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08

Autumn flowers, cauliflower and leafy vegetables

I finished planting vegetables for autumn last week – there’s no more space in my tiny garden to plant any more! Let’s see the final layout, a view of the vegetable patch from the second storey.

Veggie patch

I have the top two rows of “shungiku” – just found out that the English name is “crown daisy.” Next come two rows of radish (the small red ones, which I hope to harvest with in a month); another two rows of “shungiku” and two rows of Chinese cabbage that I am hoping will start closing at the center to form the core. The net has kept out all pests and the cabbage leaves are healthy and large!

Next, the oblong patch against the wall (photo left below) has three parts: a lettuce patch covered by net, a two-row spinach patch and a covered cauliflower patch. I’m growing these three kinds of vegetables for the first time, and am hoping they come out fine.

Patch against wall

Lettuce

The photo to the right above is the lettuce patch – one has kind of failed but the rest of the lettuce plants are doing fine.

Here are the other two patches:

Spinach

 Cauliflower

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photo on the left above shows two rows of young spinach plants that I transferred from pots to ground, and on the right a single row of cauliflower plants that I purchased from the nursery.

I found that the net on the cauliflower patch had not been fastened tight against the ground and a green worm had worked its way into one of the plants. Suffice to say that green worm will go hungry today.

Yesterday, a friend presented me with four kinds of flowering plants. I’m really excited about them, especially the fragrant flower with the cryptic name Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Apparently,  flowers start dark purple then fade to lavender then to almost white.  Here is a photo:

Yesterday, today and tomorrow

The second one was a splendid growth of blue/purple flowers in bunches; called “Ruri Matsuri” in Japanese; I found its English name: Plumbago.

Plumbago

The flowers seem to be in full bloom in autumn; I’m looking forward to taking care of these plants and enjoying them through autumn. Thank you, Utiyama-san.

I did want to show readers of this blog two other flowers in full bloom in my garden – here they are:

Japanese anemone

This is photo of the Japanese anemone in full bloom in my garden.

Toad Lily

And here is the “Hototogisu” or the Toad Lily in all its splendor!

And that’s it for today! Have a wonderful day!

 

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4 Responses to “Autumn flowers, cauliflower and leafy vegetables”


  1. October 15, 2008 at 1:04 am

    I’m a Japanese landscaep architect living in Malaysia. You can see my tropical plants diary here.
    http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/kasinoki_nao

  2. October 16, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    I’ve been looking for yesterday today and tomorrow seeds for myself. That’s such a nice gift. I saw bonsai a made from one, the author remarked on the strong fragrance that fills the entire garden. The botanical name in Brunflesia. Not sure what species you have there. The flowers of some brunflesia species start purple, fading to white over a few days, hence the name. Your fall vegetables are looking so good. They’re way ahead of mine. I really need to get some row covers if I intend to harvest cabbage or cauliflower this fall. I can’t make the seedling grow any faster. 😉

  3. October 16, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Yes, the fragrance is just divine. I think the flowering season is over because when I received the plant the flowers were already white. If I do get some seeds from the plant I’ll send you some (if that is possible!) I harvested lettuce for the first time today – hope to have fresh vegetable juice today. 🙂

  4. November 19, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Hi there, how’s the plumbago doing after 3 years 🙂 The leaves look somewhat bigger than the variant we have here in the Mediterranean. Brilliant blog keep up the good work.


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