The winter flower of NJ is snow. Japan, however, has camellias, narcissus, plum blossoms and pine. I bought a great book, “A Flower Lover’s Guide To Tokyo, 40 Walks for All Seasons” by Sumiko Enbutsu, as I had planned to photograph as many gardens in Japan as I could. There are 15 flowers highlighted in the book as the most influential in Japanese culture [photos from this summer]:
Since this weekend is the plum blossom festival kickoff (and I will be in Sapporo), I will dedicate this week’s post to the winter flowers of Japan.
Today’s feature: Camellia
There seem to be shrub versions and tree versions of this beautiful flower around Tokyo.