Paris is a beautiful, fascinating, unforgettable place but it’s not the natural habitat of a lifelong gardener. Newly arrived in the city in the spring of 2014 I needed to put down roots, however temporary, and this small, shady balcony garden felt like a lifeline. Technically a terrace rather than a balcony, with two walls of white bathroom tiles to reflect the light, two sides of built in plant boxes and the one open side shaded by a densely planted trellis. Not the most promising garden but room to grow.
Two chairs and a flea market table quickly made the space feel more homely.
Seeds sown with more optimism than common sense produced weak, straggling seedlings. Carefully chosen plants, adapted to periodically dry shade, were more successful and the terrace soon became a welcoming green space.
These pictures were taken between March and May 2014. Three Seasons Small shows how the garden developed in 2015.