A Place to Pause: My Little Garden in the Sky

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We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves.
And we’ll also have a lot more joy in living.

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Summer in My Little Garden

We are having a beautiful summer. The days have been a mixed bag of everything—sunny mornings, afternoon rain showers, perfect humidity, warm temperatures, deliciously cool evenings (perfect for a good night’s sleep), terrific storm clouds rolling in from the west in the late afternoons, bringing grand displays of lightning and crashing thunder, and quintessential calm summer days with blue skies peppered with soft animal-shaped clouds and a cool gentle breeze. I love it all. And, so, it seems, does my little balcony garden in the sky–it is thriving!

This post is dedicated to my dear friend, artist and photographer, Skylark.

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Gardening in the Sky

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 The many great gardens of the world, of literature and poetry,
of painting and music, of religion and architecture,
all make the point as clear as possible:
The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden.

~ Thomas Moore

The Joy of Small Space Gardening

Don’t let a small space, even one in the sky, deter you from gardening. Small spaces can yield a ton of beauty and enjoyment. The pleasure I extract from my small  container garden on my balcony—watering it, dead-heading the blossoms and fussing over every single pot—is enormous. I love every plant in every container, big and small.

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Everbearing Optimism: Planting Strawberries

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The first baby strawberries from my first ever crop of potted strawberries.

 

“An optimist is the human personification of spring.”

~Susan J. Bissonette

Potted Strawberries

This is my third season growing strawberries in pots in my balcony garden here in Calgary, Alberta. The strawberry plants are a wonderful addition to my little garden, with their perfect white blossoms and beautiful lush green foliage. And, of course, we get to enjoy their sweet, succulent little fruits. If you love fresh strawberries and have a small south-facing space in your yard or on your apartment balcony, do try planting a few strawberries in pots. They are easy to grow, fun to harvest and delicious to eat. One bonus of growing strawberries on a highrise balcony is that the birds and squirrels cannot pilfer the ripe berries before you do!

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