Shichijuni-kou (72 Seasons) Calendar Listing
仲夏, Chuuka: "Mid-summer"
Season No. 10: 夏至, Geshi:
|Iris with petals slightly curled up at Kikkou Park (吉香公園), Iwakuni, Yamaguchi.|
Ayame Hana Saku
"The Iris Blooms"
(June 26 -June 30)
|The most colorful iris I've ever seen, gracing Kintaikyo Bridge (錦帯橋) in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi.|
|Various expressions of the beauty of iris in paint and silk (Nagahama, Shiga).|
I'm not about to touch this debate with a ten-foot pole. Instead of pretending to know something I don't, I'm just going to throw my hands up in the air, put aside my desire to be right, leave things to this website and marvel in the regal wizardry of this plant's royal design.
|Diabolic or angelic, depending on how you look at it (Iwakuni, Yamaguchi).|
|Iris looking lovely in early summer typhoon showers (Toride, Ibaraki).|
|Iris and Hydrangea (Kikkou Park, Iwakuni)|
|A loquat served with a school lunch. Lucky kids!|
|Biwa bushes with little ripening bags tied around the fruit (Akitsu, Higashi Hiroshima).|
Tree Of The Season: 合歓木, Nemunoki, Persian Silk Tree (Mimosa)
|Fabulous "fan-fare" (haw haw, get it?) at a park in Hiroshima Prefecture.|
The person who named this plant was obviously very aware of the plant's behavior. On dark, cloudy days and at night, the leaves of the nemunoki actually fold inward, as if the tree were going to sleep! Much like the leaves of its cousin, the sensitivity plant, fold up when tickled, the leaves of the nemunoki slowly close and hang limp in low-light situations.
I am always astounded by the sheer intelligence of the lifeforms we share this amazing world with. The more I look, the more wonderment there is to experience! Is there no end to the awesomeness of nature?
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