Our balcony this year has been very cooperative. Weather here in Tokyo is a bit weird but still our small garden managed to survive. It even surprised us with beautiful blooms! And because the weather is mostly sunny and warm, my fishes are out to play!

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Small Container Pond at the Balcony

 

White roses! Yes, they are in plural form because two beautiful roses are now the center of attraction of our balcony.  I was checking pictures of the same plant from last year. I noticed that it produced a bright pink flower. But now all flowers were white?! Spring must be really warm for this to happen. Nevertheless, the white roses also complement with the lush green leaves around them.

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White Roses Greet Us Every Morning

The tiny pink flowers of the Citronella are also in bloom. The flowers add to the beauty of the roses as the two plants blend well together. Lavenders, on the other hand, fills our balcony with soft and relaxing fragrance. Sometimes after watering the plants, the smell enters our house.

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Pink Citronella Flowers to Protect Us from Mosquitoes and Bugs

 

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Lavender Flowers Make Freshen Our Air

 

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Pink Dianthus Pops Up from Time to Time

 

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Ferns Make Our Garden Lush

Harvests from Our Balcony

Aside from flowers, we also enjoy some herbs and berries that we freshly pick from our small garden. This year, I have been successful growing dill. We love to put it in our omelettes during our weekend brunch.

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Fresh Dill for Omelettes

We also have a handful of strawberry fruits this season. And to protect them from birds, I enclosed the plant box with a fine net. Now we are enjoying sweet strawberries in full size. (Last year when I was about to pick them up, I found only half-size strawberries. The birds ate half of the fruits 🙁 )

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Our Own Strawberry Patch

 

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Fresh Mulberries Everyday!

 

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Fresh Mints for Our Drinks

 

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Growing Laurel for Adobo

 

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Sweet Berries for Snack

I also tried to grow some plants from seeds like fennel, carrots, melon, cucumber, and zucchini. At the moment they look promising. Hopefully by summer or autumn, we would be able to harvest some fruits and vegetables. Can't wait to pull fresh fennels and carrots out from the ground!