Northern Exposure

Triumphs and failures on a window ledge.

Weekend Work January 25, 2009

Filed under: Autumn,Summer,Weather,Winter — northernwindowgardener @ 12:40 pm


Having done a major tidy-up/killing spree before the holidays and taken some time over the last two weekends to remove the last of the autumn plants, it’s just about care and maintenance at the moment. As well as a time to take stock and plan for summer (which feels very far off at the moment)

It’s dark both as I leave during the week and when I get home so the weekend is the only time to have a good look at what’s going on. And sometimes what you see isn’t that pretty.

As the pic (right) shows not everything is rosy in the garden at this time of year. A pansy being knocked around in the wind (note to self: use a quicker shutter speed!)  a couple of very scrappy dianthus and waterlogged soil. So much for simple controllable growing conditions.

When I started this blog I wanted it to honestly record the ups and downs of gardening in window boxes. There are lots of beautiful pictures of flowers and gardens on the web and masses of sites with good advice on what to do right. I wanted to admit to the failures, the screw-ups and mistakes in the hope that I, and others, might have a chance of not making the same errors. Hence pictures of frost-damaged cyclamen and near-dear dianthus.

Hopefully this will make the summer’s spectacularly colourful display all the more satisfying!


2 Responses to “Weekend Work”

  1. Flighty Says:

    I think that it’s important to mention, and show, successes and failures as not doing often gives a false impression.
    I’m sure that come the summer you’ll be well satisfied with what you achieve.

  2. northernwindowgardener Says:

    I have lots of pics of un-success and I do think a bit of balance is required. My winter lesson is that everything slows down and some things go into reverse. There’s no harm in showing that as it’ll be a good reminder next time round.

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