Japanese Flowers – Winter Wonder Week

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]:

Cherry Blossom
Azalea
Tree Peony
Wisteria
Iris

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Lily

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Lotus

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Morning Glory

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Bush Clover
Chrysanthemum
Maple

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Pine

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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.

Camellia

 

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treecamellia

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5 Responses to Japanese Flowers – Winter Wonder Week

  1. How absolutely gorgeous are these shots. I love love love flowers…and even studied botany in HS for the love of it. Such a beautiful post!

    • Colleen says:

      Thank you! Japan is amazing for gardens and flowers. In fact, the garden I went to last weekend, I was thinking eh, it won’t be that great as it’s not spring yet but they have the bones of a good garden down before they add the flowers.
      I often think about taking a landscape architecture class.

  2. Mi Hui says:

    What type of lily is the purple one pictured above? Is there a specific name? My Co-worker loves that and I was thinking about ordering some. Thanks!

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