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16
Apr
10

Home garden

While I had thought that my home garden was languishing with very little sunlight in winter, just as spring entered, all the plants suddenly woke up and made their presence felt. I found flowers blooming all over, salad leaves perking up, new buds making their appearance in dried stumps and branches  of cuttings I had given up for good; they really surprised me. Here are some flowers in bloom:

Daffodil viola
pansy pear

Daffodil, viola, pansy and pear (click to enlarge)

Here are some harvests and which form part of my daily salad at breakfast:

broccoli nasturtium
norabona, lettuce, ruccola radish, broccoli, ruccola, lettuce

Some harvests from my home garden L to R and clockwise: Broccoli, nasturtium, lettuce and norabona, radish, ruccola and broccoli (click to enlarge)

Geranium Blue pansy
Daffodil Spiraea thunbergii

More bloomers in my garden: L to R and clockwise: Geranium, blue pansy, daffodil, Spiraea thunbergii (click to enlarge)

I discovered something amazing in the Japanese winterberry that I picked up during the winter hike in December. I brought it back with me from the hills, placed it in a nice vase filled with water and renewed the water from time to time. The seeds turned red and remained so without dropping off for more than 4 months. Just last week I looked closely and there were fresh green leaves from the middle of a branch – but no roots! This really surprised me – if any of you has an explanation, I’ll be happy to know. See the photos below.

Japanese winterberry Japanese winterberry

Left: Japanese winterberry – placed in water in December          Right: Branch of new leaves, but no roots in the stem

 

Here are some more colors from my home garden: (click to enlarge)

Hyacinth nira flower
unknown japanese photinia

L to R and clockwise: Hyacinth, nira flower, snapdragon, flaming red leaves of the japanese photinia

Finally, my favorite wisteria that I transplanted from a friend’s garden to mine has started flowering!

Here it is:

Wisteria

Wisteria

That’s all for this week! Have a great day!

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11
Apr
10

Office garden

Now that I have two gardens, I have decided to call them Office Garden (the plot that comes with my workspace) and Home Garden (the plot at my residence). I have made fairly good progress with the Office Garden. Let the photos speak for themselves. (Drat! The date stamp on my digital camera has a mind of its own!)

4 beds ready

Overall view of the four beds

After allowing the compost to thoroughly soak into the soil for a week, I planted various seedlings and seeds in the four beds. Here’s a sketch of my planting calendar for 2010 with each color representing one kind of vegetable :

plantingcalendar2010

Planting calendar for 2010

Of the seeds I planted, potatoes, radishes, beans, spinach, carrots ruccola, and nastartium have already sprouted. Tomatoes are yet to sprout. The weather has been cold and warm unexpectedly.

I also erected nets surrounding all four plots to protect the young saplings from the strong spring winds, and also to deter animals such as cats, rabbits and the like. I still need to install a gate to shut out animals. The bamboo supports should be strong enough to withstand the wind.

Nets

Wind-proofing and animal-proofing nets all around

Another view

Another view of the nets

 

Saito-san, a good friend and neighbor at my office site, presented me with two large but old wisteria trees. We labored hard and long for a day to transplant them to my office space. He also presented me with two smaller wisteria trees that I planted in my home garden.

Wisteria Wisteria

Wisteria trees transplanted to my Office Garden

Although the trees look bare, buds have already started sprouting. I intend to build a framework of bamboo to support the branches so that the wisteria flowers can hang down just above seats made of tree stumps. You can see a few stumps in the photos above.  I planted these trees so that the growing branches face each other and hope to lead them toward each other by rope/wire or other means. It has always been a dream of mine to have wisterias – thank you, Saito-san!

 

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