Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Flowers in the rainy season...

We are in the midst of the rainy season...
Incidentally, Typhoon Number 4 is currently scraping over the Japanese archipelago as I blog, bringing with it much rain and strong winds...
Luckily, our place is not along its path...



And yes, rainy season in Japan is the season to enjoy the blooms of Ajisai (hydrangea)...
The first specimen was given to us by a neighbor the other day...
I actually prefer the other type of ajisai that the Japanese folks call gaku-ajisai (gaku = frame, as in picture frame)...
Apparently, the real flowers are those dotty little things in the middle area...
Rather intriguing, don't you think?
My sweeto haato takes care of mainly herbs and flowers (while I do vegetables and fruits)...
Here, I was privileged to capture one of her creations (of roses and English lavender)...
Some years ago, I tried sowing some edible chrysanthemum seeds...
Thereafter, they self-seed and I really do not have to do much except harvesting them...
They are an excellent vegetable to eat...
And after the eating is done, they provide plentiful flowers that are so pretty...
And once again, I was delighted to be able to capture yet another arrangement made by my missus...