Sunday, May 31, 2015

Garden 2015 - Caladiums

Since my balcony is so shady, I am focused on plants with interesting leaves for this year's garden. Caladiums, to me, impart a feeling of shade and cool. I also love how water beads up on their leaves. This variety is called Gingerland, and I have planted it in the same pot as my Bedstraw. So far, it seems to be doing well. I may need to acquire some other varieties.

Friday, May 22, 2015

My Garden 2015 - Dogwood

This past Mother's Day hit me hard. It would have been my first Mother's Day as a mom, if I hadn't miscarried last April. I shouldn't have been surprised, but the degree of sadness, the degree of longing, the degree of hurt took me aback. 

I had to work that day. The mothers and the children enjoying the day together was painful to watch. I was very glad with the heavy rain rolled, driving the customers away .

That day, I bought this little Dogwood tree (Cornus alba var Ivory Halo). I had admired it since I first started working there.

 I love the delicacy of the leaves, how they trembled in the wind. 

I love the red stems, their contrast against the variegated leaves. 

I hope this little tree is happy on my mostly shady balcony until I have a place where I can give it a permanent home. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My Garden 2015 - Second Chances

Three pansies, which I saved from the dumpster, and brought back to life. Pansies are cool weather plants, wilting and withering in the summer heat. However, it has been cool this spring, and my balcony garden is cool and shady. I shall see how long I can keep them looking nice.

A plantlet from a spider plant. I must admit, over the winter I neglected this little plant. It ended up in a spot where it lacked both light and water. The leaves where elongate and chlorotic due to lack of sunlight, flaccid and thin due to lack of water. I put it out on the balcony in a last ditch effort to save it. In a matter of days, the leaves began producing chlorophyll again as they greened up. I only wish I had taken before picture of the ghostly leaves.

Monday, May 18, 2015

My Garden 2015 - Sweet Woodruff

Galium odoratum - I love it for its whorled leaf arrangement (3 or more leaves coming from a single point on the stem). A favorite herb throughout the centuries for the sweet hay smell it releases when it is dried. It has been used to stuff mattresses and pillow, and as a strewing herb. It is also said to "make men happy" when added to ales and wines. Perhaps my little plant will grow enough that I can harvest some of it to experiment with. It has already grown a lot since I planted it last week. The plant should be happy on my porch of filtered and dappled light. I want to try to overwinter it inside this year. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My Garden 2015 - Stainless Steel

Originally, I was going to entitle this post "The plant I fell in love with", but then realized that is true of many of the plants I have obtained this summer for my balcony garden. 

But this was my first love of the summer. A plant I admired for weeks. A plant I thought about and considered, and finally, decided to purchase.  I give you - Stainless Steel. A variety of Coral Bells (Heuchara). 

The leaves, start off this beautiful silvery gray, with dark green veins, which, as they get older turn a silvery, purple green. The slightest breeze will set them to trembling. 

When I adopted the plant, she wasn't blooming, so the delicate flowers, white tinged with pink, are a pleasant surprise. Here, they have not yet opened. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Useless, Adrift, and Full of Tears

 Don't know where to go in life. Don't know what dreams to follow. Don't know how to follow them. All I have done in the past seems worthless. All I try to pursue for the future seems futile.

Those were the thoughts going through my head before I forced myself to take this photo.