After all the mega-snow pictures, it’s time to brighten things up! I’m surrounded by pale pink weeping cherry trees, bright pink and white peach blossoms, forsythia, white spirea, purple hyacinths, bright pink azaleas, yellow Japanese rose, pink yae-sakura (double cherry blossoms), red flowering quince, phlox, daffodils and numerous other little wildflowers.
Forsythia in Hino, Arakawa, Chichibu
“Katakuri” Erythronium Japonicum
Mt Buko and the Double Cherries (sounds like a rock band name!)
Hino, Arakawa, Chichibu
Actually it was just after this photo that I was chased by a monkey! There were a troupe of monkeys at the back of the Miyama garden which backs onto the Arakawa River, and one big boss monkey about three meters from the path. I should have turned back but foolishly decided to try and get past it by looking the other way as I walked (they say monkeys attack if you look them in the eye). As I past I heard it take a jump towards me so I ran away as fast as my jelly legs would take me!
Another visitor at my back door- this bird is really tame:
This visitor comes to beg for bread, and eats the forsythia blossoms