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Serene Balconies
Written by F.M.   
menu_balconi.jpgApparently, geraniums can be nicely replaced – at least in part – by other sorts of edible plants, offering satisfactory results to terraces’ owners and their wallets. Data leave no doubt, it is urban-vegetable garden syndrome. Vegetables are popping up from balconies and terraces: fresh salad, courgettes, tomatoes, but also ornamental plants such as beans, peas and chili. Or officinal and aromatic herbs. Greek basil, French parsley, strawberries. A real boom, so much so that a specific catalogue has been realized for the hanging-vegetable garden’s fanatics, indicating those products which give high quality result and fit in a minimum of space.

 

One can buy the jardin verticale minute, 170 cm high, 70 cm wide, 60 cm deep and provided with an autonomous watering system, so as to obtain wonderful ornamental walls which can decorate small homely spaces in a very original way. The catalogue also contains curious suggestions about plant species: the muelembeckia is a climbing plant whose leaves are the smallest in the world, as small as a lentil; but also prickly pears and myrtle might easily replace geraniums. Nevertheless, considered that the magnificent vegetable gardens of the lagoon islets, due to the terrain composition, offer - sell, actually - fabulous vegetables of particular exquisiteness, why depriving Venice’s Serene balconies of their good, old geraniums? Zonal geraniums are strong and available in many colours; falling geraniums often reach the “calle” or the canal - as it often happened to my aunts’ ones; ivy geraniums and Parisian geraniums; and those species which repel mosquitoes.