Frost flower is blooming from stems of Keiskea japonia, which belongs to sage family. Keiskea japonia blooms cluster of white flowers in autumn, turn into winter, live roots supply to stems and thin layers of ice are extruded fromstems in cold early morning.
Keiskea japonica/ シモバシラ/ 霜柱、霜華
Keiskea japonica/ シモバシラ/ 霜柱、霜華
The plant is loved by Showa Emperor, who was also a botanist.
This flower is an endemic species of Japan and named by famous Japanese botanist Prof. Keisuke Ito.
Tove Jansson Akemobono Forest-park (Moomin park) and Kazi hills (Saitama) (07 June 2020)
I went hiking at Kazi hills, Iruma city, with friends of my high school days.
Although we talked several times though on-line chatting during stay-at-home period, it was much pleasant to have causal talk in nature.
Of cause, we kept social distancing during our walking.
At the hill-foot, I enjoyed Tove Jansson Akemobono Forest-park (Moomin park), Hanno city
Syowa kinen park (05 6 2020)
I visited Syowa kinen park with my family for light exercising for out of my shape.
It was a little bit hot nearly 30 degrees Celsius, but wind from pond of Japanese Iris, Iris ensata,
or under the shade of big Keyaki (Japanese elm) was quite good.
Iris ensata var. ensata/ Japanese iris/ Hanasyoubu ハナショウブ
Zelkova serrata/ Japanese elm/ Keyaki ケヤキ
Then we visited the Emperor Show Memorial Museum next to the park first time. I was very impressed by the exhibits showing 87year history of the Emperor.
And we were so lucky as no other visitors in there and a staff was so kindly explained in details one by one including a secret story of the car for the Imperial family.
Hibiya park (19 03 2020)
Someiyoshino; the most popular cherry variety has just started blooming in Hibiya park.
Father variety of Someiyoshino, Osima sakura is also blooming with more whitish petals.
On the ground, many flowers such as
Spring star, Grape Hyacinth, Baby blue eyes and Ranunculus are enjoying spring air.
Spring star and Grape Hyacinth
Inokashira park (08 03 2020)
Inokashira park for checking cherry blossom, since it is expected a main cherry variety “Someiyoshino” will be blooming in a week or 10 days.
However, as drizzling and cold, there are few visitors in the park.
White magnolia and Kobushi magnolia have already started blooming.
Taiwan cherry, early blooming pinkish cherry, also blooming.
But, Buds of Someiyoshino look still hard and need more time before blooming.
Finally, I find a few flowers just start opening.
And on the ground, wild violet is also start flowering.
Next week! I sure we can enjoy beauty flowers of Someiyoshino
Musashi-Kyuryo National Government Park (01 03 2020)
Through a main gate to enter the park
On the ground, many spring ephemerals welcome me in gentle spring sun shine.
Also many pretty flowers are blooming
On the tree, early blooming cherry variety, “Kawadzu zakura” is almost full blossom.
Winter honeysuckle are spreading gentle fragrance
I really enjoy gentle early spring day.
Inokashira park and Kichijyoji (Jan 12 2020)
Start from a gate of Inokashira park
A symbol of park: central pond
Inokashira Benzaiten, Saraswati
Visit Kichijyouji area after Inokashira park
Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi park (Feb 09 2020)
Start from Harajyuku Station (JR Yamanote line)
Go into the Meiji Shrine through a front Torii gate.
Purify by washing hands and a mouth
Main Shrine buildings
Japanese garden (Inside garden) in Meiji shrine
Lonicera gracilipes var. glabra/ ウグイスカグラ
A well called Kiyomasa ‘s well
After visiting the shrine, relax in Yoyogi park.