27.08.2014 Tuomarila, Espoo
Brought home three sweet chestnuts from the Turntable where I had them growing during the summer. Sadly, I forgot about them there and the result was rather sad. One of the 4 that were growing perished, while these three are tiny little things.
Tomorrow I’ll take some photos comparing the ones that grew in the shade on our balcony to them, but just felt like snapping some shots. The second photo shows some of the other plants I did manage to get going in the shade this year. Our balcony faces north-northeast and even in the height of summer this far north, only has a few hours of direct sunlight around 3-9am. By the end of August the sunlight is down to maybe an hour, if it woul stop raining.
There is an English oak bottom center (red container) with some heavy fungal nasty on its leaves. I’m going to repot it with more mineral soil today after harvesting some soil from around some mature English oaks in the neighborhood, hopefully that’ll have some fungal spores (oaks use ectomycorrhizae and I only have inoculum for endo).
Both species of Echinacea are doing terrible in the shade, they really need full sun. Only one E. purpurea survied while 7 pallidas are strugging. They are bottom center.
One container of good king henry is doing pretty well considering the shade (right side of the box with arrow shaped leaves).
Not really visible at the top end of the box are two containers of foxgloves which are also doing surprisingly well in the shade.
Lastly are the three sweet chestnuts (center left) that are quite healthy given the situation. They say sweet chestnuts don’t grow in the shade, but they are the best looking plants on the balcony. Even better than daffodils and tulips, which never bloomed!