When we returned in early August from our business trip, the terrace had started looking like a jungle. Thanks to a typhoon, part of July had been wet and relatively cool, so instead of shriveling up in the heat, the plants had put in a growth spurt. Especially the olive tree seemed to have appreciated the climate, but also the lantana plants had become huge. As already customary, I spent the first few days after my return unwinding morning glory vines from trees and rewinding them where they belong. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘urban gardening’
Since last time, I went through a period of caterpillar trouble. For a while, entire leaves were munched away on a regular basis. I almost lost my sunflowers and a pepper plant to the little beasties. But in the meantime, the little creatures seem to have moved on from the caterpillar stage. I also had an ongoing battle with the slugs over the wild strawberries. But since it got hot a while ago, the slugs are having a tough time now. The strawberries have been quite amazing this year. (more…)
During the last month, things have picked up on the terrace. The trees have turned green, and everything is growing fast. The azaleas have put on a beautiful show of pink and white blossoms. Only the magnolia has decided to skip blooming and moved to green leaves directly
Also the vegetable garden is doing well: these days, homegrown salad and sugar snaps are on our menu.
I am always amazed how Tokyo residents set up their own piece of jungle somewhere in public space. But if there’s one thing of which there is too little here in Tokyo, it’s green. So keep going, folks!
How about some fresh tomatoes or egg plants? Next to the window, bitter melons were climbing up in summer. I like the message this arrangement sends: with a little bit of good will, everyone can have fresh vegetables, even if you live in Tokyo, even if you don’t have a garden, and even if you don’t even have a decent pot.
While last year at the same time I had been raving about the good climate of this time of year, and how well everything was growing, this year I’m not so sure. It has remained hot for longer and then cooled down more quickly. And then all the typhoon-induced rain… I’s all the fault of the La Niña event, which will probably also bring an especially cold winter to Japan. (more…)