I just wanted to introduce myself as a new member of these forums, especially as I intend to pick your brains ragged with incessant questions about growing
and caring for plants, something I've never really concerned myself with... well, except that one time, and I got fined for that.
But that was then, this is now.
I find myself suddenly bequeathed the task of caring for several plants from my late Father-in-law's balcony, most of which had been sadly neglected towards the end but which I have rescued. I'm quite pleased with my efforts, and with the breath of fresh air that this has breathed into our own balcony, a place I had hitherto only considered as a convenient place to hang laundry. Permit me to show you a photograph of my new found bolt-hole from the demands of wife and daughter within:
It is funny how a death can change the lives of those left behind. It is the Buddhist custom here for the next of kin to maintain a shrine at home and keep the ashes of the deceased for 49 days prior to interment. During this period, we were brought fresh flowers
for the display by the funeral directors every week. As you can see in my second image below, this was both spectacular and intrusive, given the relatively small size of our apartment. Can you imagine the smell of all those blooms in concert with the ever present whiff of incense?
I've never been too fond of cut flowers
but I will miss all that colour and sensory input now we are back to normal again. But my point is, with all this flora around me, I feel like I've been thrust into a garden of delights and I want more! Maybe it's an age thing... a need to genteelly potter about, patiently watching and waiting to see the results of my efforts. Well, Playstation 3 it ain't.
Anyway, as I'm not actually Japanese, my wife's Dad's gardening books don't mean much to me... thank heavens for the WWW! I'm looking forward to spending time here at the Gardener's Forum.
All the best - Bill