Hello Gardening Time!

It’s spring and I really miss my abandoned garden in Osnabrück. I miss gardening. Friends of mine are asking about what to plant at which time and place in their own gardens. At least I can visit and help them from time to time. Here are some nice gardening inspirations for the upcoming season!

I wish you a wonderful fresh start into the new week! Start growing you tomatoes NOW!

Upper Row: Preserved Basil by Susiej – DIY Wildlife Stack by The Guardian – Natural Tomato Trellis by GRIT Magazine.
Lower Row: DIY Natural Wood Raised Garden by instructables – Iced Herb Cubes by Garten Fräulein – Herbs Grown in Wine Crates by The Cottage Market.

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Vertical Gardens by Patrick Blanc!

Patrick Blanc is a French botanist who invented the technique to create vertical gardens (murs végétaux): Beautiful green gardens with plants that are selected by him to fit to the locality and the climate. His creations are bringing a fantastic amount of green nature into urban surroundings that is absolute stunning.

I wish you a wonderful weekend – with many hours outside in the nature!

patrickblanc6Vertical Garden, Dussmann KulturKaufhaus, Berlin, Jan. 2012 … For me, one of the most loved Berlin places to be.

patrickblanc5New York Botanical Garden, Orchid Show by Patrick Blanc, the Yellow Wall

New York Botanical Garden, Orchid Show by Patrick Blanc, the Orchid Corridor

patrickblanc3Icon Hotel Vertical Garden and stairs, Hong Kong

patrickblanc1Messe Frankfurt

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Wilderness… In The Allotment Garden!

Allotment Garden 1 All pics by Franzi.

Today there is not much time. So, I’m just sharing a few impressions from the wilderness in our allotment garden with you. Our little green oasis urgently needs some enthusiastic gardeners. Nevertheless, I like to hang out there – at the moment all the berries are ready to be harvested. The perfect calm-down activity: Berry picking.

I wish you a wonderful start into a wild week!

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Perfect Places Pt. 6: Those were my Summer Days 2013!

Summer DaysAll pics by Franzi.

I know, I know… it’s fall. I can’t deny it any longer. To be honest, I even enjoyed the last two weeks with this special fall light, the crisp air in the mornings and the first yellow leaves. But lets – only one last time – look back. Summer felt incredibly fast this year. I had severe health issues for the main part of it (and am extremely lucky to feel okay now), I started into a completely new professional life and I spent most of the time home. It was not a summer I enjoyed from its first day on and when I started to feel comfortable with the hot season it was already gone. When I looked through my photos of the last three months I was extremely surprised to find nevertheless an enormous amount of perfect places and even more perfect moments. Maybe the summer 2013 was fast, but it was a good one after all. Now the time has arrived where I am totally okay with a golden fall to take over.

I wish you a week full of perfect moments that will stay as perfect memories!

OsnaIn Osnabrück I spend warm summer nights sitting on balconies, drinking wine and having good talks with friends. During the days I tried to stay outside as much as possible. Those sunflowers belong to my running (and this year strolling) route.

IGSThe IGS (International Gardening Show) in Hamburg – Wilhelmsburg. My Hamburg friends and me made a bike-trip to the show, watched flowers and sophisticated gardening ideas, had a picnic, jumped the trampoline and drove with the sightseeing train. All in all a perfect place and a perfect summer day!

HavelbergI made no big holiday trip this summer. But at least I had a one-day vacation in the picturesque city of Havelberg. This single day feels now at least like a full week of fun and sun and ice-cream and culture and interesting people.

AllotmentSummer time means gardening time. Our allotment garden produced tons of berries this year. It was so nice to spend my time in our green oases – often in excellent company with my gardening pals.

BalconyMy balcony was my private paradise. I decided to sow a mixture of wild flower seeds this year and surprised myself with a phenomenal colorful and diverse result.

HamburgLike always, I spent a lot of my summer days in Hamburg. This photo was made during a harbour boat trip – the docks never lose their fascination for me. …Nor does the marine feeling of the city.

BerlinBerlin. My pals and me made a BBQ at the Tempelhofer Feld on one of the last summer days. Sunset, laughs, marshmallows, and peach-halloumi skewers. Perfect. What else?!

Remember? Those were my summer days 2012.

Time is running fast. One year more J. Congrats!

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It’s Gardening Time: The Outfit!

Gardening OutfitAll items via Topshop: I, II, III, IV, V.

Like I promised you last week, today I show you an outfit that is perfect for spending time in an allotment or on a balcony while planting flowers or digging in the earth. It’s practical and cute. And hey, when do you ever get the possibility to wear a nice overall?! Who would have thought that gardening can actually be stylish!

Happy gardening … and I will buy myself an overall now!

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It’s Gardening Time!

Gardening TimePic by Franzi.

You choose Gardening as the second topic you would like to read as a Special Monday post.- And voilá, here it comes… Like you already may know (because I wrote about it several times), I am the proud co-owner of an allotment garden myself and on top I have the incredible luck to have a wonderful, big balcony as well. So, gardening plays a big role in my life. It is relaxing, thrilling and educating. It gives you the perfect opportunity to meet up with people – whether in your allotment when you attain a community gardening day or at your balcony having a BBQ with friends. Gardening offers you an incredible number of distractions and, yes indeed, also work. It is not easy to maintain an allotment garden (last year we really sucked in mowing, but we learned something out of it and bought a new mowing machine for this season), or to think soon enough about buying seeds and providing your balcony for the new season. You have to learn how to grow vegetables. And tomatoes can be a big challenge. There’s an incredible number of books available with gardening tips, but the best way to learn how to do it is actually just doing it. – You will realize if you have done something wrong and try to do it never again. Gardening is a wide field… and I promise you that I will present you more about this topic during this season. And here come a few convenient gardening tools and accessories that would be beautiful and practical in every little space of green…

GardeningI, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII

Have a wonderful week with a lot of hours outside in the nature!

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Not only on my balcony: It’s Tomato Season!

It’s official: The tomato season has started: On my own balcony, in the vegetable gardens, on the farmers market. And I’m always again surprised about the variety of forms and colours you can find there. What a sharp contrast to the always pale red things you find in the supermarket the whole year-long. But what can you do with this sudden abundance of tomatoes?! I looked around the web and found some very tasty looking solutions! But first a few more tomato facts I learned over the years on my balcony:

i) Do you know that tomatoes, from a botanical view, are really berries?

ii) The worst thing/disease that can happen to your tomato plant is blight. And it will happen sooner or later, depending on how wet the plant will get and the weather conditions. In an early case you can try to remove all affected leaves (and then hope!), in all other cases harvest all green fruits as soon as possible, put them in a closed cardboard box and wait. They will afterripe (be patient).

iii) If you have a plant full of green tomatoes and none of them is getting ripe, it may mean that you didn’t remove enough of the suckers that develop in the crotch joint of two branches. If this doesn’t help, twist the main shoot of your plant. This should help.

Baked ricotta and goat cheese and candied tomatoes via Food52

Watermelon and tomato salad via La Domestique

Tomato butter via Little B Cooks

Goat cheese and tomato tart via Martha Stewart

Tomato Jam via Food52

Alice Waters’ Ratatouille via Food52

Find HERE even more tips for growing your own tomatoes.

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