Finally! One of my balcony roses

Finally! One of my balcony roses

I finally snagged a good photo of the rose bush growing on my balcony:

Photo of rose growing on my balconyMy rose bush has come along beautifully this summer. It’s popping blooms all over. Really, really pleased with it. I’m going to wrap it up in burlap this winter and tuck it into a corner of the balcony. Maybe it might survive.

No idea why it’s such a hard rose to get a photo of. Almost all the ones I’ve taken have been are all over saturated. But, victory at last.

Of aphid wars, mutant lettuce and balcony potatoes

Of aphid wars, mutant lettuce and balcony potatoes

It’s been a bit of an odd week around here. I’ve been trying to figure out a schedule for posting on the mighty Bitter Grounds… and like a noob, I spent so much time deciding on a schedule, I didn’t get around to publishing anything. Okay not one of my more stellar weeks. I’m doomed to remain mildly disorganised.

…. and ….. they’re back … aphids. ****ing aphids. They’ve taken up residence in one of the peppers. The others have remained untouched. I think they set up a fun fair on the leaves, complete with little Ferris wheels and bumper cars. They seem impervious to everything I’ve tried so I found a lady bug to put on the pepper, thinking I was tempting it with an aphid buffet. The ungrateful little sod wandered around the plant a few minutes and then buggered off. Guess my aphids weren’t good enough for him … her ..?? how do you sex a lady bug? I’ll have to plan my next moves carefully. I suspect the aphids have hazmat suits. That’s the only explanation for their stubborn resistance.

However, my other peppers are beginning to actually look like peppers:

Photo of pepper plants growing on my balcony

A wind storm blew off some of the markers so I haven’t a clue which pepper is which. It’ll be an adventure in the kitchen.

Some of the lettuce has done something very odd. The lacy lettuce is wonderful, sweet and tender. But the head lettuce kind of mutated. I think it believes it’s a climbing ivy. I’ve cut them all down and hoping to start over. But it just wants to grow up. At least the potato is behaving. The fact it’s growing so rapidly (and at all, for that matter) is a complete surprise. I figured it would slowly rot in the planter, but it’s tripled in size over the past 2 weeks. Not sure if I should get excited but … we might actually end up with a new potato. Anyone know how many potatoes each plant produces? Or when you know it’s ready to pull? I’ll have to look that up.

PHoto of my potato plant with skyline view

Oh and our tomatoes plants are slowly starting to show itty bitty little tomatoes. They aren’t the biggest plants around, but hopefully we’ll get enough to make me happy. I’ll have to investigate how to make them bigger and bushier for next year.

And finally, our lovely, lovely rose bush: Photo of rose bush buds

It’s been popping up roses like crazy. Initially I thought we’d have 3 maybe 4 roses, but it went into overdrive and it’s covered in little buds. It’s also quite large. Not bad for a little store bought rose. I’ll take more photos on the weekend and post them. The nasturtiums are looking mighty magnificent, but I wanted to wait until the next crop of flowers appeared, that should be this weekend. Until then… later.

One perfect shot – a rose in bloom

One perfect shot – a rose in bloom

Once in awhile I snag a shot that is perfect:

Photo of a pink rose, taken June 2016 Toronto

Taken June 22, 2016 1:33 PM north of St. Clair, west of Yonge.

 Nothing more needs to be said, just enjoy.