This blog is for family and friends, to share my feelings and photos with and for myself, to support my fading memory and improve my Japanese. I intend to do some writing in kanji, but am not getting very far without a Japanese computer. So for the moment I say "konnichi wa". Aisatsu dake - just saying hello.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Other thinlgs: Springtime flowers

Spring in Japan starts in the beginning of February and the first flowers are from that time

Seriba Oren, セリバオウレン,  Coptis japonica (Thunb.) Makino var. major 

Kibushi, キブシ, Stachyurus praecox

 Sumire, スミレ, Japanese wild violets, start popping out in February as well. 

Edible plants and flowers:
Tsukushi, ツクシ, (Equisetum arvense) Field horsetail

Fuki, フキ,  (Petasites japonicus) Giant butterbur

Renge, レンゲ, Chinese milkvetch. They are planted to add nutrition to the soil like a kind of manure

With Meadow Bunting, ホオジロ

 Murasaki keman, ムラサキケマン, Incised fumewort 

Matsuba unlan,マツバウンラン, Blue toadflex

Halfway April in dark corners of hilly parks: fuderindo, フデリンドウ a Japanese Gentian

On bright sunny spots: Poppies, ポッピ

Yaezakura, ヤエザクラ. The cherry blossom tree that blooms last.

Fuji,  藤, Japanese wisteria

They grow in parks, where they are sculpted into tunnels etc, very attractive, as well as in gardens and as wild flowers in the mountains 

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