March 28, 2009

Nogawa Park and ICU (March 28th)

Cherry blossoms at the ICU campus.

We went to Nogawa Park and the ICU campus to see the cherry blossoms.
It was not the peak yet, but at the ICU campus about 30 - 40 % of the cherry blossoms were blooming.

Cherry at the ICU.

Cherry at the ICU.

Viola grypoceras (Tachitsubo Sumire) at the ICU.

Gentiana zollingeri (Fude Rindou) at the ICU.
Most of them didn't open yet, but we found a few of the blue flowers open.

Maple leaves in Nogawa Park.

Maple leaves in Nogawa Park.

Lindera umbellata (Kuromoji).

Viola grypoceras (Tachitsubo Sumire) in Nogawa Park.

Viola keiskei (Maruba Sumire).

Viola verecunda (Nyoi Sumire).

Astragalus sinicus (Genge, Renge).

Taraxacum albidum (Shirobana Tanpopo).

Chelidonium japonicum (Yamabuki-sou).

Matteuccia struthiopteris (Kusa-sotetsu, Kogomi).
This is called Ostrich fern in English. What an interesting naming!
The young sprouts of this kind of fern is edible.
It tastes really good with soy sauce and a bit of ground ginger after boiling quickly.

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