April 3, 2022

Spring garden: Jochi-ji

Spring garden: Jochi-ji

In the small humble garden where seasonal plants and trees grow as they naturally are, I found a flower assortment of yellow-mitsumata, white apricot, and pink peach, which represented the incoming of spring in Kita-kamakura.

The bright yellow flowers are yellow-mitsumata. Its bundles of cottony flower-buds sprout in the form of a tiny toy handball in the beginning of February, and keep growing quietly in the height of the harsh season. 

Around the middle of March, as the warmth and sunlight of spring increase, these small yellow buds begin to bloom all together like dear children smiling joyfully and to emit a pleasant aroma, quietly heralding the arrival of long-expected spring.

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