Monday, March 13, 2006

spring flowers from my garden

Here are some shots from our garden. Japan is now enjoying gentle and warm spring. The season is a blooming season of flowers. You can enjoy sweet smell when you walk on the street.

UME flowers in our garden is now having its best time with so many pretty flowers.
In June, we'll make UME liqueur to enjoy the UME fruits. Oh, and UMEBOSHI, sour ume pickles!! You need this to make a good Onigiri (triangled shape rice ball)!! I love spring. I feel so freshed and new!


Gina said...

Absolutely gorgeous! And your description is wonderful.

natacha matic said...

Oh my god! so delicate and beautiful... I must come one day to visit your garden ;)

renee said...

how beautiful!!!

mi2 in CA said...

The pictures are amazing! I missed these Asian flowers. Wish I could smell them!

madhatter said...

your flower photos are beautiful - like always!
i wish i could try some of those pickles, i´m always curious on tasty things ;)

tasha said...

really beautiful, kumi!

*Kumi said...

Hey Gina.
Thank you for your words.
I love taking the photos of beautiful flowers!

*Kumi said...

Bonjour Natacha.
You're always welcomed to visit us!!
Spring is the best season to visit Japan!

*Kumi said...

Hi Renee.

*Kumi said...

Hi Mimie.
The smell is so gentle and sweet!
I know you miss this kinda thing.

*Kumi said...

Hi Madhatter.
Do you have this kind of tree in Germany, too?
Those pickls are really tasty!
You have to try it once!!

*Kumi said...

Hi Tasha.
Thank you :D

madhatter said...

indeed i think you can plant it here, but i don´t know if it stands the hard winter?
i´ll have to watch for it in my local garden-shop.
my yard isn´t ready yet, half of it is still undone. maybe i should give it a try... :)
keep on photographing those lovely flowers!

ismoyo said...

Thanks for sharing those pictures! Those flowers are wonderful.

I remember, when i was in Indonesia (where my mom was born), walking outside and having that sweet smell of springflowers all around you.

I'm jealous, you have that sweetness right in your backyard!

Handmade Girl said...

I want to live in Japan! Your pictures make it seem TOO beautiful!

*Kumi said...

Hi Katrin.
I work for a German company in Tokyo and I visit our headquarters once in a while. I know how cold the winter is in Germany.
I guess Ume is strong enough, though.
I'm happy to hear that you're enjoying my photos of flowers.

*Kumi said...

Hi ismoyo.

I've been to Indonesia more than 5 times so I know what you meant about walking around in the spring season.
The islands are so rich with beautiful flowers!!

*Kumi said...

Hi handmade girl.
Yes, you should vist Japan at least once!!
It's so much different from the US!

Wishing on Clovers said...

Wow! This are wonderful, so pretty!

Kathleen Marie said...

You have great photos here! The florals are just beautiful. :)

Happy Spring to you!

*Kumi said...

Hi, wishing on clovers.
Glad to have you here, and thanks for your first comment.
I love springs, and I LOVE flowers.

*Kumi said...

Hi Kathleen Marie.
When I was living in Lake Mary, FL, I missed Japanese spring so mcuh.
It's so beautiful here!!

Enjoy the beauty of spring!

anne said...

Hi Jade - I found your blog through my friend Joyce. Very nice pictures and I looooove umeboshi. It's all I craved when I was pregnant and my sodium was probably through the roof!

*Kumi said...

Hi Anne.
Glad to have you here, and thanks for your visit via Joyce's.
Oh, you love Umeboshi?
It's quite a surprising to hear.
Most non-Japanese hate it as it's so sour!!
When I was a kid, I didn't like it at all.
But now I'm a big grown-up(!) and love it a lot!!
We'll make our own Umeboshi out of those beautiful Ume!!
I'll post when we're ready to make them!

anne said...

Kumi! I MEANT Kumi. I got thrown off by your daughter's name Jade. :)

I can't wait to see how you make the umeboshi. I know what you mean, I think I am the only non-Japanese person I know that likes them.

*Kumi said...

Hi Anne.
Don't worry about the name thing!
Sure, I'll post how to make Umeboshi and Ume-shu!!
It'll be in June/July!