Tuesday, January 8, 2013

WINTER PEONY

 I went to a Winter Peony garden at Ueno in Tokyo. There were many peony flowers are in full bloom.

 上野東照宮の冬ぼたん苑にいきました。


A winter Peony grden.

東照宮の冬ぼたん苑です。
 
 
We can see 5 storied pagoda alittle bit far in this photo.
 
遠くに五重塔が見えます。
 
 
 
It looks like warm inside the a straw house.
 
藁囲いの中は暖かそうです。
 
 
 
 
Close up.
 
アップです。
 
 
 
Pink flowers.
 
ピンクの花です。
 
 
Close up.
 
アップです。
 
 
Japanese allspice flowers are in full bloom.
 
ソシンロウバイも満開です。
 
 
Close up.
 
アップです。
 
It takes about 30minutes by train from our house.I enjoyed this garden very much.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 















42 comments:

  1. Very beautiful! We love peonies here. They bloom in the spring and are quite large shrubs covered in blooms too. Thanks for sharing your photos!

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    1. Dear Nancy.
      Thank you. These peonies would bloom in Spring usually. horticultural experts would make them to bloom in winter.
      Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

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  2. This makes me dream of spring, Minoru!
    Just beautiful.

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    1. Dear Lisa.
      Thank you very much for your comment. I hope your spring will come earlier than last year.

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  3. Is it winter peony time again? Time passes so quickly. I can never decide what is the prettiest: the winter peonies under the straw protection, or the summer peonies under the paper umbrellas. Thanks for this reminder! I need to walk over there asap! :)

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    1. Dear Rurousha.
      Thank you very much for your comment. There are other spicies which would be called "cold peonies" 寒牡丹。Which would bloom both in spring and in autumn There are no summer peonies in Japan.

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  4. ぼたんは今週末か、次の週末の19・20日あたりが見頃かと思ってましたが、もう綺麗に咲いてますね。びっくりしました。私も週末の3連休に行って見ますが、時間があれば鶴岡八幡宮のぼたん苑(500株)、時間が無ければ歩いていける上野東照宮(600株)に行って見ます。藁囲いにぼたんは絵になりますね。

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    1. 弘世旅空様
       こんばんは。今年も先に行ってしまいました。ご容赦下さい。綺麗に咲いている花は割と少なかったです。
       今年の冬の寒さが影響しているのかと思いました。上野の牡丹、鶴岡八幡宮の牡丹のどちらがアップされるか期待して待ってます。

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  5. They are beautiful, protected by their straw houses.

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    1.  Dear Pat.
      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  6. Are those small hoods put there to protect the flowers from cold? It is very unusual. But i love the photos in your sidebar especially the waterfalls and fall photos.

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    1. Dear Kalantikan.
      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  7. Oh how fabulous to see peonies in bloom in winter! Gorgeous shots.

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    1. Dear Lady Fi.
      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  8. The peonies are stunning, such beauties!

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    1. Dear Gunilla.
      Thank you very much for your comment.
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Such unique displays! You captured the colors beautifully.

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    1. Dear bettyl.
      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  10. These are so beautiful and unique. Thank you so much for participating in Cool Clicks Thursday, I deeply appreciate it.

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    1. Dear Danielle.
      Thank you very much for your comment. Ifeel happy for sharing with you.

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  11. So many lovely treepeonies. It just love the closeup. Have a fine week.

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    1. Dear Ingmarie.
      Thank you very much for your comment.
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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  12. Lovely! I like this strawhouses!

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    1. Dear vincibene.
      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  13. Bear With Me....visiting from Cool Clicks...love the happy flowers♫♪

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    1. Dear Lmkazmierczak.
      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  14. The flowers a re lovely.

    But it sure looked cold. ^^

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    1. Dear lina. Thank you. Yes it is cold. Peonies would bloom in spring. This garden made them to bloom in winter. Poor peonies!

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  15. I have never even heard of a winter peony garden...how very pretty!! I enjoyed seeing your photos.

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    1. Dear Annmarie.
      Thank you. There are a few winter peony gardens in Japan. Peonies would bloom in spring. Gardeners made them bloom in winter.

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  16. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures.
    I do grow peonies in our garden, but they bloom in early summer. As a gardener I am quite surprised to see the efforts made, to let peonies bloom right now.

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    1. Dear guild-rez.
      Thank you very much for your comment. The technics to let peonies bloom in winter developed from a few hundred year ago in Japan.
      It is said gardeners would cover each peony by straw house completely at night.
      Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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  17. 寒ボタンもロウバイももう咲いているんですね!こちらでも咲いているのでしょうか。明日、長谷寺あたりに行ってみようかなと思います。花のさびしい季節に、あざやかで可憐ですね。

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    1.  Dear cosmos.
      こんにちは。お久しぶりです。冬ぼたんは春に咲くぼたんと同じ品種です。これを真冬に咲かせるのですから花にとっては迷惑な事の様です。
       ロウバイはもう多くの所で咲いていると思います。
       今頃の長谷寺は人が少なく楽しんでこれると思います。

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  18. What a lovely garden. Hope you'll find time to visit my Hibiscus.

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    1. Dear Modern Mom.
      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  19. thanx for your beautiful weekend flowers! i love the way they are covered :)

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    1. Dear Tina.
      Thank you very much for your comment.

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  20. 冬牡丹、とてもきれいで写真うつりも抜群ですね。たいていの所では冬牡丹が栽培されていますが奈良県石光寺では、寒牡丹が見られます。葉をださず冬牡丹のような華やかさのない寒牡丹には、寒さの中で自然に花をさかせる凛とした姿に感動します。冬牡丹は温室と冷蔵庫で管理され、冬を春と思い咲いていると聞きました。もし、みのる様が牡丹なら、寒牡丹、冬牡丹、どちらがいいですか?

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    1. Dear stardust.
      こんにちは。寒牡丹をググって見てようやくその意味が分かりました。 素晴らしいです。勿論、寒牡丹の方が遥かに素敵です。
       我々の仲間には園芸種には一切興味ないと言う人もいます。花とは自然に咲くから花なのだという考えです。
       でも私は園芸種を全て否定もしません。  from 実

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  21. Winter peony shown by you is beautiful. You have shown some great flowers

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  22. Dear florist.
    Thank you very much for your comment.

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