One of the many things I have learned tending alpine troughs on the balcony is to let them be in the spring.
I used to fuss and think the tufa planters needed to be cleaned up. But they don’t. The tiny, early sprouts of alpine plants are best left alone. They are tender and sometimes take a little longer to emerge. Water if you must, but leave them alone to grow or rest as they see fit.
With unusually warm weather, the troughs are greening up a lot earlier than normal. Started to set up the balcony today.
These tiny ferns are at their peak.
The alpine clematis are just about finished flowering now. Nice effort this year.
The draba are awake and starting to set flower buds. It’s still frosty and occasionally foggy here, so it’s a bit too cool and too early to be mucking about with the troughs yet. But the usual suspects like the draba, saxifrage and clematis are clearly starting to grow.
The grass on the balcony is in full bloom right now – adding a bit of colour.
Balcony bean harvest complete, tomatoes still producing.
Beet harvest at the community garden well underway. Neighbourhood rabbit seems to like the Bull’s Blood Beet variety and is helping by digging up the plants, but not eating the beet root.