Friday, June 22, 2007

Friday Flash...Rainy Season

Although the rainy season officially started last week round here,today Friday is the first time that we've any substanial rainfall.It was raining when I woke up and now towards the evening it shows no sign of abating.
One shrub that flourishes this time of year is the hydrangea or ajisai.There are many of the plants coming into bloom now.The flowers come in a myriad of colours ranging from pinkish red through to purple and deep blue.
The original Japanese species is gaku-ajisai or big leaved hydrangea and many ornamental varieties have been developed from this native type.Some of these ornamental species especially those with pink and white flowers were developed overseas and then re-imported back into Japan.The damp,dank weather and grey cloudy skies add to the flowers subtle colours.

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