Weather has been unpredictable as usual with stormy or rainy days,
but it didn't detract from the signs of spring that were evident all around.
Before Sakura monopolizes stage, there are lovely, eye catching flowers native to Japan
which are due to bloom from late winter to early spring.
I walked around in the Japanese garden of Nara Kasugano International Forum "Iraka" in Nara Park.
First of all, these soft yellow flowers are "Tosamizuki", Spike winter hazel.
I love its autumn leaves, too.
"Asebi", Japanese Andromeda, or Pieris japonica, is abundant in the garden.
The delicate, drooping flowers are so lovely.
I climbed to the upper ground under the tunnel of Japanese Andromeda both white and pale pink.
At the top there is a gazebo surrounded by Japanese Andromeda.
A nice place to rest.
A little distance from the gazebo, the Five-storied Pagoda of Kofuku-ji,
and the Ikoma Mountain ranges are seen.
Effect of Impressive Art of camera
"Yabu-tsubaki", Camellia japonica, outstands in the faded colored backdrop.
The green leaves are "Shaga", Iris japonica.
Iris japonica is evergreen perennial.
I spotted two blooms too early for its flower season.
seen through trees also caught my eyes.
Life is growing steadily also in the pond.
Ume (Prunus mume) blossoms are fading away.
They have been replaced by early-blooming "Kohigan-sakura", Prunus subhirtella,
which bloom around Vernal Equinox.
It was reported the first blossom of Somei-yoshino variety was found in Tokyo yesterday.
Sakura season is just around the corner, but with the constant swelling of the buds
peoples' code of action against COVID is loosening.
We should enjoy Sakura viewing prudently when it 's still a long way for herd immunity.
The garden of 甍 Iraka is open to public free of charge.
As you see in the photos, the building features big roof made of Japanese roof tiles
and is situated in the heart of Nara Park.
Inside and outside of Iraka building
Linked to Mosaic Monday