Incidentally, I found cherry blossoms near Ara-ike Pond one day before the official announcement about its bloom in Nara Park. At Sagi-ike Pond, none was blooming with most buds on the verge of flowering.
|at Umami Hills Park|
Kobushi flowers become all fists catching the wind
(Japanese word “kobushi” means both “辛夷, magnoliga” and “拳, fist”.)
辛夷, Kobus magnolia, or Kobushi magnolia, is a species of magnolia native to the mountainous regions of Japan. They bear pleasantly fragrant white flowers with a hint of pale pink.
In late March, the buds of Kobushi magnolia shed their furry coats and burst into bloom on the bare branches before the foliage emerges.
In northern Japan, Kobushi magnolia is also called “田打ち桜, tauchi-zakura”, or “cherry blossoms for starting planting”. Farmers in northern Japan used to start farming at the sight of its exuberant florescence. Such index is practical even now because weather changes every year.
|Kobushi with the backdrop of Cornus officinalis at Umami Hills Park|
|at Sagi-ike Pond, Nara Park|
Each white flower has petals faintly tinted pink peering deep inside.
At Sagi-ike Pond in Nara Park, there is a glorious Kobushi magnolia which usually is in full bloom before cherry blossoms at the beginning of April.
This year, their bloom is delayed like other spring tree flowers.They will be at their best in a week at the same time with cherry blossoms.
|I like to walk under the arch of Kobushi magnolia to see what is |
beyond the hill of the ancient tumulus at Umami Hills Park.
The tree below is 木蓮 (mokuren), Magnolia liliiflora, or lily magnolia. which is originally from China. They are more common than Kobushi magnolia in Japanese gardens. The
blooming of lily magnolia is always a little ahead of Kobushi magnolia.
|荒池園地, near the Ara-ik Pond, Nara Park|
Sagi-ike Pond, Nara Park
I took some of these pictures at Umami Hills Park last April and some of them at Nara Park the other day. The other day was such a serene, warm day, however, yesterday was a spring storm more intense than a typhoon. I hope buds and flowers held strong clinging to the branches through the violent wind.
I'll be leaving with today's protagonist, Kobushi magnolia.
- This post is linked to Our World Tuesday. -