Saturday, January 23, 2021

Happy on the balcony

This plant is some kind of miniature petunia. We bought it for about $15 at the big green shed hammer shop. It has been a terrific balcony plant aside from a few moments of misery. I once let it go dry and it was not happy and wilted but quickly recovered. 

It also looks miserable on cloudy and overcast days but give it a blast of sun from dawn to noon, along with some heat and its roots being damp, it smiles at me as I step on to the balcony and almost exudes glee. Best $15 ever spent. 

The apricot flowers open red and fade to a soft peach colour. It was only after a few weeks I began to deadhead the flowers and it has looked better since then too. 

18 comments:

  1. Three attempts over nearly an hour. Will this comment take?
    Bloody blogger is having a hissy fit at me. Again. Glorious splash of colour, and definitely money well spent.

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    1. Are you still with old blogger? That could be why.

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    2. Nope. New blogger. And in the period when I am forced to confirm I am not a robot some blogs refuse to accept my comments. It took four attempts to get this one on Andrew's post.

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    3. EC, Blogger was playing up like that for in the past and it was always when I had to check the box for confirmation. It disappeared in time but my immediate solution was to copy the comment if the comment had to be verified before publishing the comment. At least then I didn't lose what I had typed.

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  2. I was amazed that you had this lovely blooming plant in the dead of winter, and then I remembered that it's summer in Australia.

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    1. Haha Cynthia. I seem to mentally adjust to your weather.

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  3. The worst thing about living in a flat is not having a front and/or back garden. The best thing about living in a flat is the ease of maintaining pots of attractive flowers on the balcony.

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    1. Hels, with only two balcony plants to look after, they do get rather spoilt.

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  4. It's beautiful :) I wonder if our big green hammer shed still has any? might not survive my scorching hot front porch though, nor the attentions of a neighbour's toddler who visits and likes to play with anything in his way.

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    1. River, maybe it is too late for them now although there is still plenty of warm weather left isn't there. I think it be fine in your hot porch as long as you keep it watered adequately. Toddler? I am not so sure about that.

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    2. A toddler who has not yet been taught what he can and cannot touch.

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  5. I do like the colors.

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    1. I tend to not gaudy with most things Kirk, but I fail with flowers.

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  6. Such pretty flowers. Somehow whenever I buy pots of flowers they never last long, so just greenery in my garden :)

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    1. Sami, I guess your climate is even more challenging for plants.

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  7. So pretty Andrew. My mum used to love petunias, she had hanging basketfuls of them and yes they respond well to water and dead heading 🌺

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