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Sunflower blooms next to the road, outside the gardener’s property

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このコーナーは家と歩道の境目にありますが、近所の方のおかげでいつもきれいな花が咲いています。

This sunflower is blooming in a tiny mound of dirt outside a neighbor’s house. I love how she maintains this corner and always offers some seasonal color to the passers-by.

Lovely vine covers street-side window with red and yellow lanterns

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花がいっぱい咲いている蔓植物が路地の前の窓にちょっとしたプライバシーを提供しています。濃い青色の陶器タイルもきれいですね。

I love how this easy to grow vine sends its growth down. The owner has trained it over the street-side window so that it provides additional privacy. There’s also two types of bamboo shades, and three spider plants. I also like how the blue ceramic tile adds a decorative element to what is a very functional architecture typical of post-war Japan.

Suddenly, sunflowers already blooming in Tokyo

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梅雨が終わったら、歩道で突然、ヒマワリが咲いています。新宿三丁目で。

As the rainy season officially ends, the temperature soars in Tokyo. Suddenly the sunflowers are already blooming. In Shinjuku 3 Chome.

Morning glory on green curtain blooms longer in the rain

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雨の日は、昼まで琉球アサガオが咲いています。いっぱいです。

For four years, this Okinawa morning glory returns each year. While the annual Edo morning glories are just starting to climb, the Okinawa morning glory is already blooming and extending its reach to all corners of the narrow balcony.

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Single yellow tulip in red tulip bed, Park Avenue, New York City

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たくさんの赤色のチューリップのあいだに、黄色のチューリップが一つ咲いています。ニューヨークのパークアベニューで。

Visiting New York City the last week of April, everything was in bloom, and tulips seem especially popular this year. I love how on Park Avenue the beds of red tulips have random yellow tulips breaking the conformity.

Elegant temple entrance on Koenji backstreet

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高円寺のお寺の長い入口は素敵です。梅も咲いています。

I bike down a back street to visit my favorite Shin Koenji coffee shop. I pass several temples with well maintained gardens. The long entrance looked particularly elegant on a cold, sunny day. Just to the side of the gate, a plum tree is blooming.

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Melting snow and white camellias in four season garden

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雪が解けたときに、石井さんの庭で白いツバキが咲いていて、そばの路地で子供たちが遊んでいました。

Ishii-san’s garden nearby always look good, in all seasons. With the snow melting, a family enjoys walking down the street.

Still a few morning glory flowers on balcony

寒くなったのに、アサガオがまだ咲いています。サルビアもあります。

It’s getting colder in Tokyo, but I am happy to still see morning glory flowers on my mid-rise balcony. Just above is a salvia adding more purple to this narrow space.

New England wildflower blooms brightly on Tokyo balcony

北米ニューイングランド産の野草が咲いています。ニューヨークに住んでいる友だちからきれいな種をもらいました。

I planted some “New England wildflowers” from seed, and this yellow flower quickly appeared on my Tokyo balcony. A few weeks later, the entire plant had died. I hope the seeds have ventured out in the neighborhood.

Below is a photo of the cute seed pack illustration which my friend Matt gave me in New York last June. Also irresistible is the “New Yorker tomato,” which I gave a late start too in Tokyo in July. I gave many seedlings to friends and colleagues.

Pink flowers provide pop of color on balcony jungle

日本語で、「pop of color」という表現をどのように言うのでしょうか。このベランダにはたくさんのピンクの花が長い間咲いています。

These dry pink flowers last for weeks and weeks. I forgot the name already, but I like this type of flower that provides a pop of color against the many types of green leaves in the garden.

Delicate vine growing outside my friends’ kitchen window

この花が咲いているつる植物は繊細に見えます。友達のイアンとゆきとパットの台所の窓から。

I like this delicate, flowering vine growing outside the kitchen window at my friends Ian, Yuki, and Pat’s house.

Wilted morning glory in afternoon sunshine

朝早くに、琉球アサガオの濃い青色の花がたくさん咲いています。昼には、しおれて花がピンクになります。これはフィルムの写真です。

Early in the day, this Okinawa morning glory is a deep blue with lots of large blooms. I like how by afternoon, the flowers turn pink as they wilt.

Pink clematis reappears on balcony from last year

とても大きいピンクのクレマチスを去年を植えたことを忘れてしまっていました。今、花が三つ咲いています。

A happy surprise!

I forgot I planted this jumbo pink clematis last year, and now there are three blooms.