These days have been warm like early summer. It might be no wonder because May 6th was “rikka”, the beginning of summer, according to the twenty-four divisional seasons in Japanese calendar originated in China. In my impression, winter comes through gradual cooling from autumn, while summer abruptly comes while enjoying the arrival of spring. Let’s enjoy the greens special to this season together.
Barley are luminous and growing lush.
Wisteria vines and other vines are creeping each other beside murasaki-hanana.
Moss color is brighter: ivy color is deeper.
Not only flowers but also blades are beautiful.
Feel like walking on and on.....with a camera.
御衣黄 Gyoiko at Kasuga Shinen Botanical Garden, Nara City
Gyoiko at Hase-dera Temple, Sakurai City
Talking of green, there are cherry blossoms with green petals. They are double-petaled. When single-petaled flowers are over, double or multiple peatled ones come to bloom, and Gyoiko is the last to bloom at the beginning of May. Due to people's satisfaction already with preceding cherry blossoms and the petal's green color mingling with color of leaves, flowers are hardly noticed. When the center becomes reddish as you see, it is time for them to leave. Cultivation of this tree was started in Edo era (1603-1868) and is seen at about 100 places in Japan.
Wisteria are in bloom: sweet fragrance fills the air.
It's impossible not to find fresh greenery at this time of year.
I got refreshed in the balmy breeze soaked in the shades of green.
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