible colour and pretty hardy too. Thanks for stopping by!

      July 6, 2012
  27. Strawberry is one of my favorite fruit…good to see it here!!
    Love it..

    July 6, 2012
  28. mdprincing #

    beautiful. I looked at the ant for the longest time and thought it looked like he had an afro.

    July 6, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Lol he certainly is full of character!

      July 6, 2012
  29. The alien flower is what first inspired me to start a blog. I had been taking pictures of all the awesome flowers I had been running into here in California. They are so beautiful. Check it: First post! http://fountaindefotos.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/5/

    July 6, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Gosh so it was! I can quite understand the inspiration. Whenever I see my flowers I want to share them with the world! Thanks so much for your comment.

      July 6, 2012
  30. Beautiful.

    I had a lemon plant on my balcony, it died this year in the cold 😦

    http://ourwoldphotoblog.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/lemon-plant/

    What’s a good plant that can survive the fluctuating British Weather?

    July 6, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Hey! Geraniums are pretty good but don’t leave them out in the frost. I’m pretty lucky because my balcony is very sheltered so gets protected from the cold to a certain degree. Also grasses are contemporary and quite hardy. Many thanks for stopping by! Sorry to hear about your lemon tree… My mum has one too but she keeps it in a conservatory.

      July 6, 2012
      • I saw old Geraniums in Nagaland, North-East India right at the Chinese Border at 2000m above sea level. The farmers there decorate their yards with them and the Geraniums survive each winter snow and frost down to -5 Celsius.
        Here in Munich, however, with our down to -20 degrees C each winter, we got to put them in a cool spot inside.
        Obvious to see: your plants love the spot and care you’re giving them!

        July 7, 2012
  31. Thanks for the advice.

    July 6, 2012
  32. stunning photos! love your garden!

    July 6, 2012
  33. Balconies can make wonderful gardens! Mine is full of vegetables, but I love passion flowers, too – I have six now, in various colours, climbing all over the place.

    July 6, 2012
  34. Lovely pictures! Well done for creating this gorgeous green space!

    July 6, 2012
  35. Carlie Chew #

    Beautiful garden shots!

    July 6, 2012
  36. Lovely, lovely photographs! There is a documentary in production right now called, Growing Cities… seems like it could be your bag. It will be ready for release by end of year.

    July 6, 2012
  37. As an ‘urban’ dweller just outside of Toronto, I have come to cherish the small space that I can cultivate during our short, but plentiful growing season. Thanks for posting this and inspiring me!

    July 6, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      So glad to be an inspiration! Thank you!

      July 6, 2012
  38. Brilliant post,charming picture.The flowers,so alive. Regards. Jalal Michael

    July 6, 2012
  39. I really enjoyed your post. When I lived in Chicago I had no outdoor space to plant so I had to resort to terrariums! One must make the most of what one has! (oh, I also really like the ghosties in one of your photos, are they Norms?)

    July 6, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Hey! Many thanks! They actually aren’t Norms but certainly look like it hence why I bought them! So glad you like the post. Many thanks again.

      July 7, 2012
  40. I recently started a blog and I completely agree with you. Writing about myself in a blog has greatly increased my focus and reflection in my daily life. What a blessing!

    July 6, 2012
  41. I love your garden! Have you tried growing any produce? If so, did it work well on your balcony?

    http://stepstochangetheworld.wordpress.com/

    July 6, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Hey! Thanks for the comment! I’ve only tried the strawberries and even those I’m reticent to eat in case they’re imbued with the pollution from the nearby road. However they do make amazing honey from bees in the centre of Paris so maybe pollution makes no difference? Perhaps someone else knows?

      July 7, 2012
  42. Great photos and I think it is really important to add a dash of colour to the city even if it is only in a small space. And all your plants sound like they bring that colour!

    July 6, 2012
  43. lovely photography! Thank you for sharing 🙂
    http://wattwewear.wordpress.com/

    July 6, 2012
  44. I’ve tried to have a flower garden but it gets too darn hot in summer in Texas. I’m more concerned with the trees getting water. There’s always fall planting 🙂 Do geraniums come back again or are they strictly annuals?

    July 6, 2012
  45. Stunning photos! It’s no wonder your balcony is your pride and joy, absolutely gorgeous!

    July 6, 2012
  46. What a soothing ambiance you have created on your urban balcony garden! Living in a big city my whole life, I was definitely out of touch and sensory deprived- it is so easy to be caught up with all the distractions and not cherish the simple beauties like your red geraniums. Really enjoyed this post! Thank you.

    July 6, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      I’m so glad, thank you so much – comments like yours make it worth the work!

      July 7, 2012
  47. Very beautiful photography. Very nice garden. Thanks for sharing. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

    July 6, 2012
  48. Amazing pictures

    U have beautiful garden.

    I love planting but the problem is that in winter most of my plants die especially the flowers.I wish I can save them for the whole seasons but that is impossible!

    July 6, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      It is difficult. Some of the Mediterranean plants need covering with a “fleece” in the winter months which is unsightly but worth it for the thriving life year after year. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      July 7, 2012
  49. I particularly enjoyed your description of why writing a blog is so wonderful- it’s all about perspective. Thank you! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed today- good luck with the craziness.
    Stop by theusualbliss.com sometime!

    July 6, 2012
  50. Great photos, especially of the dancing aliens. Sometimes we miss the little details. Gardening is great on many levels, some of which you have touched upon. Congrats on FP for the 2nd time!

    July 6, 2012
  51. Beautiful pictures. I especially like the ant, and the dancing aliens caption. Thanks for sharing.

    July 6, 2012
  52. You’ve got so much there! And the photos look gorgeous, congrats on the strawberries 😉

    July 6, 2012
  53. Your photos are really sharp and the colors pop. Thanks for sharing.

    July 6, 2012
  54. Hello fellow urban balcony gardener! I’m thrilled to discover your post. What a luscious bounty you have. Small spaces hold BIG inspiration. Thank you for welcoming me aboard the balcony!

    July 7, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Thanks! My pleasure!

      July 7, 2012
  55. Wow you have beautiful Photos! I love the flower that looks like a dancing aliens.. I wish i have a garden like this si lively.

    July 7, 2012
  56. Beautiful. I don’t have a balcony at the moment, but I do enjoy seeing the plant that I do have grow. Also love to buy flowers at the farmer’s market.

    July 7, 2012
  57. Life in action on your balcony. Beautiful photographs. Good job

    July 7, 2012
  58. Lovely photos.

    July 7, 2012
  59. aimlessthinkgirl #

    Good photographic technique and very pretty balcony! I agree that so many of us don’t appreciate what we have because we’re too busy looking at what we don’t. I think it depends on the person, though… Hmm… Anyway, I like your incorporation of the rural into the urban, I think it’s a neat compromise. 🙂

    July 7, 2012
  60. You are quite talented! I love the extreme closeup photography. Just what I would have done!

    July 7, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Thanks! I love close up shots too… Enables us to appreciate what there is otherwise too much distraction to see. Thanks for the comment!

      July 7, 2012
  61. Amazing shot!

    July 7, 2012
  62. I’m so impressed. Are all those shots really from a small balcony garden? And are you SURE you’re not in the Mediterranean somewhere? I AM in southern France, but my passion flowers aren’t out, and I don’t think my brugmansia ever will be. But perhaps that’s something to celebrate with a balcony garden. No plant is ever out of sight, out of mind, so it’s never allowed not to prosper.

    July 7, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      So true! Those plants are part of my interior design really so I do my utmost to keep them healthy. But a lot of it is down to luck. Also the balcony is partially sheltered so a little microclimate is created despite the London seasons. Good luck with your plants!

      July 7, 2012
  63. gorgeous pictures!!

    July 7, 2012
  64. Couldn’t agree with you more. Your pics and plants are absolutely beautiful! Thanks

    July 7, 2012
  65. G #

    There’s really no excuse who us with small yards is there? Well done

    July 7, 2012
  66. Amazing! Its nice that you have made yourself a mini garden 😀

    July 7, 2012
  67. I love it! It’s absolutely wonderful to have that bit of life within the otherwise lifeless walls of a city. Very inspirational!

    July 7, 2012
  68. Gorgeous plants! Very jealous…

    July 7, 2012
  69. Congratulations on being “Freshly Pressed.”

    July 7, 2012
  70. meghannathanson #

    Beautiful to read and beautiful to look at ….

    July 7, 2012
  71. Gorgeous photos. I’m a city girl-dweller as well but I don’t have any plants. Occasionally I get flowers from my husband which are nice because of the sentiment, but I actually am extremely creeped out by plants in and immediately around my home. It’s such an odd phobia, but Christina Ricci has it as well so I know I’m not alone. I wouldn’t mind some vegetables/fruit growing nearby though. Strawberries, yum! Congrats on FP!

    July 7, 2012
  72. Beautiful post. Loved your photos. Thanks for sharing!

    July 7, 2012
  73. I love this and completely agree. You put my exact perception on blogging so eloquently: “I actually think writing a blog, which encourages one to reflect more on one’s life, making the most of occasions, events and opportunities for the sake of sharing and recollecting interesting and unique snapshots of life, makes us bloggers appreciate life with a renewed vitality and a very sharp focus.”
    I’m glad I found you on Freshly Pressed!

    July 7, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Hey thanks so much! It really is true that blogging makes us appreciate our lives so much more but equally it’s great that it connects us in a huge global web. Thanks for becoming part of my web!

      July 12, 2012
  74. Thanks for a beautiful post! I’m about to start an herb garden on my patio. I bought some rosemary from our local farmer’s market and I loved it so much that I’m planting some of the sprigs.

    July 7, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Thanks! Good luck with your planting!

      July 12, 2012
  75. What a beautiful urban green space you have created for yourself. Its a wonderful way to spend time relaxing and enjoying the good life.

    July 7, 2012
  76. Wonderful!!!

    July 7, 2012
  77. Wow, great post! I especially like the photos. My garden is fledgling, but slowly getting there! Looking forward to the next post!

    July 7, 2012
  78. FYI, the seeds of the passion flower FRUIT are WONDERFUL infused in a fine grade vodka! Who knew? I tried this a few summers ago when I had this plant growing here, and OMG! IF you would like a huge infusion of garden, green, and other natural images, please visit my blog/world. Cheers!
    And keep that vodka in the freezer! 😉

    July 7, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      God how cool! Will defo get out the vodka when I get home to my balcony!

      July 12, 2012
      • The seed pods are funny looking, yet the seeds are what you want in the vodka! Have fun!

        July 12, 2012
  79. Reblogged this on Voices and Visions.

    July 7, 2012
  80. The passion flowers are one of my favourite flowers.. they’re so unique. I love all vines, but those are so awesome.

    July 7, 2012
  81. Gorgeous colors and plants/flowers!

    July 8, 2012
  82. congrats on being freshly pressed. Ur photos are out of the world:)

    July 8, 2012
  83. Wow! those are beautiful things. Congrats on being FP!

    July 8, 2012
  84. I love seeing people bring some greenery and tranquility into their city homes, beautiful photos too!

    July 8, 2012
  85. All are beautiful, though the passion flower is my favorite. It is amazing what can be grown in a small, urban environment–I live in a suburb, and nothing on my lawn is as beautiful as those (except the live oak trees). Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

    July 8, 2012
  86. Thanks for the glorious salutation to plants! I really enjoyed the walk through your garden.

    July 8, 2012
  87. Very nice! I have a vertical garden myself – I’m in the country, but I rent and I don’t want to dig up the yard. I just started the garden this year and things are going great!

    July 8, 2012
  88. cool

    July 8, 2012
  89. i agree greenery is to important

    July 8, 2012
  90. nooffensemeant #

    ~ I like your ant photos! I used to photograph ants and chanced upon ants greeting each other. Btw, the flower photos look very lively. Cheers to your amazing photos! (:

    July 8, 2012
  91. Ruchi_world_thru_my_eyz #

    HI..
    This post reminded me of my plants in the balcony of my home. 🙂
    Plants play imp. role in one’s life.. like small kid, they also need care and affection from us.

    July 8, 2012
  92. Very well techniques have been employed by you. This is really charming. Would like to know more about the techniques.

    July 8, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      What can I say? Just patience and watering and the occasional help of fertiliser! Also my plants are quite sheltered from the wind and get plenty of morning sun but not all day sun. Seems to work for them.

      July 12, 2012
  93. Reblogged this on chittaranjansahu.

    July 8, 2012
  94. Nice post! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!!!

    July 8, 2012
  95. Beautiful pictures and beautifully written!

    July 8, 2012
  96. Lovely! Great photos and pretty flowers.

    July 8, 2012
  97. Very beautiful photos and very well written post. I love looking into the lives of those in other parts of the world. I am new to blogging and am falling in love with the opportunity to experience life through the eyes of so many. Your photos are lovely and I look forward to learning more about your life in London by following your blog. Cheers!

    July 8, 2012
  98. simple sustenance #

    Beautifully said! Loved reading it and pictures are nothing but breathtaking. Absolutely gorgeous! And in London’s weather, it’s a big accomplishment. I was there two years ago for a couple months and used to chase sun for some warmth, Those plants are in good hands. Thanks for sharing your slice of serenity,

    July 8, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Many thanks! Yes, building a Mediterranean garden in a far from Mediterranean climate isn’t always easy but so worth it, especially when those occasional doses of sunshine pour onto my plants and I can sit out surrounded by them 🙂

      July 12, 2012
  99. Red Toenails #

    You do very well. I want to start growing herbs in my kitchen. I was watching Home and Garden channel and it seemed pretty simple to do. Thanks for the post.

    July 8, 2012
  100. Very pretty.

    July 8, 2012
  101. brilliant pictures, wants me to go out and take a picture of my lemon and mandarin tree which are in full bloom with yellow and orange hues. reminder to self, plant that herb garden. congrats on being freshly pressed

    July 9, 2012
  102. writingisl0ve #

    Really love your photos! And I wish I could keep up a gorgeous balcony garden like yours. My green thumb is slightly nonexistent, however… 😛

    July 9, 2012
  103. anditfeelslike #

    these pictures pop out of the screen, nice shots!

    July 9, 2012
  104. I love the strawberry, the passion flower, and the greenery. The colors are dazzling!

    July 9, 2012
  105. Sarah Jordan #

    Gorgeous photos! I especially love the passion flower.

    July 9, 2012
  106. Reblogged this on Rashid's Blog.

    July 9, 2012
  107. Lovely photographs!

    July 9, 2012
  108. Wow – what a popular website! – and I wish there was a tick box as I could have ticked away until my arm fell off – geraniums, ants, black grass, strawberries and so on… – its been the most relaxing year I’ve had gardening! – for a wood turner!

    http://woodworkshop.wordpress.com/

    July 9, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Hey! That made me laugh – thanks! Don’t be losing your arm over my blog – your wooden creations are way too good for that! Look forward to seeing more.

      July 12, 2012
  109. younggypsyspirit #

    At least your able to grow things. Unfortunately I have a black thumb, therefore I allow others to do the cultivating. I simply make sure to enjoy their endeavors every chance I get. It sounds like you have a wonderful balcony.

    July 9, 2012
  110. pulsar91 #

    Awesome post!

    July 9, 2012
  111. Thanks for the inspiration! My next project…

    July 9, 2012
  112. Hello there, your photography is beautiful, I wish to see more and can’t wait for more blogs. please check out our blog at http://caravanroadtrip.wordpress.com/

    July 9, 2012
  113. Liza #

    Love your post & beautiful photos!

    July 9, 2012
  114. A good read and yes, I keep a garden and a fairly large green space! Lucky me!

    July 10, 2012
  115. samokan #

    Amazing. Mine is just starting. I finally moved to a new place last month and it has a big balcony 🙂 . Mine is mostly vegetables but I do have some roses, a plum tree, santan, lily of the nile and a violet plant which I don’t know the name yet.

    July 10, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Good luck with your balcony! Look forward to reading up about it on wordpress!

      July 10, 2012
  116. I love the passion flower, always am amazed at its incredible design!

    July 10, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Likewise! It’s nature at its very best!

      July 10, 2012
  117. Transforming balcony to beautiful garden is awesome process which keep u close to nature and gives u peace of mind.

    July 10, 2012
  118. An enjoyable read! I love your little urban garden, the dancing ‘aliens’ and other friendly garden life. The photographs are quite lovely.

    July 10, 2012
  119. woow.. so fresh
    I hope I can plant strawberries in my urban garden.

    July 11, 2012
  120. deelshemp #

    Reblogged this on MORE GREEN AND BLUE and commented:
    Grow Your Own Food Even in Urban Areas?

    July 12, 2012
  121. bentchilliphotography #

    You did the balcony proud! ~ I have a 5 x 2 balcony ~ no room for sitting ~ but i have managed to plant, a fe different things, including 4 tubs of flowers, broad beans ~ my favourite vegetable, peas, aubergine, mini sweetcorn, 2 tomato plants and a cucumber, along with my rose bush ~ when the cats go out there I can’t see them ha ha ~ great read! thank you for sharing and your beautiful photographs

    July 12, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Thanks! Looking forward to seeing it – you have some amazing photos on your blog by the way!

      July 12, 2012
  122. What a lovely post! Urban gardens are great, and the photos you took are amazing. Love the color in those flowers! Congrats on being freshly-pressed and thank you for sharing!

    July 12, 2012
  123. mshields11 #

    I love the bright red of the geraniums against the white – just gorgeous!

    July 14, 2012
  124. I really wish I at least had a balcony of some sort at my new home (I’ll be moving out next month), so I could do something (even remotely) similar 😉

    July 14, 2012
  125. joiedevivre74 #

    Reblogged this on This beautiful life.

    July 15, 2012
  126. Val #

    Before moving to rural Wales, I lived in London and I know how important it is in an urban environment to have access to nature in some form. You’re doing marvellously with your balcony! (And your photographs are lovely). My question though, is – have you a clear view of the sky from your balcony or are there buildings and roofs in the way? This is another thing I realised when we moved out here – no more roofs to obscure the sky! 🙂

    I started following your blog a few days ago, and I’m glad I did. (I do like your ‘norms’!)

    July 15, 2012
    • delacybrown #

      Hey Val thanks so much for the comment and for following. Glad you like the norms! Just returned from Italy this afternoon so look out for more norm and Italy inspired posts soon! I am fairly high up so I can see both roofs and sky which is a perfect combination for me… I love the urban skyline topped with an expanse of sky which changes daily accordingly to the patterns of clouds and sunlight (when we get it)

      July 15, 2012
  127. SO GORGEOUS…& i love your dancing aliens/passion flower!

    July 16, 2012
  128. Uma #

    wow! its inspiring to see how you have utilized your gardening space. It looks amazing..

    Have fun : )
    Uma

    July 16, 2012
  129. Reblogged this on Potted Plant Society.

    July 31, 2012
  130. Tak til deling!

    Nice-Blog

    August 3, 2012
  131. I am plannig for balcony garden the ideas of u inspired me but need some more to make it more attractive.

    December 19, 2013

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