Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Autumn Giraffe, among others...

Autumn days at Shikoku have been super pleasant... 
Cool, dry, and simply heavenly to be outdoors...


Took a shot of our potager today...
The marigolds are still blooming, as are the zinnias...


This dwarf of a flower is called 'wild chrysamthemum' (野菊)in Japanese... 
They grow so well in our garden, without any attention from us...



The Japanese folks call this flower 'Hototogizu' (ホトトギス), which is the name of a bird belonging to the cuckoo family... Apparently, the spots of this lily-family flower is similar to the spots on the chest of the bird...

Think this is called Larkdaisy or Porcupine flower.
The Japanese name is Murasaki Rushan (ムラサキルーシャン) or Ringo Azami(リンゴアザミ)...
Leaves emit apple-like smell when rubbed...


This chrysanthemum is endemic to the island of Honshu in Japan... 
It's scientific name is Chrysanthemum pacificum Nakai but I prefer the common name Isogiku (イソギク) meaning, Rocky Shore Chrysanthemum...

 

We enjoy looking at this wild flower in our morning walks... 
Took back home a specimen of this 'Aki no kirin so' (秋の麒麟草), literally, Autumn Giraffe flower...

Am linking this post to GBBD, which is hosted by May Dreams Gardens...