天皇の退位に伴う憲政史上初めての改元が行われ新元号は「令和(れいわ)」と発表されました。1200年以上前、日本に現存する最古の和歌集「万葉集」の梅の花の歌32首の序文から引用され決められたものです。

「初春例月、気淑風和、梅披鏡前之粉、蘭薫珮後之香」
「時に、初春(しょしゅん)の令月(れいげつ)にして、気淑(よ)く風和(やはら)ぎ、梅は鏡前(きょうぜん)の粉(こ)を披(ひら)き、蘭(らん)は珮後(はいご)の香(かう)を薫(かをら)す」(時は初春の良き月、空気は美しく風も和やかで、梅は鏡前で装うように白く咲き、蘭は身に帯びた香りのように香っている)

ということで。香川県高松市の大名庭園、栗林(りつりん)公園の梅の花を紹介させていただきます。栗林公園の梅は、2月中旬に花の見頃を迎え、6月頃に実がなり梅酒用に収穫されてます。梅の園芸品種は、300種類以上あり、栗林公園には、野梅系が約100本、紅梅系が約20本、豊後系が約50本あります。

Japan Chooses “Reiwa” as Era Name for Next Emperor. The name came from the “Manyoshu” (a national book symbolizing Japan’s rich national culture and long traditions). the name signifies the importance of the country’s culture and the harmony of its citizens. The name evokes “Japan’s long history, rich culture and beautiful nature. We will take over these national characteristics to the next era.”

Japanese Apricot Blossom Varieties
The Japanese Apricot (also known as Plum tree) is of Chinese origin and belongs to the Rosaceae (rose) family, genus prunus. Just before leaves appear on the tree, the fragrant 2-3cm blossoms open and have the harvested to make umeshu (plum wine). In general, there are over 300 types of Japanese apricot trees. In gardening, the types of trees can be grouped into 4 classifications. The classifications yabai and kobai are the trees used primarily for observing the flowers. The third classification, bungo, contains trees used primarily for harvesting the fruit. The trees in Ritsurin Garden are classified in this manner, and there are about 100 trees from the yavai classification, 20 trees from the kobai classification, and about 50 trees from the bungo classification.