June 11, 2011
Hana-shobu (Iris sanguinea) flowers in Tokei-ji
The long spell of rainy weather in early summer has begun deliberately and the delicate flowers which have waited for this rich moist season are starting to bloom elegantly all at once under the overcast sky.
Plants get sprinkled with the blessed rain and absorb the rainwater to grow vigorously. Insects emerge abundantly and simultaneously from the watery dense growth of trees and shrubs. Birds lively flit from tree to tree twittering merry songs to seek for insects just after every rainfall.
The flowers of iris, which are clothed in purple satin petals, must be the noble daughters of the merciful rain of this season.