Are you familiar with Hirano Shrine in northwest Kyoto? I've been going there for years since we use Hirano Shrine's parking lot whenever we go to the monthly temple sale at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, right next door. I've always enjoyed Hirano Shrine because of its early blooming plum trees and the lovely park connected to it full of irises, or spider lilies, depending on the time of year. What I did not know until today is that it's one of the top spots for cherry blossom viewing in Kyoto! The season isn't far away! I recommend a visit!
These photos were taken on January 25th at Hirano Shrine. Ah, such a beautiful day! And the temple sale next door did not disappoint!
For more information about the Cherry Blossom Festival at Hirano Shrine: https://en.japantravel.com/kyoto/cherry-blossom-festival-at-hirano-shrine/66567
It's January which means the narcissus are beginning to bloom. I have several in my garden, but it will take another week or two before I see any blooms. Meanwhile, the local shrine has blooms galore! (See below.) What's up with that?!
(By the way, did you know that narcissus belong to the amaryllis family? I did not.)
For most of the fall and December the weather was unusually warm. However, a few days ago things changed. BRRR! So cold! Temperatures here rarely go below 0°C at night and, when they do, they usually return to above zero very quickly. However, not so the past few nights and my plants have been suffering. I've never seen such severe frost damage in all my time here and I am sure I will lose some of them. I'll know in the spring. Thankfully, it's supposed to warm up from tomorrow. Bring it on!
I took this photo at a local shrine at the beginning of the year. Usually there are only one or two blooms this time of year, but this time they were all in full bloom! So cheerful! Although they will have suffered frost damage, I'm confident they will survive the cold to bloom again next year. Three cheers for vigorous plants! \(^.^)/
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