Frost flower of Shimobashira, Keiskea japonia

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. 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. Continue reading Frost flower of Shimobashira, Keiskea japonia

Tove Jansson Akemobono Forest-park (Moomin park) and Kazi hills

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   Continue reading Tove Jansson Akemobono Forest-park (Moomin park) and Kazi hills

Syowa kinen park, hot but pleasant day

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 … Continue reading Syowa kinen park, hot but pleasant day

Inokashira park, before cherry blossom parties

Inokashira park (08 03 2020) I visit 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 … Continue reading Inokashira park, before cherry blossom parties

Musashi-Kyuryo Park, Feel Spring breeze

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. Continue reading Musashi-Kyuryo Park, Feel Spring breeze