One of the reasons why I like living in Tokyo is the great number of sunny days in winter. From November to April, even May, there are only a few cloudy days. Otherwise the sky is seemless and crystal blue. As the city is located on the Pacific coast, the temperatures seldom fall below zero. Though the wind from the ocean can still chill you to the bone, Tokyo is still a very good place to grow succulents and cacti. Outdoors, that is.
My tiny cactus garden is a place hanging in the air and as such it rarely gets any frost so the succulents and cacti thrive all year round. Most of the succulents bloom in winter, showing their flowers off to anybody who is willing to take a look.
These unpretentious, little plants always make me wonder what makes them so strong – just like cacti, they live in harsh climates and despite all the draught, poor soil, cold winters, they never fail to produce brilliant flowers, tiny though they might be. Unlike people, who have their brains to use to get over adverse conditions, the plants rely only on their ability to put to use whatever little the weather and soil treat them to.
I hope you have an enjoyable weekend!