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. Our little
brazier fish bowl had a surprise in store: before leaving, we had moved its occupants into the aquarium indoors where an automatic fish feeder was installed. But instead of empty, we found the fish bowl teeming with baby fish!
The green curtain, consisting of morning glory vines and bitter melon vines, had filled in in the meantime, even though it didn’t become as dense as I had hoped. I am thrilled by how decorative my squash vine turned out (actually, not a surprise after what I had seen last year in Kiso Valley). The plant was a “volunteer plant” which sprung up from the compost, and I am happy I decided to keep it.
We’ve not been able to harvest a lot of food this month, only a small bitter melon, a few bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and very late strawberries.
Now that the weather is cooling, the plants will have good growing conditions for some time to come. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to enjoy autumn on the terrace, since the end of our contract at IPMU is near and we’ll be leaving Japan in a few weeks’ time. Luckily, our successors in the apartment, also a couple working at IPMU, have decided to take over all the plants on the terrace, so they can continue to thrive! Until we leave, I’ll be doing my best to have all the plants in the best possible condition so our successors will have a smooth start.