If I could hear my plants speak, they would probably be yelling at me to pull out those weeds that were engulfing them, draining away their nutrition and cutting out sunlight! Yes, I returned to my garden in Japan last week; my flowering plants engulfed by tall grasses, some of my herbs missing and a tomato plant surprisingly peeping out from my hostas!
But amidst the gloom, there’s sunshine. Take a look at my first harvest of peanuts.
Bunch of peanuts
I had put in just four of these plants before I left for India, and was thrilled to see them come up good and healthy.
Peanuts washed and ready for boiling with salt
I wasted no time and had boiled them almost immediately. I never expected to harvest them so easily. This will be a permanent feature every summer.
Another pleasant surprise was sweet potato. The plants had made their way to various parts of the small plot of land and had to be chopped up. A trial dig gave me some healthy looking sweet potatoes.
Just dug-up and washed sweet potato
I am encourage to grow these again next year. The only point you need to consider is the space – these plants creep all over your garden and take up space.
Another delightful surprise was morning glory. A few of them still adorned my fences and made my day!
Morning glory – still going strong!
The photo above shows two of these flowers engulfed by Japanese anemone leaves. Not surprisingly, I could not find any seeds; this plant was a hybrid variety that I had purchased from the local nursery. I was happy however, to find lots of seeds in other MG plants that I had raised from seed.
A long sasanqua plant with a single flower greeted my return to the garden.
The ginger lily plants had also shot up in my absence; the toad lily was in full bloom.
Ginger lily and toad lily on either side of the solar lamp
Larger view of the toad lily
The cutting of the scented geranium has grown into a healthy plant! My cup runneth over; I am glad to be back to my garden in Japan.
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PS: My camera fell and the date setting became confused in some of the photos.