March 14, 2010

Young leaves of Iwatabako (Conandron) in Tokei-ji temple

With the coming of real spring, small juvenile leaves of Iwatabako begin to appear inconspicuously out of the cracks in the mossed rock faces of this garden.

Before long, in the shades of these growing leaves, delicate stalks with baby flower buds will emerge one after another and continue to grow.

Early in June, the numerous purple flowers of this small plant will come into bloom simultaneously on the steep rock faces.

The mystic pentacle-shaped flower of Iwatabako is one of the most beautiful emblems in the blooming garden of early summer in Kita-kamakura.

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