Hello! It’s Yuko!
It’s been raining and humid. The rainy season is annoying, but for rice, vegetables and fruits harvested in the fall, the rainy season is an important water for growth. When the rain is less, the yield in autumn also decreases. With that in mind, we must also thank the rain during the rainy season.
“Hydrangea” is a typical flower that heals the mood that tends to be a little negative during the rainy season. Today, I would like to introduce the hydrangea.
What is hydrangea?
Basic knowledge of hydrangea
Hydrangea is called “Ajisai/ あじさい” in Japanese. It’s a deciduous shrub and the origin is Japan, China, Taiwan and North America. The height of the tree is about 1 to 2 m. Pink or blue flowers come in May to July. It is said to be synonymous with the rainy season because it is healthy even when it gets wet in the rain.
In fact, the part that looks like a hydrangea flower is not a petal but a deformed leaf, and because that part is colored, it looks like a petal on the outside. (In this column, it is referred to as “flower” for convenience.)
In addition, it is said that hydrangea should be stopped from being eaten because some varieties are poisonous. (There is no problem with touching.)
The flower language of hydrangea changes depending on the color of the flower.
White is “forgiveness”, blue is “patient love”, and pink is “energetic woman”. Blue hydrangea, which means deep affection, has become a popular gift for Mother’s Day in recent years.
What is the difference in flower color?
The difference in hydrangea flower color is not the difference in varieties.
The flower color changes depending on the nutrients absorbed from the roots. When it is alkaline it changes to pink, and when it is acidic it changes to blue.
Originally, the color of hydrangea is pink, and when the soil is acidic, it combines with the substances in it and changes to blue.
However, even if it is acidic, the amount of substance sucked up by the roots is different, so the color will change slightly even in the same place. Eventually, due to the aging phenomenon of flowers, every flower turns red or pink.
Spot where you can see hydrangea
Mimuroto Temple (Kyoto)
The No.1 hydrangea spot in Kyoto is Mimuroto Temple. 10,000 hydrangeas (50 kinds) are planted, and it is also called “Hydrangea Temple”.
I have been to Mimuroto Temple once, but unfortunately it was not the time for hydrangea.
(So, I enjoyed only the green of the hydrangea tree.) However, there are so many hydrangea trees, so I imagined how beautiful it would be if many hydrangeas bloomed on this tree. Someday, I would like to visit again when the hydrangea is in full bloom.
- Address: 21 Shigatani, Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture
- Worship time: 8:30 to 16:30 * Opening of Hydrangea Garden: June 1st to July 11th, 2021
- Phone number: 0774-21-2067
- Admission fee:
- Normal period [Adult] 500 yen [Child] 300 yen
- Azalea / Hydrangea Garden Opening Period [Adults] 800 yen [Children] 400 yen
- [Train] 20 minutes walk from Keihan Electric Railway Mimuroto Station
- [Bus] 8 minutes walk from the Keihan Electric Railway / JR Uji Station to the Monmae bus stop *For a limited time in June, there is a temporary bus that goes directly from JR Uji Station to Mimuroto Temple via Keihan Uji Station.
- Parking lot: 300 cars available * 500 yen per regular car
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mimurotoji/
Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden
If you want to enjoy hydrangea more easily, please click here. Since it is a botanical garden, you can see many flowers other than hydrangea.
- Address: 4512-150 Kitarokko, Rokkosan-cho, Nada-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo
- Business hours: 10: 00-17: 00 (reception closes at 16:30) * No regular holidays in June 2021
- Phone number: 078-891-1247
- Price: [Adults] 700 yen [Children] 350 yen
- Access: By bus from Hankyu Rokko, JR Rokkomichi, and Hanshin Mikage stations to get Rokko Cable Shita Station. Then by Rokko Cable – Rokko Sanjo Station then by bus Rokko Sanjo. Get off at “Alpine Botanical Garden” and walk for about 1 minute
- Parking lot: Regular car / Weekdays: 500 yen, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: 1,000 yen (June fee), Motorcycle / Free
Enjoy hydrangea in rainy season!
Hydrangea is also planted here and there in the roadside trees of the city. Among Japanese people, the rainy season is so familiar that hydrangea comes to mind immediately.
Hydrangea, which blooms large flowers in beautiful colors in cloudy weather, brightens our feelings.
If you see a hydrangea, please take a closer look.