Our Balcony Garden

If you follow me on Twitter, you will have already heard the news about my attempt at balcony gardening. We’ve never had our own outdoor space before and when we moved to a place with a small balcony, I insisted we turn it into something prettier than it was.

I decided artificial grass was the only way to go and finally got around to ordering some last month. It wasn’t cheap, but it has made such a difference and I love it! I am totally clueless when it comes to gardening, but luckily for me a new garden center opened locally and they have been most helpful.

Fat Cat has been extremely curious about the outside space. He’s been an indoor cat for his whole life, and I’ve slowly been introducing him to the outside world. We won’t let him go further than the balcony and I’ll be sitting there with him to make sure he doesn’t make a jump for it! He seems to love sitting out there with me. It’s a total sun trap and I am certain we are going to love lazing around on it together… Oh and I might just let Alex squish on there with us sometimes too! What better place to take a break from work?

It’s tricky to get a good photo. The Balcony is very narrow, but is the length of the lounge. I’ve started planting each side and we generally sit on the door ledge on a cushion. Here it is from the inside out.

I searched online for nice troughs that weren’t too pricey for ages. I finally ended up with these from Crocus at £12.99 each. The plants have taken a bit of a battering with this wind, but they are holding up nicely. It’s great looking out to see flowers from our windows on the second floor.

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Um, this one seems to have gone a bit wild over the past day or so… Needs a bit of a trim!

We picked up this vintage container in a florist for the bargain price of £7. I’m undecided as to what to put in it yet. There is still so much more to do!

A lot of our plants came from Alexandra Nurseries in Penge. A fabulous place which serves tea and cakes, as well selling plants and vintage items.

This is the first thing Fat Cat did when he was let outside for the first time…

Bit of a trend going on here…

His first steps into the outside world. It’s like his first day at school!

Quickly got into the swing of things…

Are you a good gardener? Feel free to share your tips and tricks!

Have a great weekend everyone x

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15 Responses

  1. Gill Crawshaw June 29, 2012 / 5:02 pm

    No gardening tricks I’m afraid (I’m also completely clueless) but just wanted to say it looks great. I especially love the fake grass, which was a brilliant idea!

    • seebyzoe June 29, 2012 / 6:07 pm

      Thanks very much! It wasn’t easy to lay in such a small space, but I left that to Alex :)

  2. Clare Lewis June 29, 2012 / 7:36 pm

    Wow your balcony is gorgeous, love what you’ve done with it

  3. Kate June 29, 2012 / 10:31 pm

    Your grass looks amazing – I’m often tempted by faux grass but have never seen it look this good… Oh, and if you ever want to loan out your cat, he’s pretty gorgeous too ;-)

    • seebyzoe June 29, 2012 / 11:41 pm

      He’s finished shedding his fur for the summer now… You can have him next year for moulting season ;)

  4. Alexandra Nurseries June 29, 2012 / 11:34 pm

    Love it! So colourful and you’ve made great use of a small space. It’s inspiring to see how much can be achieved without a garden. Can’t wait to see what comes next. You might have to expand onto your neighbours’ balconies. I notice there are a few bare ones nearby … Perhaps you could start a new Green Estate?

    • seebyzoe June 30, 2012 / 11:40 am

      The most some neighbours have on their balcony is their washing or a random chair!

  5. auscanucksarah June 30, 2012 / 9:03 am

    Love it!! What a great way to deal with a small space!

  6. Debbie June 30, 2012 / 2:16 pm

    I love your balcony garden – thank you for sharing it

  7. Megan Broutian June 30, 2012 / 8:19 pm

    I love the orange flowers that look like Gerber daisies (what are they?) And I can totally see that toolbox being turned into an herb garden, with each individual slot housing a different herb (or is that what you’re already doing?)

    I’m not a gardener so my only tip of “get a good gardener” would not help much. Also, nurseries here in the States never serve tea and cakes, BOOOO!

    • seebyzoe July 2, 2012 / 2:08 pm

      Hi Megan. I’ve just been out on my lawn and the label on the plant says its a Dahlietta. It’s looking a bit sad today :(

      I think I’ll go herbs, I seem to have more success with those!

  8. SoundEagle July 31, 2012 / 10:52 am

    Reblogged this on Potted Plant Society.

  9. Sherbet and Sparkles July 31, 2012 / 9:51 pm

    I’m so jealous you got your lavender to stay alive! I keep killing mine!

    • seebyzoe September 20, 2012 / 6:46 pm

      Oh, It did die… I’m working hard on it!

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