In a country as dense as Germany (i.e., 585 people/square mile, as compared to the US’s 84 people/square mile), it’s no wonder that so much value is placed on having an outdoor space of your own. In all the apartment hunting I’ve done here — whether in Hamburg, Berlin, or Bremen — balconies are worth their weight in gold. They can be your oasis in the city and a relaxing space to soak up the sun (when she makes her rare appearance).
When I left Berlin last September, I left behind a beautiful balcony garden (not to mention the green thumb who tended to it). I wasn’t originally sure if I would want to try my own hand at creating a balcony garden here in Bremen — I am not known for my gardening talents — but the gorgeous spring has tempted me to give it a try and I honestly couldn’t resist.
The weekend before last, I visited the local garden store in town, picked up a few supplies, and bought flowers from the farmer’s market around the corner. I decided to start small and see how things turn out, choosing flowers that hopefully can hold up to full sunlight and wind: woodland sage (Salvia nemorosa), sandwort (Arenaria montana), tickseed (Coreopsis grandiflora), and a small plant with purplish-pink flowers that I don’t know the name of (help?).
By early afternoon, I had transferred the flowers to their own pots with new soil and granulate, and hung them on the railing. Even with a few bumps along the way (e.g., the hangers I bought don’t really fit completely over the balcony ledge), it was pretty painless and a pleasant way to spend a sunny Saturday. And they make a really wonderful addition to the space.
Now that the easy part is over, I’m looking forward to watching them grow. Wish me luck in keeping them happy and blooming!
Do you have a talent for gardening? Do you have tips to share with me?