When do roses bloom? In my part of the world, they usually bloom in late April/early summer, fade in the middle of summer, and after pruning they bloom again from early fall to frost.
Ryosen-ji Rose Garden in May
my garden, May to June
In the middle of august when I stopped by Umami Hill Park, I was so amazed to find roses blooming vibrantly in spite of the scorching heat. They seem to have been taken care very well and have bloomed constantly since late spring one after another.
Umami Hill Park in august
During high summer, my garden was in a miserable state due to intense heat, occasional downpouring, and its owner without a green thumb. Two weeks ago when the prolonged influence of the typhoon No. 12 was over, I found a very tiny rose blooming in the cool and crisp morning air.
In the same morning, I learned the number of people killed or made missing by the typhoon exceeded 100. Somehow, I remembered this song.
- Bette Midler -
Some say love, it is a river
That drowns the tender reed
Some say love, it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed
Some say love, it is a hunger
An endless aching need
I say love, it is a flower
And you, its only seed
It's the heart, afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance
It's the dream, afraid of waking
That never takes the chance
It's the one who won't be taken
Who cannot seem to give
And the soul, afraid of dying
That never learns to live
When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long
And you think that love is only
for the lucky and the strong
Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snow
Lies the seed
That with the sun's love, in the spring
Becomes the rose
Another typhoon is approaching and raising fears of further landslides and flash flooding in Kii Peninsula (southern Nara pref. and Wakayama pref.) where was already heavily damaged by the previous typhoon.
This year record disasters have happened one after another, not only in Japan but also around the world. Wish no more disasters and hope for the recovery as soon as possible.
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