Gardening Tales

Five Plants On My Balcony

June 11, 2015
I have been chuckling to myself every time we relax on our apartment balcony because of the size of

the Five Plants that live on this third story space.

They are seriously a bit ridiculous and my husband insists that they are harboring mosquitoes  and

these aren't just any mosquito-they are an invisible mosquito.

Which only nibble on him...

We brought these five plants with us, because well, you know me, and my love for my plants.

A few of my plants are guests at my daughter's house during this interim period.

These plants are Texas tough and because they are such winners, I thought I would share

some facts about them, just in case you live in Texas, or in a climate similiar to mine and are looking

for a hardy perennial.

We have two Loquat Trees  (one is in the background of this photo)

which are amazing and withstand our heat and cold, and for you my

California friends they are equally happy in your climate so here is a Link just for you!

I am sprucing up my balcony to give you a little tour next week, but in the mean time I will

share a little information on the Loquat.

1- Quite happy in any well drained soil
2- Do not need to be pruned
3- Have a lovely shape
4- Few natural pests
5- Usually bear fruit in 2-3 years that can be made into pies, cobblers and jelly

Next up is the tried and true Sprenger's Asparagus Fern, I kept mine all throughout the Winter.

Now, it did live in the Greenhouse in the coldest of months but it still is a winner to me.

1- Thrive in pots
2- Like bright indirect sunlight
3- Prefer a slightly acidic and well drained soil
4-Thrive in moderate temperatures but also in heat-(with generous daily watering)
5-Easily propagated by root division or berries from the plant

If you want to add a little tropical feel to your patio or yard try the  Philodendron Bipinnatifidum.

This is an amazing plant, it grows fast and large, so take that into consideration when choosing

it's placement.

1-Grows well as an accent shrub or indoor specimen plant
2-Prefers slightly acidic organic soils
3-Requires generous amount of watering
4-No pests
5-Rarely needs pruning

Another hardy fern is the Japanese Shield Fern, showy all year around and withstands neglect

and heat.

I can vouch for both...

1-Thrives in partial to complete shade
2-Will live in a pot but will perform beautifully planted
3-Needs protection in the Winter
4-Fronds are easy to cut
5-Great filler for flowerbeds

Last but not least are my succulents which are nestled along the edge of the balcony in various

containers and these are the plants which really surprised me the most.

I thought for certain I would kill them with love.

Too much fertilizer or too much water, but they withstood it all and actually truly thrived.

I have even propagated a few along the way, which is very simple to do.

1-Beautiful in containers
2-Resist drought
3-My favorite succulent is the Echeveria Elegans
4-Thrive in hot climates
5-Adds interest to spaces

   ~ As Audrey Hepburn would say~

 "To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."

Wishing you all a lovely and beautiful weekend, be safe and always choose to shine!

Please Join Me~

Cedar Hill Farmhouse


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  1. I am a plant lover too! Your flowers are gorgeous and I would love to have some Peonies here.. I must see to that! Thanks for sharing your plant lore! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

    1. Teresa,
      You are a plant lover and your photos from your gorgeous garden are totally amazing!
      Thanks for your visit and happy weekend!

  2. Good Morning, I love your beautiful peonies, Jemma! I am glad you were able to take some of your plants with you and they are happy on your balcony. Thanks for sharing the info. Have a great Friday and a happy weekend!

    1. Eileen,
      Good Morning to you too! I am so thankful that some of my plants could join me too-building a home takes time and so no matter the wait, I'll have some balcony garden to tend to!
      Wishing you a great Friday and weekend too.

  3. Good morning sweet Jemma! I am so happy to have met you through Instagram, and now following you here. I here ya about the "invisible bugs" that only bite the husband....teeeheheeeeee

    YOUR PLANTS are fabulous. They are growing beautifully and probably can't wait for that new home to be built so that the gardens can be planned out. Don't fresh flowers and greenery just lift your spirits?

    I have returned to blogging, so if you get a chance, come and visit. I had quit this January after seven fun and fabulous years, but I will be back to post only once a month. You are so welcomed to come!

    Enjoy your plans. I wish you a wonderful day and see you on IG! Anita

  4. Hi Jemma! Oh, these plants are just gorgeous and I appreciate all of the info about them! I do believe you have a green thumb! ;) Hope you have a great weekend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. I am a plant lover too - I just can;t grow them, but I love to look at them! Your flowers are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your plant information - I am going to save it - lol - just in case....

  6. It's so nice to have a few live plants but I don't try to have plants in pots any more. We live in 2 locations so it won't work for us. I do buy a little pot just to enjoy while it's blooming though. Have a nice weekend! Hugs, Diane

  7. Looking at your peonies, I have a confession to make...I stole some from my neighbor today. He's not here except in the summers on weekends, and well, you know how fast those gorgeous blooms disappear. Don't tell anyone ;)

  8. I'm so glad you have some of your plants to keep you company!

  9. Hi Jemma, beautiful plants and so glad they are with you. Love the peonies but I have trouble planting them here in the heat. Thank you for the great info too.
    Wishing you a nice weekend.
    Hugs, CM

  10. Hi Jemma, such a pretty blog. The plants and flowers are lovely. I never tire looking at them. Those invisible bugs. no-see-ums are a pain. They love me for some reason and leave me with big welts. Your blog would look great in a summary format. I know you asked infuse with Liz about it.

  11. Jemma, you are giving me ideas for my third floor balcony garden. You have such great ideas and I love that you are so attached to some of your plants. It's true what Audrey Hepburn said... if you plant a garden, you believe in tomorrow. Hugs, Latane

  12. In many ways a balcony of plants to maintain would be nice and if it was a permanent address I can see going all out on it. It is great that you have some plants from home to take care of in this interim.

    Do you know Tara Dillard's blog? She is a professional gardener, garden author and lecturer, and she is moving this month from the house and gardens she has been in for years. And, she is leaving all the plants in her garden. Lucky new owner! She is starting over, designing a home in the early 1900s house she's bought, and garden for the far off future when she will someday be in her 80s, and still be able to take care of it herself.

    If you don't know her you should! You would like her!


  13. I love the Audrey quote / to any gardener it makes perfect sense! We always have to plant or have something growing no matter where we are !

  14. Am taking little with me, moving gardens. Plants from dear friends, who have died, they are coming .

    Glad you reached out, thank you.

    Looking forward to your move.

    Adore your concept, from inception, of creating a home/garden as if they've been nestled in a forest for just ever so long.

    Garden & Be Well, XO T


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