Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, 2017

Yesterday Judy and I revisited the Koishikawa Korakuen Garden in Tokyo in time to see the Spider Lilies (Lycoris radiata) bloom. Tomorrow we fly back to Chicago.

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View From a Kyoto Side Street

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On the Train to Kyoto

View from our window at about 200 mph on the Shinkansen.

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Kanazawa Castle

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Kenrokuen Garden

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Yanaka Cemetery, Tokyo

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White Crane (or Maybe an Egret)

Hunting for a nosh at Hama-Rikyu garden in Tokyo.

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Greetings from Tokyo

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Main gate to Sensoji Temple on a rainy day.

 

Saying Goodbye to the Garden

It’s hard to leave the garden when you’re going away for a long trip. Judy and I are heading to Japan tomorrow and we’ll be staying there for a couple of weeks. (It’s another vacation piggybacked on Judy’s business trip.) I can’t stop thinking of everything I’ll miss while we’re gone.

So I spent much of the weekend inspecting the beds and borders, taking everything in, and fretting about what blooms I may miss while I’m gone. Why don’t you come along while I say goodbye to the garden and all its botanical citizens.

First off, goodbye to the Susans – both Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida) and Brown-Eyed Susan (R. triloba). They’ve both had a pretty good year, and they’ll probably still have a few blooms when we get back.

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A Bird and Pollinator Video Retrospective

Last night I included a video Judy made a couple of years ago in my post. That got me looking at other videos she had made. She had fun making  these videos with her Nikon camera but then stopped, I think she may have been discouraged about getting the kind of quality (focus, etc.) that she wanted.

Actually, I thought they were pretty good. So, I am posting (or reposting) them now, in part ┬ábecause they are worth watching and in part because I’m hoping she’ll go back to doing videos. So here they are.

 

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