Prima di quella dei ciliegi, in Giappone c'è un'altra fioritura più delicata e discreta, ma altrettanto bella: è quella dei fiori di pruno (ume 梅) 🏵 Come evento culminante dell'ume matsuri, ogni 25 Febbraio a Kyoto si tiene il Baikasai che comprende un "nodate", cioè una cerimonia del te' all'aperto eseguita da maiko e geiko. La location è il santuario Kitano Tenman-gū dove vi consiglio di arrivare presto per accaparrarvi uno dei preziosi biglietti (1500¥) per assistere alla cerimonia. In tantissimi accorrono per osservare la sfilata di geiko, perfette nei loro eleganti kimono e seguige da maiko, più colorate e vistose. Il festival è una splendida occasione per osservare da vicino queste "creature" e sorseggiare una tazza di matcha in una splendida cornice 🏵🏵🏵
In Chinese culture plum blossoms are seen as a symbol of surviving hardship because these delicate flowers bloom in winter, often when there's still snow on the ground. Not everything that looks delicate is weak, I feel like this is a good analogy for life as a spoonie. We seem weak to others but we've actually weathered a lot of winter storms and still manage to bloom. #plumblossom#winter#meihua#梅花#spoonie#spoonielife#chronicillness#flowers#symbolism
Floral Fascination - Chinese Garden of Virtue inspired by the joy I find in Chinese Symbolism......the symbolic linking of the natural character of Plum Blossom, Orchid, Bamboo and Chrysanthemum Flowers to the most virtuous of human values..... how lovely is this concept. 😀😊💗 There is a blog that goes into a little more detail......😊😴😘
⬛ FR ⬛ Les prochains ateliers créatifs à Lille se préparent ✂ En attendant les prototypes, voici ma dernière commande de papiers chez @witchpaper avec la nouvelle collection qui sera à l'honneur lors du programme retour de vacances 😉 Infos et inscriptions sur mon site 👉 www.mezamepapier.fr 👈
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I love the tree outside this window for so many reasons. It was propagated by my dear (late) Dad many years ago. Now it’s enormous and just when winter gets to its gloomiest it bursts into blossom and looks and smells magnificent 🌸🌸🌸and hums with bee - life!! It has recently had Kereru visit to nibble on the blossom!Then in summer there are tonnes of gorgeous plums. So grateful 😊🙏🏻
My Plum is blossoming and so I found this poem to share! As beesattendant to blossom, we come wedded to spring rain and white petals;
soft step among the orchard
the green clover and thick, green grass.
The finger that sows the seed is the root our bodies, taut trunks bear down in earth as seed and fruit then reach upwards again as branches as blossoms unfold; Open up thy hands to receive the gift of this, our Sun and Father.
Slipping into the white blossom the long tongue of the bee reaches to the very roots
touches the seed of rainwater, suckles the petaled sun and gathers nectar on its honeyed tongue to feed. itself, its hive and its young.
Yet the gift is wish less; it is without purpose.
The honey bee pollinates what it does not mean to plant: Apple seeds, bloom in trees, in raindrops, And yes sometimes bees.
Just so do we by our constant care and effort, nurture ourselves The finger that sows the seed is the root and impregnate joys in others' nest unknowing.
At our table As our hands lift food from our plates they fill wooden crates full of apples.
We are the harvest hands who this morning rise to pick the fruit of loving kindness and giving in living generosity, singing at once the selfsame harvest song;
In feeding ourselves we feed others
In feeding others we feed ourselves.
Chan Phap Tue (inspired by the plum blossom festival, spring 2000) Thank you to all you kind gardening & organic & flower lovers, being able to share my gardening photos with such a kind and positive encouraging bunch of people who are complete strangers but so supportive is truly a blessing! #gardeningaustralia#photography#flowers#vegetables#growingvegetables#organic#sustainable#sustainability#growyourown#growyourownfood#organicgardening#organicgarden#flowers#flowerphotography#growingflowers#flower_perfection#native#selfsufficient#homegrown#moonphases#permaculture#permaculturegarden#blossom#blossoms#plumblossom