The long-awaited flower of Suiren has just bloomed in my small water-lily basin after its tiny flower-bud stealthily appeared above the water surface a day or two ago.
The Japanese name "Suiren" means the lotus flower that falls asleep. This flower opens as if to be awakened by the rise of temperature in the morning sun and closes as if to fall asleep as the temperature drops in the late afternoon, while changing its size and hue slightly each day. After repeating this process of opening and closing for four days, it exhausts its life-span quietly.
Spring is the season of full blossom. One after another, various plants and trees open their colorful flowers for their yearly pollination and reproduction.
For flowering, they must exert all the vital energy that they have stored during the year. Each flower blooms for just a short while, and, when it has fulfilled its duty, it fades away without any hesitation.