|SJG • Pieris or Enkianthus? (for answer read|
the bottom of the post) pic added 4/24
Pieris in Japanese: asebi
Flowering cherry in Japanese: sakura
(Click on the pics to enlarge them)
• Pieris or Enkianthus? When Dewey and I were waiting for our tour-people to arrive from wherever they got stuck last Tuesday, a lady just leaving a garden approached us asking for a name of a particular bush that she saw in bloom on the path to the wisteria trellis; she described it as having pendulous bell-like white flowers and said she looked it up in our plant book but still couldn't locate its name. I'm pretty hopeless with plants so could only offer to take a pic of the shrub, try to find out what it is and post the answer on the blog, but the lady's next statement, that she originally thought the plant has flowers in two different colors, until she looked closer and noticed that the red stuff is not a flower but a new growth, made Dewey cough up the answer: 'very likely Pieris Japonica, which is in bloom now'. I was so happy that the question was answered that I didn't photograph the plant, although did stop to admire it. Just now looked in the plant book and found no pieris in the area...:( but found Enkianthus campalunatus which, if i remember correctly, closely resembles pieris at certain times of the year. So, the jury is still out - I'll go back and photograph the bush before identifying it here, although I suspect it IS enkiantus as the flowers seemed more open, lily-of the valley-like and not closed at the bottom as pieris has...
• Mt. Fuji cherry tree...
|SJG 4/18/11 - Mt. Fuji cherry|
|SJG 4/18/11 • Mt. Fuji cherry|
During that time I really enjoyed tantalizing the first-graders by showing them the European birch tree planted at the same time by princess Michiko, while informing them that prince's tree fell due to the excess of snow a while ago; the story usually produces an excited question from a young mind: 'SO, did you tell the prince?!' Nope, not really, then prince is now an Emperor of Japan and who would like to write this message: DEAR EMPEROR, YOUR TREE IS DEAD! The kids pause and sometimes nod - you can tell they are pondering the dilemma between spilling the beans and being polite... I hope the answer about propagating a has-been tree will provide me with a new way to torment the young minds!
|Bunch of New Yorkers - SJG 4/18/11|
P.S. 4/24/11 - Added (pieris?/enkianthus?) pic above and now consulted the newest edition of the Plant Book (previously looked into the 2008 version) - that area has 5 pieris japonica and 1 enkianthus: now I tend to think this is pieris, but PAGING KATHY L.
P.P.S. 4/25/11 - Kathy L. wrote: 'It is Pieris as the Enkianthus are not in bloom yet'... Well, that settles it, doesn't it? Thank you, Kathy!
鳶が鷹を産む。 • Tonbi(or Tobi) ga taka o umu. • Literally: A kite breeding a hawk. • Meaning: A splendid child born from common parents.