6/17/15

Balcony Gardening Update: Geraniums are finally thriving.



Balcony Gardening this year hasn't been that fun. First, we had unstable weather all Spring. Then more repairs being done this time to our building walls. All this turmoil been really hard on our plants and balconies. Great news! It's almost over. Today I just wanted to show off our beautiful blooming Geraniums. It's almost time for this again!

I have been working on my Christmas Workshops {yes, already}. More details later.

Have a great week!

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5/27/15

How to place a valance on a metal door with an extension rod


It seems to be that with the renovations we had I have been blogging about a few solutions we found along the way. As I mentioned on this past post we recently got new windows and balcony doors installed. With that it came the challenge to adjust out window treatments. 

Today I am showing you how I added privacy to the upper window of our new balcony door that has now a metal frame. I also mentioned the limitations we have when it comes to using hardware. No drilling.


This is the valance we already had on our old window. It is up again. This time I used a small extension rod. It's holding it nicely!

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5/25/15

How to place a shade on a metal door with magnetic hooks


It's been renovation after renovation since last Fall around here. We are already gardening in our new balconies. Recently, we got new balcony doors and windows installed. With that change we had to make some adjustments regarding our window treatments.

The most challenging one was adding privacy to our new metal balcony door which has a window. No drilling is allowed on them. I heard that drilling would compromise the insulation.

It took us a while to figure it out...or I should say for The Man to figure it out...because he certainly did.




The Man found a magnetic hook set. They usually hold utensils and tools. All he did was to drill the shade on both ends at the back. He then hang it from the magnetic hooks placed on the metal door. We found this pretty and light weight shade at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Doesn't it look great?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gabriela Delworth designs, develops and facilitates courses for Continuing Education Programs - Creative Studies. Works and lives in Toronto, Canada.

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5/19/15

Resin Wicker Planter Boxes with removable inner liners.


After numerous compliments coming from neighbors I decided to post about our Resin Wicker Planter Boxes. I spotted them for the first time last year at the Garden section of Home Depot. I believe that the colour and rustic woven exterior got my attention at first glance.

This year while choosing plants at the store, saw them again and brought home a couple more. These water proof planters are described and marketed as "Planter Deck Box with Hook". They also look beautiful on balcony railings.

These planters have a removable plastic inner liner which prevents leaks. It makes planting much easier for me. I usually place about three medium Geraniums I already have blooming indoors in each planter. See here how I do it.

These planters have hooks coated with plastic. They protect surfaces. See them shown on the photo below. They fit our new balcony railings even better, perfectly! See them on our old balcony railings last year here.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gabriela Delworth designs, develops and facilitates courses for Continuing Education Programs - Creative Studies. Works and lives in Toronto, Canada.


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5/12/15

Balcony Gardening Spring 2015... Really?



Hello everyone! It's Spring and back to Balcony Gardening...but is it really? I can't believe this weather, can you? We got a lot of rain already here in T.O. which is great for fast plant growth. I am although a bit concerned about how low the temperatures suddenly dropped since yesterday.

Remember our balconies renovation?  Well, they look amazing and ready to decorate for the season. I am almost done with ours. The Geraniums have started to bloom indoors the past month and now outside they are thriving!

The same old plants you saw last year and some new ones I made from them. This is one of the secrets of great plant health. It works! I am already planning to incorporate them in a few crafty projects. Did you know that you can preserve them? This is how I do it. You can also turn their beauty into prints just like this.

Happy Balcony Gardening!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gabriela Delworth is an Instructional Designer & Facilitator that lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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