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Raccoon Rampage at Rurikia

It was a late spring in Tokyo but an early one at Rurikia this year, and the latest report from the orchyard is that the cherries are starting to turn from yellow to red, usually an indication that they are … Continue reading

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Halftime intermission

I write this while sitting at Rurikia having completed pruning the orchyard and encouraging, as far as targeted thinking can do so, the fruit trees to slow down their rapid progression into spring. It feels like late March, and the … Continue reading

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All in good time, even for foxes

I recently had a fox in my garden. My sister had stopped by and was out working in it when she noticed some movement on the other side of the garden from where she was. She looked over and noticed … Continue reading

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After the storm and final planting

Somehow the orchyard managed to escape the hailstorm with a near-miss. Neighbors on the next road up had their newly planted gardens battered beyond repair, but as far as I can tell I lost a couple of eggplants in the … Continue reading

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An early dashing

Last autumn I expanded the orchyard by planting several new perennials.  While the pears and quince seem to have come through the winter OK, the rest of the group seem to have not done as well.  Of two hazelnut plants, … Continue reading

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Planting Time

The recent snap of warm weather was abruptly closed by a fast moving front which brought snow showers and wind. In the hours ahead of it’s arrival, I managed to eke out the last bit of gardening time in order … Continue reading

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