The weather has become warm here and the vegetation makes big jumps in growth. The summer flowers I grew from seed are essentially ready. We already have two big Sunflowers open and some of the smaller varieties are about to bloom. I was quite surprised by this, but after all, the climate here is considerably warmer than what I am used to. The first Cosmos flowers and Zinnias are blooming and the Snapdragons will be ready in a matter of days. On the other hand, the days of our Pansies and Marguerites are essentially over.
Even our aphid pest is under control since the advent of diverse ladybugs. But it seems some very hungry caterpillars found their way to our terrace, as well. Even in this concrete desert, all these insects manage to survive somewhere and to migrate from there to small islands of vegetation. By now, we have a regular small ecosystem going on on our roof garden.
Also the kitchen garden starts to yield. We have already harvested some radishes and small turnips and used some basil, thyme and parsley for cooking. This week, I added two pepper plants.
The only major gardening disaster befell our cherry tomatoes, of which two big branches were broken off by strong winds.
We are regularly having breakfast outside now, and tonight, we’ll have our first barbecue!
Terrace Update V
May 23, 2009 by sevenbrane