This is Page 1 of 1 - the best of February 2012!
posted: February 29th, 2012

This page begins with February 5th and a trip to Jindai Botanical Garden on our bicycles. Then we jump to February 12th and a trip to Nogawa Park on our bicycles. After that there is nothing else! I caught a bad cold, which kept us at home for one weekend, and then it rained the following weekend, which also kept us at home. Click on any thumbnail to begin.

Begin February 5th
  On February 5th Kazuya and I went to Jindai Botanical Garden to check on the progress of early spring flowers. One thing we very much expected to see was the first of the Plum Blossoms. In most years the first of the Plum Blossoms occur in the later part of January. We know that this is a cold winter and that everything is late, but we were not prepared for what we found at the Plum Garden at Jindai Botanical Garden! We found less than 5 Plum Blossoms open! Therefore, there are no photos of Plum Blossoms from this date. What you see here, in first position is Setsubunsou in Japanese, Shibateranthis pinnatifida in Latin. In most years we show you the first of this flower with the late January photos too, not this year though. In addition, this one is in a flower pot. The 2nd and 3rd shots are a River Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis, waiting for a small fish or freshwater shrimp to come by.

  Here are 3 more shots of the River Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis).

  Here are 2 shots of a cormorant that was sitting there and the 3rd shot is a shot of Sasa veitchii var. veitchii - what we call bamboo grass.

  Here is another shot of Sasa veitchii var. veitchii (bamboo grass) followed by a shot of Pampas Grass Cortaderia solloana and then a shot of one flower of Adonis amurensis. In most years this flower is becoming rather common by this date in February - this year this single flower was all we found of it.

  The Roubai (Chimonanthus praecox f. concolor) was in bloom, but the majority of the flowers were damaged by frost. Here are a very few flowers which are not showing frost damage.

  The Hamamalis sp. was just barely starting to bloom - as you can see in these 2 shots. And, that's all we found on February 5th.
End February 5th, Begin February 12th
  Now it's February 12th and we took a bicycle ride to Nogawa Park to again check on the progress of early spring flowers. As you can see, we DID find Shibateranthis pinnatifida (Setsubunsou in Japanese) in the wild (as opposed to growing in a pot as in Row #1). We also found one small clump of Adonis amurensis in bloom. The single Plum tree growing in the wild plants area of Nogawa Park still had no flowers!
End February 12th, End Page 1, End February 2012's Photos
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