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Thursday, 6 May 2010

藤酔い/ Wisteria: the purple mist









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It's not a question that I'm often asked, but if anyone did ask me what my favourite flowers are, I'd say "cherry blossoms, plum blossoms and wisteria".
I had the impression that wisteria was a rather "Japanesey" flower, but I was pleasantly surprised to find so many wisteria trees in London - especially around Kensington and Chelsea.  Therefore, taking a walk in this area at beginning of May is a great pleasure.

This photo below was taken near High Street Kensington.  The fence around a building block was covered in these lovely purple flowers, giving out a sweet scent.

This was in a quiet residential area.  The street has many magnolia, cherry and lilac trees, and the air is filled with the fresh, sweet smell of flowers.  Even when it is a detour, I love taking this street.  

...And.. what a view...!!

I found this house last year, and have waited a whole year for the season to return.  

I seldom had an occasion to "look up" at hanging wisteria flowers...

Sadly, wisteria doesn't last very long.  I have been waiting for the right weather and the right sun light.. and got these photos.  I hope you can feel my enthusiasm and excitement, and love for the flowers..!

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