Our Little Balcony Garden!

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Our house has a long balcony and for a while, I was building a small garden. I had to stop fixing the garden because we had to focus our finances on baby things, you see, and redecorating can be expensive.

Anyway, since the nursery was done and we are pretty much set as far as welcoming Damien goes, I decided to continue with the garden renovations. We are anticipating houseguests once Damy arrives so the house has to look as inviting as possible. Also, you know me and my little projects. I like to keep myself busy while indulging on pretty things whenever possible!

The first balcony garden setup

BTW, I’m doing the garden renovations by myself. Didn’t hire a designer or a landscaper, etc. So not ready for that right now. Initially, I hung a variety of potted plants all over the balcony railings and had a couple of plant stands made. I bought a few potted plants and already, several of them died a few months back. Those that survived are houseplants, hehehe!

Apparently, houseplants are best for balcony gardens, I didn’t know that. All the pretty flowering plants that I bought died along with some of my succulents (it was the changing weather, I swear!). To create a lush haven, I have to get more plants. So that’s phase 1.

Phase 2 involved adding pieces of outdoor furniture along with the fake grass and wooden pallets as flooring. I bought huge squares of fake grass at my local Ace Hardware. They were expensive at PhP1k per square and I bought several so I have extras.

Lazada had its annual 11.11 Holiday sale a few weeks back and I bought decorative (and stackable) outdoor chairs. Colors were limited and I chose the maroon. These chairs took a looong time to be delivered and this is basically the reason why I held off the renovations for a few weeks. According to the seller, Lazada couriers were overwhelmed with orders so shipping went down to a trickle. I also ordered an outdoor table, which is essentially the ripoff version of IKEA’s forest green Gladom table:

Photo Credit: ikea.com

I wasn’t expecting much because it’s quite affordable but I was floored by the quality of this side table. It’s made from a thick, sturdy kind of metal. The package does require assembly but the side table is so easy to put together. I like this table because it’s so space efficient and the top doubles as a serving tray. The quality is so nice, I might get another one for the living room but in a neutral shade.

While waiting for the chairs to arrive, I had several wooden pallets and a couple of freestanding fences made. The pieces were crafted by the same artisans who created the mahogany plant stands.

Once all the components of the garden pieces were done, it was just a matter of working with the placement. Et voila, here’s my humble garden setup:

Since the flooring is ugly, I basically covered it with wood pallets. Each wood pallet is covered with fake grass.

The standing fences are for privacy because one side of the balcony is set near a tricycle queue. To make the garden look extra lush, I bought more plants with plans of adding more next week. That’s basically phase 3. Never, in my life, did I ever think I’d be this excited about potted plants, guys. My plan was to use the balcony garden to sun Damy during the mornings and perhaps, entertain guests at night. Of course, Inspector Lee aka Dimitri the Cat was there to check the place out:

So there, another part of our house has been re-decorated, hahahaha! My next project would be the entryway, which I will start sometime next year.

Anyway, yes! I love how the whole thing looks! It took a while to piece together the whole arrangement but it’s worth the wait. We now have a little slice of green oasis. The hubs and I spend our afternoons here, just chatting after he comes home from the gym (yes, there’s only one chair in the pic but I added another one, was unsure if two chair fits kasi). We feel like an old couple already, hahahaha! I bet Damy (who should make his appearance next weekend, if everything goes according to plan) will love the garden.

Tina Lee

Tina Lee-Almazar is a writer with an insatiable appetite for all things bright, shiny, and beautiful. She's a beauty junkie, a shopping connoisseur, a book collector, and a purse addict. Tina has a long-standing (and well-documented!) but one-sided love affair with cats. Special talents include: the ability to eat again an hour after eating, shopping at 3 different malls in 1 day, and taking a 3-hour power nap every day including weekends.

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