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Flower Calendar in Kamakura - summer

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The following are the flower calendar in Kamakura:
Note: <xxx> denotes Japanese name, and (xxx) botanical name.

Mid June

??? <Iwatabako> (Conandron ramondioides)
at: Meigetsu-in, Hansobo at Kenchoji, Kosokuji at Juniso, Kaizoji, Zeniarai Benten, Myohoji, Joju-in, Gokurakuji

June to July

Summer camellia <Natsu-tsubaki> (Stewartia pseudo-camellia)
In Japan, Buddhists believe that the Lord Buddha passed away under this tree. Tokeiji, Jochiji, Meigetsu-in, Kosokuji at Hase, Joju-in,

??? <Yamayuri> (Lilium auratum)
at: Kosokuji at Juniso

Lizard's tail <Hangesho> (Saururus chinensis)
at: Kosokuji at Hase

Mid to late June

Evergreen magnolia <Taisanboku> (Magnolia grandiflora)
at: Engakuji, Jokomyoji, Choshoji, Myohoji

Iris or blue flag <Hana-shobu> (Iris laevigata)
at: Tokeiji, Kosokuji at Juniso and Hase, Kaizoji

Hydrangea <Ajisai> (Hydrangea macrophylla)
Hydrangea is loved by Japanese mainly because its flowers are brilliant in the middle of gloomy rainy season. The flowers start to bloom just as the iris flowers begin to wither. The color of a hydrangea flower is influenced by the pH value of the soil and a high acid content will produce a lot of blue, whilealkaline soils will result in a strong reddish tint. Tokeiji, Jochiji, Meigetsu-in, Eishoji, Kaizoji, Myohonji, Joju-in, Kakuonji, Myo-o-in, Zuisenji

Mid July to late August

Balloon flower or Chinese bellflower <Kikyo> (Platycodon grandiflorum)
at: Tokeiji, Jochiji, Zuisenji, Myohoji

Lotus <Hasu> (Nelumbo nucifera)
The flower is an important symbol in the Buddhist tradition. Unlike water lilies, lotus leaves do not float on the surface, but thrust well out of the water, as high as human height. Pink and white flowers can be seen among the big lotus leaves that cover the pond. In full bloom, each flower measures about 20-30 centimeters in diameter, but lasts only four to five days. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Komyoji

Water lily <Suiren> (Nymphaea tetragona)
at: Kenchoji, Kaizoji. Water lily may remind you of Impressionist painter Claude Monet, but both temples here do not have a bridge.

Oleander or rosebay <Kyochikuto> (Nerium indicum)
at: Eishoji, Hongakuji

Rose of Sharon or althea <Mukuge> (Hibiscus syriacus)
National flower of Korea, its flowers continues to blossom for almost three months from July to September. Meigetsu-in, Kosokuji at Juniso

Crinum lily <Hamayu> (Crinum)
at: Sugimoto-dera, Joju-in

Late July to late August

Great trumpet flower <Nozen-kazura> (Campsis chinensis)
at: Hokokuji, Kosokuji at Juniso and Hase, Kaizoji, Myohonji

Mid August to early September

Crepe myrtle or Indian lilac <Sarusuberi> (Lagerstroemia indica)
Japanese name sarusuberi originates from the slippery bark of the tree, meaning even monkeys slip and fall. Tokeiji, Hokaiji, Zuisenji, Jomyoji, Jokomyoji, Hongakuji, Fudarakuji, Hase-dera, Fudarakuji, Gokurakuji, Kaizoji


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