After one month of being left to themselves, the plants on the terrace presented themselves as feared. A lot of the wrong stuff grew into places it had no business growing in. After cleaning out the remains of the sweet peas and the soramame, I spent a large part of my first day back in town unwinding morning glories from random plants and then winding them up the lattice instead, also the vegetables needed a lot of tying up where they belong.
The herbs have mostly grown into grotesque shapes and started blooming (say, 80cm parsley stalk). On the whole, the vegetables seem to have fared best. For our first lunch back home, we didn’t even need to go shopping, we had pasta with fresh tomatoes. Furthermore, a big cucumber and an egg plant have materialized. I am happy to report that both tasted delicious! Nothing can match the taste and freshness of homegrown vegetables, I really can’t recommend it enough.
The bitter melon vine was the only one to grow where it was meant to, and has almost reached the roof.
For the flowers, things look more grim. While last year, I had all season blooming zinnias and cosmos, the zinnias didn’t grow at all due to the cold spring, and the cosmos are late. Even the snap dragons (which have bloomed almost non-stop for more than a year) seem spent now. I checked around at some nurseries, but even there I could hardly find any blooming flowers! Must be a bad moment. Now that things are back under control, I am waiting for the morning glories to develop and some other summer flowers to come out.