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Red Spider Lilies! In Chichibu

Red Spider Lilies at the Miyama Flower Park in HIno, Arakawa, Chichibu.

Red Spider Lilies, known by the nickname of “autumn equinox flowers” in Japanese are flowering everywhere along the sides of the roads here at the moment, and also in this lovely flower park. I got sidetracked trying to photograph the pussycats playing!

Red Spider Lilies Chichibu

 

 

What is pussy looking at?

playing together!

Little puddytat likes to knock over the flowers!

 

 

Playful pussycat

Lovely Lilies!!

 

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Posted by on September 21, 2017 in seasonal harvests and flowers

 

Chichibu Red Buttercups, Ryokami, Ogano

Another favourite place! The “fukujuso” or yellow buttercups are flowering at Mt. Azumaya, Ryokami, Ogano, just behind Ryokami Michinoeki, also called “yakushi-no-yu onsen”. The Robai (“wintersweet”) were also in flower and their fragrance was divine. There are also a a few “Chichibu-beni” red buttercups which the local council is trying to propagate. Move over winter, spring is here. Yey!

Let’s start with yellow!

buttercups at Mt. Azumaya

buttercups at Mt. Azumaya

dear adorable buttercups

dear adorable buttercups

 

Chichibu-beni red buttercups I wonder why

Chichibu-beni red buttercups I wonder why

Chichibu-beni red buttercups at Mt. Azumaya. They flower a little later than the yellow buttercups. dsc00516

See Mt. Buko in the distance.

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In the buttercup season the local council opens up this old house as a resting spot.

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And just to brighten things up, more buttercups:

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Come and visit my instagram (neezie1608) for a short video clip.

 

Callistemon thriving in Chichibu!

Without looking very hard, so far I have noticed five callistemon (bottle brush plants native to Australia) flowering profusely in Chichibu.

It’s nice to see another Australian blooming in Chichibu!

This one is in my neighborhood:

 

lovely bottle brush in Chichibu

lovely bottle brush in Chichibu

 

Australian bottle brush in Chichibu

Australian bottle brush in Chichibu

 

Australian plant blooming in Chichibu!

Australian plant blooming in Chichibu!

 

 

Japanese folk remedy for mosquito bites: hebi-ichigo

Here in Chichibu, living near bamboo forest, we get lots of mosquitos in the Summer. The neighbors put us onto this folk remedy for mosquito bites. Simply put the hebi-ichigo (literally snake-strawberries) in shochu (white liquor) and let it stand for a few weeks, until mosquito season. The hebi-ichigo are out now. They are said to be poisonous, and I noticed yesterday we had lots of monkeys go past but they didn’t eat the hebi-ichigo.

Here is the shochu, today’s hebi-ichigo in shochu, and last year’s jar.

hebiichigo in shochu

potentilla hebiichigo in shochu

 

hebi-ichigo in shochu

potentilla hebiichigo in shochu

 

hebiichigo

potentilla hebiichigo

hebiichigo

potentilla hebiichigo

 

Below is a wild raspberry, which is edible. Don’t confuse the two!

edible wild berry

edible wild berry

This Japanese home remedy works much better than anything from the pharmacy! Just dip your finger (or a tisssue) in the jar and wipe the shochu liquid on the insect bite, and forget you were bitten….

(Don’t drink the liquid.)

 

Autumn leaves in Arakawa, Chichibu

It’s January and the snow is on the ground and the autumn leaves have long gone but I want to catch up and put my Autumn photos up, taken with a borrowed camera as I had dropped mine.  These were taken on my regular morning walking route in Arakawa, Chichibu.

Chichibu autumn

Chichibu autumn

 

Chichibu Autumn

Chichibu Autumn

 

Chichibu December

Chichibu December

 

Chichibu December

Chichibu December

 

Chichibu December

Chichibu December

 

Chichibu December

Chichibu December

 

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2015 in seasonal harvests and flowers

 

Autumn Dahlia Garden in Ogano

It’s way off the beaten track and billed as the biggest Dahlia garden in Kanto.

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The dahlia are bigger than the local kindergartners! The orange variety of dahlia is called “fuku ha uchi” which means keep the good fortune inside your house, and is chanted in early February while throwing soya beans out of your windows! (The second half of the chant is “oni ha soto”, or devils go outside).

Out of the hundreds of varieties of dahlia, all shapes, colors and sizes, the kids noticed the one variety called “Santa Claus!” Here it is:

red and white one is santa claus!

red and white one is santa claus!

This one is named after me:

"Stars Lady" variety of dahlia

“Stars Lady” variety of dahlia

 

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Bye kids!

 

 
 

Spring in Arakawa, Chichibu

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

Forsythia in Hino, Arakawa, Chichibu

 

"Katakuri" Erythronium Japonicum

“Katakuri” Erythronium Japonicum

 

Mt Buko and the Double Cherries (sounds like a rock band name!)

Mt Buko and the Double Cherries (sounds like a rock band name!)

 

Flowering Quince  (Chaenomeles)

Flowering Quince
(Chaenomeles)

 

"Shiba-sakura" Phlox  Hino, Arakawa, Chichibu

“Shiba-sakura” Phlox
Hino, Arakawa, Chichibu

 

Double Cherries

Double Cherries

 

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

This visitor comes to beg for bread, and eats the forsythia blossoms