George has finally found his "Home Sweet Home" after 14 years of searching. George convinced Erika to move back to Japan, but it has been an uphill struggle. There are many problems that lie ahead for George and Erika before they can finally call Japan, "Home Sweet Home". Please join them as they face the difficulties and celebrate the successes. The journey promises to be entertaining as well as informative.
Summer in Tsukahara
Spring in Tsukahara
Friday, November 22, 2013
It's a start
to Tsukahara, I promised myself that I wouldn’t touch the landscape. I felt
that a natural setting was the best fit for our home. I have discovered
that the oaks on our property are attracting the world’s largest hornets. These
hornets can be deadly if a person is stung. The danger is real enough that the
local hospital keeps a serum on hand if a victim is stung. Rather than endanger
our guests and ourselves, we have decided to remove the oak trees.
I do not
want to do this, but it’s something I must do. We’ll cut the trees down before the
leaves appear next spring. The wood will be dried and used for firewood in a
One of our
neighbors has a Japanese maple forest in his front yard. In Seattle, we had a similar
landscape in our yard. I’ve always been a big fan of Japanese maples and I have
tried to incorporate them into all of my landscapes. Our neighbor has given us
a bunch of small Japanese maples which we have been planted in our nursery.
Japanese maples, really?
They don't look like much right now. We have
been told that they will reach a respectable size in five years. It’s a start…and
five years will pass quickly. One of the nice things about Japanese maples is
that they allow light to filter through. This is very important as we don’t want to block our million dollar view! I like
the idea that they are growing wild in the mountains that surround us. Having them in our yard gives us the feeling of bringing the mountains a little closer to us. The
spectacular fall color will be an added bonus. George