June 15, 2011
Ajisai (hydrangea) flowers in Engaku-ji
Ajisai flowers blossom in full glory during this rainy season of early summer called "Tsuyu" (apricot rain) in Japanese. "Tsuyu" means "the rain which falls when the fruits of Ume (Japanese apricot) ripen."
The botanical name "hydrangea" of Ajisai means "a vessel of water" and adequately express the noble attribute of its moist colorful flowers.
This flower of rain changes in color beautifully with the lapse of time. This transformation is called "the seven metamorphoses of the hydrangea flower."
I wonder how brilliantly these newborn plain flowers will grow up soon.