I have been telling you all the new things that I am doing in life lately, taking time out from a hectic schedule. It’s great when you do something that you like – almost like a stress buster. 

So the new found hobby is gardening! Now those of you who stay in apartments know it’s difficult to maintain a balcony garden. So I have got some potted plants. The fresh green sight makes you feel happy when you see them dazzling under the sun or swaying in the wind. What better way to make your surrounding fresh and happy.

The happiness just doubled when you see the first blooms of the season. It’s an awesome feeling when you see fresh bright flowers in your terrace, specially when you know it’s your fruit of hard work and energy. 



I have got some flowering plants rose and China rose to be precise. I love the soft pink hues of my flowers and the lovely red bloom. Have a look at my flowers.

Pink China Rose 



Pink Rose 



Red China Rose 



Apart from the flowering plants I planted some vegetable plants and that gives even more joy. That’s because I planted the seeds directly from my kitchen without too much hope. But when you see the small shoots coming out and little leaves forming you know you have given life to something. All these plants are my babies. 

My kitchen garden has a pumpkin plant, chilli plant, shrubs of coriander and fenugreek. The lone chilli plant has given me almost 20 chillies 🙂 .Isn’t that just great!

The pumpkin plant has given loads of flowers but no fruit so far. I intend to plant a tomato plant and may be some bell peppers. These veggie plants give me more joy than the flowers frankly.

Now I must mention here my better half is also quite enthusiastic in gardening and looks after the plants when I am not around. 

Leaving you with some photos of my babies from my balcony. Let me know if you liked them.

Little Pumpkin plant 


My Chilli Babies 


Let’s see if I can do a post on kitchen gardening ideas and small planter ideas from scraps that you might have in your house. 

Until next time have a great blooming day!

P.S. I’m nicely cozing up in my bed and am too lazy to open the laptop. So this entire post is written edited and posted from my iPhone. If you see formating errors please excuse I’ll correct them tomorrow. 

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This post is written for Write Tribe Festival of Words Day 7  on the prompt Share a Recipe (not necessarily food)
Also linking it to UBC Day 7

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Tina Basu

8 Comments on The Blooming Balcony – Recipe for a Happy Balcony

  1. Francene Stanley
    June 8, 2015 at 9:40 am (2 years ago)

    There's nothing more rewarding than gardening in a limited space like a balcony. Your post brought back memories when I did the same. Wonderful pictures.

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  2. Cathy Graham
    June 8, 2015 at 12:31 pm (2 years ago)

    Great photos of all your flowers and vegetables! You're inspiring me to grow something as I do not have much of a green thumb at all. Someone gave me two tomato plants that I'd better transplant soon. Oh, the responsibility. Hope I don't kill them. Heheh! I'd love to hear your tips about planting in pots for a balcony garden. We had a big garden last year but haven't planted one this year. Our soil isn't that great.

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  3. Tina Basu
    June 8, 2015 at 12:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much Francene, they are my little babies

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  4. Tina Basu
    June 8, 2015 at 12:35 pm (2 years ago)

    Yeah I'll do a post on planters soon, you can create some awesome soil from your kitchen waste. I'll put that up too

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  5. Prasannakumary Raghavan
    June 9, 2015 at 7:40 am (2 years ago)

    Hey what a beautiful flowers especially the hibiscus glazed with silver dew. Gardening is very creative.

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  6. Tina Basu
    June 9, 2015 at 12:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks Barbara

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  7. Tina Basu
    June 9, 2015 at 12:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Yeah it's almost therapeutic isn't it?

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