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Staff Eyes2019/4/3

The Gardener’s View

The Japanese Sweet Flag Blooms

There are plants with long and thin leaves on the edge of the water crossing stones.
Take a close look and you can see something on them just like long, thin baby corn…
Those yellow-green things growing toward the sky are actually flowers.
Several flowers grow together to form a single clump.

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Staff Eyes2019/4/2

The Gardener’s View

Removing the Maple Buds

There were many maple buds sprouting from the gaps in the haircap moss so we picked them one by one with our fingers.

We make sure to pick them early because picking them after they lay down roots leads to the moss being torn out with them.

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Staff Eyes2019/3/25

The Gardener’s View

The Blooming of the Thunberg’s Meadowsweets

The Thunberg’s Meadowsweets already had lots of buds growing on them, and now one by one they are starting to blossom. At full bloom, their wall of hanging branches blossoms with flowers that look just like piled up snow.

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Staff Eyes2019/3/22

The Gardener’s View

Weeping Ferns at Murin-an
On the large Itajii Chinkapin tree near the stone monument erected to commemorate the Meiji emperor’s donation of two pine saplings to Murin-an, there are many weeping ferns growing.

Weeping ferns are aerial plants, which means that they choose to live on trees rather than the ground. Yet on the reverse side of this large tree, they hardly grow at all. Because they prefer areas with lots of sunlight, there is a conspicuous difference between how they grow on the front and back of the tree trunk. They also grow in many other areas of Murin-an, so be sure to look for them around the garden’s different tree trunks and stone lanterns.

During this time of year, there are also many round sporangium growing in rows on the bottom of the weeping fern’s leaves.

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Staff Eyes2019/3/20

The Gardener’s View

The Blooming of the Eurya Japonicas
Here and there in the garden, there are many downward facing Japanese Euryas whose flowers, accompanied by their unique fragrance, are now starting to bloom. This species has both male and female plants and during this season, when their flowers bloom, you can tell them apart by looking at whether or not they have stamens.

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Staff Eyes2019/3/18

The Gardener’s View

The Blooming of the Japanese Star Anises
As one walks along the path toward the three-tiered waterfall, a sekimori (or “barrier-keeper”) stone comes into view. Then, as you raise your eyes, you see all the cream-colored flowers. There are many Japanese star anises blooming here. In Japanese, they are known as “Shikimi.” It is said that one of the meanings behind their Japanese name is “beauty (mi) of the four seasons (shiki),” a reference to how they stay beautiful all year round.

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