Since last time, I went through a period of caterpillar trouble. For a while, entire leaves were munched away on a regular basis. I almost lost my sunflowers and a pepper plant to the little beasties. But in the meantime, the little creatures seem to have moved on from the caterpillar stage. I also had an ongoing battle with the slugs over the wild strawberries. But since it got hot a while ago, the slugs are having a tough time now. The strawberries have been quite amazing this year.Some things seem to move more slowly than last year, though. The morning glories haven’t really advanced very far yet, and my green curtain isn’t much of a curtain yet.
After the foxglove was done blooming, I overhauled the whole pot a bit and it is now spilling over with petunias and looks a lot more civilized on the whole.
The waterlily I bought lives in a nicely painted Japanese pot which I found for cheap second hand. To tell the truth, it is not actually a pot meant for a water garden, but a brazier. The lady who sold me the thing was shocked by my intentions. Let’s just not tell anyone! It does hold its water, the waterlily is doing fine and I even added some orange killifish which can survive in this type of pot without a water filter. Like this I am making sure the pot doesn’t turn into a mosquito breeding ground. So far, the waterlily has not yet shown any intention to bloom, though.
We had our very first cherry tomatoes, but most of the other summer veggies will take some more time to ripen… The hot summer ahead is always a tough time for the roof garden (especially this year since we will be away for some time). I have to keep my fingers crossed that the plants are going to be okay, and that lots of tomatoes and morning glories will be awaiting us on our return!
Oh, and by the way: I am excited to report that our terrace is now also home to a gecko!