|"Liberty" garden flag|
No matter how you celebrate the 4th, I wish you a happy, safe, and wonderfully independent day.
Nature's Red, White, and Blue Blooms
Healthy plants and flowers are always my favorite decorating idea. Truly blue flowers are not the easiest to find. However, I have discovered that Wave Petunias come in shades close to blue. I had not paid attention to Wave Petunias prior to this year but have discovered that they are an amazingly beautiful and hardy choice for a balcony. The continuous blooms on my balcony are a treat this year.
A mixture of these red, white, and blue petunias would be great arranged together in a single hanging basket or together in a large planter. Or each color in a separate small planter but arranged next to each other on a shelf. Start the plants early enough, and by July 4th, they would be cascading over the rail. Wouldn't that be pretty?
Had I planned ahead, and I will do so next year, a basket of red, white, and blue Wave Petunias would be an excellent way to display red, white & blue.
If you are not able to find wave petunias locally, you use the "store locator" on the Wave Petunia site or you can choose this Wave the Flag pelleted seed assortment from U.S Seal
|Easy Wave the Flag mix by US Seal|
Small Patriotic Garden Flags
I have used small garden flags on my balcony for years. I typically have one planter large enough to hold the small flag stand. I have found that 12 x 18 inch garden flags are a perfect size for a balcony garden. If high winds are a problem on your balcony, typically not on mine but is occasionally a concern, the garden stake can benefit from additional support. A simple zip tie can be used to attach the garden stake to the railing and provide more than adequate support.
The best thing about small garden flags is that they can be changed with each holiday, season, or your mood. Garden flags can add such a personal touch to your balcony.
|Applique Patriotic Garden Flag|
|Toland Home Garden Welcome Flag|
Outdoor Red, White & Blue Lighting
I love just a bit of lighting on my balcony. I prefer privacy from the neighbors' prying eyes. So I prefer subdued lighting. Over the years, I've used candles or a string of small lights - such as a small string of holiday lights.
Nowadays, lights come in such a variety that they can be holiday or celebration themed. Strings such as these red, white, and blue stars would look great attached to a balcony rail on the 4th of July.
|Patriotic Stars Light String|
|Solar Powered and Waterproof Chinese Lanterns|
My first small garden flag remains my favorite garden flag. Unfortunately, I've taken very few photos of it. This is early summer last year - tomato plants, peppers, a flag, and a gorgeous blue sky. Though small, your balcony is part of your home. Make it yours.