Marie-Elise's Pretty Shadows & Semi-Industrial View

Marie-Elise's Pretty Shadows & Semi-Industrial View

Aaron Able
Jun 23, 2010

Name: Marie-Elise
Location: Fulham — London, England

This tiny balcony is my only outdoor space, so every inch does double duty. I wanted to create somewhere lush and useful to contrast with the semi-industrial view. There are four kinds of herbs and tomatoes as well as flowers, and nuts for the birds — plus a space for a glass of wine! Likewise, I chose the tiny folding bistro set partly for the pretty shadows it casts into the living room, and the solar fairy lights welcome me and my flatmate home at night.

Quite a few of the plants, pots, and ornaments were rescues (I'm on a tight budget), and I enlisted my father's help for a couple of lovely days together planning and planting. I'm experimenting with the plants as this is my first outside space; any tips would be great!

Figaro the cat has a lead so he can join us outside without launching himself onto the pavement.

Above roof level, the balcony gets drenched in evening light. It makes me think of a poem by RS Thomas which I'm planning to paint on the one spare foot of wall:

I have seen the sun break through to illuminate a small field for a while, and gone my way and forgotten it. But that was the pearl of great price, the one field that had treasure in it. I realize now that I must give all that I have to possess it. Life is not hurrying

on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.
— RS Thomas

Thanks Marie-Elise!

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