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Monday, December 26, 2011

Colours of Spring in Kyushu Island

Spring is when nature starts to clear the grey and bid farewell to the cold and reintroduce a range of fresh-scented, vibrant flowers that will help you invite the outside in. Spring is fast on its way to Japan and with spring comes a fascination with her flowers. Beautiful blooms sprout as the days begin to warm.

The best way to celebrate the flowers of spring in Japan is to head out to a local park or garden for a stroll or a picnic – it’s a popular pastime so we have to be prepared for crowds!.

Kyushu is the third largest island in the Japanese archipelago and the southernmost in the chain. The region includes eight prefectures: Fukuoka, Saga, Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Oita, Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Okinawa.
Here's are some of the nature's "colours of spring" that I have captured it myself here in Kyushu Island. Enjoy it!

1) Plum or Apricot Blossoms (Ume)
Ume blossoms can range in color from almost white to a bright pink and are often mistaken for cherry blossoms.

+- close up of pink Ume -+

+- long shot of Pink Ume -+

+- SN and I under the White Ume Tree at Dazaifu Shrine-+

The fruit of the ume tree, the Japanese plum is considered to bring good luck in Japan, that is if you eat one each morning!.

The photos that I'm sharing here in this entry were taken at the Dazaifu Shrine in Fukuoka prefecture and also at the Glover Garden in Nagasaki.
+- SN's family with the Pink Ume Trees -+
+- combination of White and Pink Ume Trees at Glover Garden, Nagasaki -+

2) Peach Blossoms (Momo)
The peach holds a special place in the hearts of the Japanese is said to be useful in driving away evil. This concept is the basis for the popular folk tale Momotaro, where a young boy is found floating in a giant peach and grows up to defeat demons.

+- White Momo -+

+- Bright Pink Momo -+

+- Peach Momo -+

+- Maroon Momo -+
+- Left pic: Pink Momo -+
+- Right pic : SN's family under the White Momo Tree -+
3) Vegetable Flower (Nanohana)
The nanohaha is a brilliant yellow plants which indicate that spring is coming!.

I found this flowers by the highway; on my way to buy groceries on last weekend. From the distance, I saw some bright yellow flowers planted in a bed in someone's garden. In neat, tidy rows, upon closer inspection, I saw that yes, it is actually flowers in a vegetable.

Nanohana, in Japanese literally translates into 'Vegetable Flower' but it also can be read to mean wild flower, or flower of the field.

The plant is completely edible but in case if you asked, NO I didn't eat it!. Nanohana blooms just before the cherry and it's view is breathtakingly beautiful.

+- stiffing the non-fragrance flower -+
+- is in the air -+

4) Tulip

tulip is a bulbous plant with showy flowers in the genus Tulipa, which belongs to the family Liliaceae. -wikipedia-

These photos of tulips were captured during our visit to Glover Garden in Nagasaki, few months ago.
+- pink and yellow Tulips -+
+- SN was sleepy, I already fell asleep while hubby is the only one wide awake in this picture. LOL! -+

5) Japanese Flowering Quince

So many people grow these flowers in front of their houses in Japan so I can enjoy looking at these flowers every single day.
+- Look at SN's mouth; it goes pouting on his effort to pronounce the word "purple" -+

6) Cherry Blossoms (Sakura)
The cherry blossom season is so anticipated that there are even calendars that will tell you when the cherry blossoms will start to bloom.

+- close up shot of the Sakuras -+

Sakura; without any doubt is considered as Japan's trademark alongside with their famous Ultraman, Doreamon, Ninja and Geisha.
+- Masya Allah; it is remarkably beautiful -+
+- we surely don't want to be missed out in capturing this captivating view -+

The life of the cherry blossoms is short, only about five to twelve days, so you need to act fast and plan well to take in these blooms at their peak.
+- SN's family were stunned by the stunning view of sakura from under the tree -+

Sakura is a symbol of Japan, and it's said that there are over four hundred varieties of cherry trees in Japan. The most popular kind of sakura which can be viewed everywhere in Japan is somei-yoshino (Yedoensis). Japanese cherry trees do not yield fruits like other cherry trees.
+- Thank you Allah for this opportunity to view Sakura once again this year -+
+- A pose inspired by the ANTM show. Tyra, please don't eliminate me this week jelir -+

(7) Unidentified flowers/plants
It is called Unidentified Flower not because it is unusual; but purely because of the lack of information from my side, thus I was not able to provide you the name of this beautiful plants. Nevertheless, I do hope you enjoy the view and if ever anyone who's reading this entry know what is the flower, kindly leave comment in this entry. Thanks in advance.
+- Beautiful unknown purple flower -+
+- green and white bushes seems nice too, aren't they? -+

(8) Lilac Wisteria

Aside from Roses there is no flower quite as beautiful and aromatic as Lilac. Unfortunately, Lilacs bloom for only a very brief period in the spring. Weather will have a lot to do with how long Lilac will bloom for.
We found these hanging clusters of lilac purple flowers at a shrine nearby to our house.

+- sila fokus pada bunga, bukan pada muka sembab dua beranak itu
jelir -+
+- hanging clusters of lilac purple flowers -+

Excuse the selekeh-ness of our clothes because we didn't plan to go do any photo shoot at first. * "ko bajet ko artis ke ada orang kisah kalau ko pakai comot2 dalam gambar, diorang nak tengok bunga bukan nak tengok ko" ; bisik hati kecil daku*. ihikhik We were actually on our evening stroll by the seaside before we bumped into these lovely flowers.

+- daddy and SN jadi mat bunga sekejap -+
+- warna tudung yang sedondon dengan bunga -+
+- sandarkan pada kenangan tiang
jelir -+

Bloom season for Lilac Wisteria is in late spring i.e. between May - Jun.

(9) Poppy

Poppy flowers have 4 to 6 petals. Petals may be almost any color, and some have markings. Before blooming, the petals are crumpled in the bud, and as blooming finishes, the petals often lie flat before falling away.
+- muncung-muncung mulut nak ajar SN sebut 'poppy' -+

(10) DaisyThe daisy is a delightfully simple flower that is renowned for its variety of brilliant colors. Colors include white, cream, yellow, gold, pink, magenta, salmon, orange, red and bi-colors.

+- bright orange daisy -+

+- jangan tunggu lama-lama, nanti bunga di petik orang
jelir -+

+- white and yellow daisies kat tepi rumah kitorang -+

(11) Azalea

Azaleas bloom in spring, their flowers often lasting several weeks. Shade tolerant, they prefer living near or under trees.
+- small azaleas -+
+- big azaleas -+

(12) Lupine

The lupin, also known as the lupine, is a tall perennial with spiky flowers that lend grace to any garden. It grows wild in many parts of the world.

Wild lupins are generally a rich blue or purple, but some species produce pink, red, violet, white or yellow blooms.

+- buat-buat hidu, padahal tak ada bau apa-apa pun ihikhik -+

(13) Wildflowers
A wildflower is flower that grows wild, meaning it was not intentionally seeded or planted.

In this picture below, those wildflowers are obviously intentionally seeded and planted because it has form into those nice shapes of butterfly in the beautiful garden at Uminonakamichi Park


I am blessed to be given this golden chance by Allah to experience the joy of spring in Kyushu for this year. Thank you Allah ~ Alhamdulillah.
+- SN's family ceria di samping bunga -+

Psssssssssssttttt: rasa hati berbunga-bunga bila tengok bunga cantik-cantik ni kan?. Which flower is your favorite amongst all these?.
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