2006/04/01

Just Peachy

Even as the apricot trees start to lose their blossoms, other fruit trees start to open theirs. Soon the cherry trees will offer their display of "sakura" and indeed some here in Kashima "City" (sic) are 10% in bloom. The cherry trees have been blooming earlier each year due to global warming, and this year are expected to be about 6 days early on average. While we await their full emergence, peach trees are blossoming.

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One of our camelias with Japanese daphne in the background.

It may still be chilly at night, but our neighborhood is full of spring flowers. There is a small peach orchard just a few hundred meters from the house. It was pruned down to stumps a couple of years ago, and I had assumed would be removed, but new growth has come fast and this year it offers a rich patch of color reminiscent of a painting by Paul Gauguin or a tasty sherbet desert.

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Peach trees add a splash of color. The shed on the right is new and is used by some local pensioners for their hobby/business of making bamboo charcoal.


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The trees have some way to go before full bloom, but already offer a beautiful sight.


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These trees are along one the walks we take with Momo the Wonder Dog. If you didn't already know, Momo is the Japanese word for peach.


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Our own "peach" - Momo, the Wonder Dog

14 comments:

YD said...

among all the peaches, I love the last one the best! Momo my love!

agus said...

Oh wow! What a fitting name. Momo, the peachy pooch...

The Moody Minstrel said...

Let's all sing:

Gonna move to the country,
Gonna eat a lot o' pea-ches...


Hmm...maybe the cherry trees that line the road leading into the Seishin campus will actually bloom right when the new school year starts. How touching!

Momo the Wonder Dog said...

Love to you YD. I send you tail wags, face licks and of course, muddy paw prints.

Pandabonium said...

YD, Momo appears in this post as she looked a few days back while she still had her long winter coat - thus the big "beard". We've since given her a hair cut.

She's been with us almost a year and has turned out to be a pretty clever and sweet doggy.


Agus, maybe I'll call her "peachy pooch" along with "wonder dog". I like that.

Moody - Seishin certainly has a beautiful campus.

It is quite a contrast to the public schools here which tend to look like prison block houses. What's up with that? Someone in the government needs to read The Fountainhead.

codtv - either a narrowly focused public access tv station for one species of fish or one devoted to King Henry's private parts.

Robin said...

The blooming of flowers always brings a wonderful magical feeling.

The anticipation, the wait and finally the burst of colours.. all happen for those who waited patiently.

Flowers and dogs are the same, they are always happy to greet you, no matter how bad your day was.

What breed is Momo? He is a bit too big to be a shitzu. haha

Peace said...

What a lovely scene. The flowers are so beautiful. The sight of flowers can brighten up your day. : )

Momo reminds me of my first dog, Baby - Shih Tzu.

Pandabonium said...

Robin, you are so right about dogs and flowers. Momo was a stray who wandered into our life. The vet thought she was a shih tzu and I think he is right. The breed can be anywhere from about 4 to 7 kg. I weighed her yesterday as I was afraid we were feeding her too many treats (two dried chicken breast strips a day) and she weighed 7.5 kg. So maybe she needs to join Agus on a diet. All the photos of Shih tzu I see look just like her. Also, she is an outdoor dog, so isn't groomed all "foo-foo" like house dogs.

Peace - thanks for coming by again. Yeah, while walking Momo around our neighborhood, the flowers always cheer me up no matter what my mood. "Baby" - sweet name.

Lrong said...

Peaches... dai suki desu... and their flowers too... have you made friends with the owner of the peach orchard?

Pandabonium said...

Lrong, I've never seen anyone at the orchard and there is no house on the property. I love peaches too.

Happysurfer said...

Wow! What a beautiful sight! :D

Hello Momo!

Momo the Wonder Dog said...

Arf! Happysurfer. wagging tail.

FH2O said...

This post is just 'peachy'!

Love it; especially the last pic! ;)

Pandabonium said...

Thanks. The blossoms in the orchard have opened even more and Momo has a new haircut.

In this pic, she was running loose in the yard for a while and I caught her just as she was going to dig a hole. So she gave me the "who, me?" look.