January 8, 2010

Nogawa Park (January 9th)

Shibateranthis pinnatifida (Setsubun-sou).

We took a walk to Nogawa Park in our neighborhood this afternoon.
Some of the Shibateranthis pinnatifida (Setsubun-sou) flowers already started to bloom. They were only 5 or 6 flowers, but we saw them a few weeks later last year, so it seemed they woke up pretty earlier.
Just a month ago or so we took pictures of beautiful maple leaves, but now there were no leaves left on the trees. The flowers of Chimonanthus praecox (Roubai) were in peak, and they were spreading their lovely fragrance in the air around them. Amazingly sweet smell!

Turdus naumanni (Tsugumi, Dusky Thrush).

Shibateranthis pinnatifida (Setsubun-sou).

The trees's reflection on the pond.
I made this upside down.

Anther shot of the reflection of the forest.
The water in the pond was really still today.

Narcissus tazetta var. chinensis (Nihon-zuisen).

Reineckea carnea (Kichijou-sou).

Edgeworthia chrysantha (Mitsumata).
This plant's bark is one of the materials to make traditional Japanese paper.
The flower buds were still tight today. They will have yellow flowers with lovely smell.

Shibateranthis pinnatifida (Setsubun-sou).

The sky was pretty.
Soon the sun was going to set.

Chimonanthus praecox f. concolor (Soshin-Roubai).


jpPréaux said...


Please, could you tell me the differences existing between Chimonanthus species and form concolor?
What is the lowest temperature in this park ?


PS Have you already tried sowing seeds of Eranthis ?

bioskop said...

1) The flowers of usual Chimonanthus praecox have purplish brown center. On the other hand, Chimonanthus praecox f. concolor has pure yellow flowers...There is no brownish color in this kind.
See the picture of normal Chimonanthus praecox below...


2) It is about -2℃ or so around here, so probably same in the park, too. No snow this year yet here in Tokyo. Mostly sunny in winter around here.

3) About the Eranthis, they plant them in the park. They bloom around the end of January to the beginning of February every year.