Last week I took a day off from study (there are only so many Nazi memoirs I can stomach before really needing a supersized break) and spent it in the balcony garden. After the hot days it needed rejuvination. Given one of my obsessions is for symmetry I finally purchased a couple more small hanging pots to make sure each pole on the balcony had a pot.
Anyway for the hanging pots I had a different idea. Fern from LOTB had a wonderful post on combinations in pots. While I did not directly follow one of her wonderful predetermined combinations she got me thinking about colour and function and height and ... Well I looked around the balcony garden for things I already had, poppped to the nursery for some quick supplies and impluse buys and raided the seed drawers. The welsh sprouting onions needed to be separated and given a new home so they were firt on the list. I also had in my possession some interesting beetroot seeds. I have the golden ones already planted in a larger pot, around a leek or two (wonder if this combo will work), sprouting and overcrowding so looks like it is time to thin. Wonder what baby beet leaves taste like ... !!!
Around the sprouting onions, which still were way too crowded, and currently are being used like strong chives to thin them without waste, I planted some white beetroot and some slow bolt beetroot. It'll hopefully be mutli coloured borscht at our place in a few months time. Yes they are very crowded, it is a balcony garden trait that I really need to shake. So far so good. Some tiny seedlings poking their heads through.
In the other two pots I planted snap dragons (I do recall these being on Stuart at Gardening Tips'n'Ideas 5 most hated plant list, love that post because with all the responses it shows just how fickle and wide ranging gardeners can be, but of snapdragons I am a big fan and I guess this proves his 'they're everywhere' theory) with a ring of viola seeds. Sort of the wrong time of the year for viola, but whatever, I did it anyway. The snap dragons are beginning to open up, and even if they only last a day or two in the new heatwave I don't mind. Love the deep red and yellow the best (even though it appears to be a cross between magenta and pretty-in-pink pink in these photos).
So there you have it, a small update on the BG. Wonder how the plant combinations will go. What plant combinations are your favourite? Are there any wierd ones you would recommend that defy the logic of nature?