For 18 months, our balcony and the exterior face of our building were under construction. Our building is 47 years old so structural rehabilitation was necessary. The scaffolding, the draping and the continual presence of teams of workers appearing at any time of the day were extremely aggravating. We are still waiting for interior deficiencies to be remedied but it seems that masked workers will appear one day. For the umpteenth time, I've moved the furniture in the bedroom.
the bird and utility area
Our balcony is not huge or grand. Most of the finishes would not have been my choice but we are rehabilitating 8 buildings. Cost is a factor for many of the younger families who have bought in recent years. After much thought (I had 18 months) and a lot of Pinterest, I decided to create different areas on the balcony. Edibles, flowers, birds and a reading area were my priorities. I wanted some perennials, annuals for summer colour and railing boxes to save floor space.
more tomatoes every day
We have Anna's hummingbirds, chickadees, bees and dragonflies who visit the balcony. Since we are at home a lot, our visitors provide us with a bit of excitement. There is a glass door leading from the bedroom so I often watch the sunrise from one of our chairs. Coffee and reading are particular joys in the early morning.
My Japanese eggplant has blossoms.
Our balcony is humble but I have plans. More bird feeders in the winter, bulbs in the railing boxes, more perennials and perhaps leafy winter vegetables like chard. I've thought of solar lights but too many décor items could overwhelm a small balcony.
the garden shop on Ile-de-la-Cité
As I have lots of daydream time, I travel in my mind to the shops in Paris. Those Parisiens know what to do with a small balcony.