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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…)

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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…)

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Peas, salad with soramame and pecorino, soramame

The spring vegetables are all eaten up now: peas, soramame, salad. I consider all of them a success. The radishes remained below expectations in size (they count as the easiest thing ever to grow, but somehow they’re not working out for me), but at least they taste good. The mint has been growing so vigorously that as a means of control we had to resort to preparing an Indian-style mint dip. (more…)

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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.

Mixed greens - Azalea - Sugar Snaps

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Terrace Update XXI

It’s definitely spring now on the terrace! Everything has been growing so quickly. What a difference a week of radioactive fallout mild temperatures makes!
After the plum and the cherry, also the peach tree has favored us with pink fluffy blossoms. (more…)

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Like last year already, our Sakura proves an early bloomer: the last of the plum blossoms are still in bloom, and already the first pink cherry blossoms are on their way. Unlike last year, I have no big colorful snapdragons anymore, so I am grateful for every touch of color. (more…)

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January in Tokyo is not nearly as bleak as elsewhere in the world. When we returned to Tokyo, we found our plum tree blooming! Despite this winter being colder than usual due to a La Nina event. I wonder how the plants will take it, it’s a bit of a concern. (more…)

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