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November 2008

Coming Up This Week…

by Fern on November 30, 2008

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I have some (hopefully) exciting things scheduled this week for Life on the Balcony, so be sure to check back often. These are some of the posts I have planned:

  • On Tuesday I’ll be launching the December contest. The contest will be fun and the prize will help you quell any gardening withdrawal you might be feeling now that things are winding down in your outdoor garden (hint, hint!).
  • A bout of rain in my neck of the woods inspired a post about how to protect container gardens during a storm, especially those of us on patios and balconies. Let’s just say, overhangs are not a container gardener’s friend.
  • A 2 bedroom apartment with two people and four cats (i.e. my apartment) got me thinking about growing plants inside specifically for my cats to eat. I wrote before about keeping your cats away from your plants, but sometimes it’s easier to just give in an grow some greens for your four legged roommates.
  • An article in Organic Gardening piqued my interest in Cybister Amarillis. Don’t wait for my post, whet your appetite by googling them now. Cybister Amarillis are a nice alternative if you’re looking for a less-than-typical bulb to force inside.

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Colony Collapse Disorder Documentary

by Fern on November 30, 2008

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Those of you who have been following the unraveling saga of disappearing honeybees might be interested in an upcoming documentary about the problem called Vanishing of the Bees. Other than a minor stylistic quibble regarding the name (I think the “of the” part of the title is a little bit of overkill, but then, I am silly enough to actually think about those sorts of things, so take my opinion with a huge grain of salt), the documentary seems like it is well researched and visually attractive. The intro to the trailer even features an urban windowsill garden.

Photo by autan

So, if you’re interested in colony collapse disorder, or biodynamics, or sustainable living, keep an eye out for this documentary in your area.

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Gift Ideas for Container Gardeners

November 28, 2008

So, we all know it’s Black Friday, and there is also Cyber Monday for dot com businesses. So I thought I would throw out a few gift ideas for container gardeners, in case you have one or two on your holiday gift list (and no, I am not begging for gifts here!). Photo by jek […]

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By Reader Request: Confessions of a Flower Lover

November 26, 2008

Alexa of Invisible Bees suggested that I soften my disdain for certain plants by pointing out the ones I love. So here goes… Aeonium arborium ‘Tricolor’ — I love aeoniums in general, and this one in particular (pictured above). I love anything with variegated foliage, and if you add in flecks of red, I am […]

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Neat Trick to Keep Forced Bulbs Looking Great

November 25, 2008

Theresa of Garden Fresh Living has a neat trick to keep your forced bulbs from growing too quickly and flopping over. I won’t give her trick away, but I would have never thought of this, so it is definitely worth clicking over and trying it out. Photo by ms.Tea

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The Indestructible Indoor Plant

November 25, 2008

Okay, let me start off by saying that this plant is not indestructible. The title was meant to catch your attention, so I left out “nearly,” as in this plant is nearly indestructible. So what is this magnificint plant? Folks, let me introduce Zamioculcas zamiifolia. Don’t worry if you have no idea how to pronounce […]

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Thanksgiving, Balcony Style

November 24, 2008

Did ya know that you can BBQ a whole turkey?! I won’t be doing this, as I’m a vegetarian, but if you BBQ your bird, I’s love to know what you think. Does it stand up to roasting?

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Confessions of a Flower Snob

November 24, 2008

I’m a flower snob. There. I said it. There are several plants that I just will not plant, no matter how nice they are. I apologize in advance if one of your favorites is on my list. If I do name one of your favs below, I suggest dismissing my opinion as that of some […]

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Made in the Shade – A Container Recipe for Bright Shade

November 20, 2008

This is a container I put together for my parents’ house. It sits next to their front door, under a north-facing overhang. If you live in a mild climate, all of these plants will do fine this time of year, otherwise, file this one away for Spring. A — Spotted Deadnettle (Lamium maculatum) B — […]

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Container Gardening Tips for Those With Disabilities

November 19, 2008

After talking with someone who gardens in her wheelchair, I started thinking about other people who might enjoy gardening but think that doing so is not possible due to their physical limitations. I realize that I am no expert in this area, but I thought I would throw out a few ideas, and hope that […]

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