Friday, 28 July 2017

Grow your own and see...

I have recently completed this illustration inspired by my own vegetable garden at home.

Growing up in a countryside in Japan, my family had grown rice and we had enough to feed us for a whole year. So we never had to buy rice from shops for a long time until we let go of the field. We still have a little patch to grow vegetables and my mum grows parsley and shiso herbs in flower pots. 

Until I started growing vegetables myself, I had never really paid attentions to how many creatures I could attract to the vegetable garden.  Yes, there are fox and squirrels in London but you don't really see them this close in the open.
Before moving,  I was growing basils in a flower pot just outside my front door. One day I was plucking some leaves from the pot and I felt some presence behind me. When I turned around I saw a fox sneaking up on me. I quickly walked inside the flat but I could see that the fox was attracted to the beautiful smell of basil through frosted glass. It stayed there for a while. 

You can never relax with strawberries and blueberries. That squirrel is always back when you are not looking, or even, when you are looking. Yes I think I know your face by now! You are so bold and look right at me while you munch on my strawberry. 

Bees love lavenders and borages. Even though I am very scared of them, they are generally good. I am happy if I am contributing to their honey collection a little.
I have also spotted 8 magpies in the garden. I think they are a family. I even saw them trick up a pigeon to take some fruits themselves.  

I think I spend far too much time observing these little creatures but they all have personality of their own and sometimes amusing. Now all I need is Sun this summer so that I can finally eat red tomatoes. 

Sketching out the idea





蜂は正直苦手なのですが、ラベンダーやボレッジの花の蜜を食べによく来ます。少しでもハチミツのもとになっているのなら、良いかな。野菜の受粉もしてくれるし、なによりこのクマみたいなふわふわのBumble beeがかわいいです。マグパイという鳥(カササギ)もよく来るのですが、この間8匹も同時に庭にいるのを見かけました。たぶんみんな家族だと思うのですが。鳩を騙して、自分たちだけで果物を独り占めしてるのも目撃。


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