March 1, 2013

Otome-tsubaki (Camellia japonica f. otome) flower in Engaku-ji

Without being seen, a flower of Otome-tsubaki is in bloom secretly under the leaves.

When the cherry blossoms bloom in April, such tsubaki flowers, which consoled us with their bright colors in almost flowerless winter, disappear mostly from our gardens.

The word "otome" means "a young lady," which well suits the elegant figure of this double-petal flower.

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