I am back in Japan after about three months in Bangalore, India. Although my office garden has been relinquished, my home garden, I’m happy to say is doing great! There were plenty of weeds all over the place and unwanted plants at odd places; after a few days of hectic weeding, I got the garden in fairly good shape. Here are overall views:
Overall view of one part of garden
Gladiolus at left corner in full bloom with pink and red flowers. The Day lilies near the fence at the left upper corner contributed to the fragrance. Except for the pink abutilon tree, which died due to mysterious circumstances, all other plants were intact. Click to enlarge and see the different names of plants and flowers.‘
Another part of my home garden with a few vegetables
Here, I have some Myoga plants, a couple of tomato plants and a couple of eggplants, three green pepper plants and on the net, I have bitter gourd, morning glory that came up from last year’s dropped seeds, two Dahlia Imperialis plants hidden behind the Myoga plants and a few balloon vines climbing up the net against the window. I also expect the Dahlia Imperialis to grow to 2-m height in August and bloom unreservedly.
Another view of my garden plants
I call the plot in the foreground my “hosta” plot. There are three varieties of hosta with evergreen leaves that bloom with fragrant flowers in late summer. I also expect the Winter Daphne to bloom next February with fragrant white and pink flowers. The toad lily has multiplied – I should take off some of them – otherwise it will spread over the entire plot. Behind the hosta plot is another small plot that I originally used only for herbs. Currently, I have oregano, soapwort (pink flowers), Chamomille and Pink Monarda. White Monarda has just started blooming as I write this post. The day lilies on the fence gave off a nice smell. The Hydrangea flowers with white and blue are at the back, behind the persimmon tree. The persimmon tree has yielded delicious fruits every year since the last 8-10 years.
View of the center of the garden
A collection of various flowering plants. This year’s attraction for me was the white Hydrangea grown in a pot at the right top corner and the Senecia Cineraria with white ice-colored leaves that stands out. I also have a fig tree growing in a large pot. I’m hoping to increase the pot size and replant it. The rose plants in pots see to have bloomed while I was in India. I wish somebody had sent me photos of my garden while I was away!
Now here are the individual photos of flowers:
Day lily at the fence
Pink day lily in a flower pot
Another view of the day lilies
Reddish gladiolus – blooms every year this time
Another view of gladiolus
The splendorous Rose of Sharon
Hydrangea in all its glory
Another closeup of the hydrangea
At the time of this writing, white Monarda and a different variety of Rose of Sharon were blooming in my home garden. I hope to publish photos of these flowers in my next post. Until then, have a great day from sunny Japan!