March 29, 2009

Koishikawa Botanical Garden, Hakusan, Tokyo (March 29th)

Cerasus jamasakura (Yamazakura).

We went to see the cherry blossoms at the Koishikawa Botanical Garden attached to Tokyo University near Hakusan subway station. The cherry blossoms were not in peak yet... The flowers were opening about 40 % or so. However, we found the another flower which we expected; Viola diffusa (Tsukushi Sumire). They originally grow around a part of Kyuushu and Okinawa, but somehow you can see them in this garden. We found a nice weeping cherry tree and had lunch with a little bit of Sake near that tree.

Viola yedoensis (Noji Sumire).

Viola diffusa (Tsukushi Sumire).
It has little bit of purple and yellow-green on the white petals.

Viola diffusa (Tsukushi Sumire).

Viola diffusa (Tsukushi Sumire).
It has a pretty short spur.

Viola diffusa (Tsukushi Sumire).
You can tell how tiny this flower is.

The cherry garden.

Trigonotis peduncularis (Kyuuri-gusa).
The flowers are 2-3 mm or so. It looks like really tiny forget-me-not flowers.
This is treated as just a weed, but it is one of my favorite flowers.

Viola confusa ssp. nagasakiensis (Hime Sumire).
It might look pretty big, but please compare it with the size of the tiny Creeping Woodsorrel leaves.

Prunus × yedoensis (Cherry "Someiyoshino").

Prunus apetala (Chouji Zakura).
The "Chouji" means the spice, cloves.
The flower shape looks like cloves.

Another kind of cherry.

Prunus × yedoensis (Cherry "Someiyoshino").

Prunus jamazakura var. praecox (Kanzakura).
This one has already finished blooming and now has beautiful green leaves.

Prunus spachiana (Shidare Zakura).

Viola grypoceras (Tachitsubo Sumire).

Fritillaria verticillata var. thunbergii (Baimo).

Viola grypoceras f. variegata (Akafu Tachitsubo Sumire).

Prunus × yedoensis (Cherry "Someiyoshino").

Viola japonica (Ko Sumire).

Veronica hederifolia (Furasaba-sou).

Veronica cymbalaria (Kogome Inu-no-fuguri).
In this garden, these white veronica grow much more than the usual blue ones; Veronica persica (Oo-inu-no-fuguri).

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