About 50,000 hydrangeas of 25 varieties bloom one after another from mid-June through the end of July at Kobe Arboretum (Kobe Shinrin Shokubutsuen). Though hydrangeas at the arboretum are taken care, hydrangeas grow wild at Mt. Rokko and is the official flower of Kobe City.
My favorites are mountain lace-cap hydrangeas, which have delicate figure with smaller flowers and leaves.
The characteristic of hydrangeas at Mt. Rokko is soft pristine blue color influenced by its acidic soil from granites and its great temperature difference between daytime and night. The color is called “Rokko Blue”.
When I looked up, they looked like floating in the sea of juicy green: it was a wondrous sensation.
As a blue-color lover, I tend to take pictures of blue flowers more, but of course hydrangeas of any other color are as attractive as the blue blooms.
|Do we look all right?|
Kobe Arboretum is Japan's largest botanical garden (142.6 ha). Kobe City purchased an area of the Rokko Mountains close to the urban area and planted approximately 1200 varieties of trees from each region of the world including Japan while keeping the natural forests as much as possible. It was opened in 1940.
|Natural forest in summer|
|Autumn (Glorious Mandala of autumn at Mt. Rokko)|
This is my all season favorite Hase-ike Pond.
Around the pond, I found a froglet with only a teeny tail stub.
Hello, grasshopper! What’s your name?
The white camellia-like flower is Stewartia pseudocamellia, or Japanese Stewartia. 娑羅樹 (shara-no-ki)) in Japanese has just started blooming.
|White petals and orange anthers|
Japanese Stewartia blooms high above.
Can you spot two white flowers among the foliage in the photo below?
While walking along the Metasequoia avenue leading to the parking lot,
I felt like that green essence was dripping on me.
See you next year at the Rokko Mountains!