February 17, 2011

Fukujyu-so (Adonis ramosa) flowers in Engaku-ji

After the unseasonal one-night snow, I found the small flowers of Fukujyu-so blooming inconspicuously in the mild morning sunlight.

”Fukujyu-so” means "the plant of long life and happiness" and its flowers blossom as an early and brilliant forerunner of spring.

The lingering snow, which seemed to be a last trace of winter in the garden, disappeared from view soon in the warmth of the sun.

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