Kunieda Rose Garden “Victorian Pink +”

Today, we would like to introduce the rose “Victorian Pink +” cultivated by Kunieda Rose Garden in Shiga Prefecture.

Kunieda Rose Garden is not only a farmer but also a distributor of Dümmen Orange in Japan, and cultivates roses in a place close to the Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan.

The blooming form of this flower is a beautiful rosette type, and as the blooming progresses, the inner petals change its color from beige pink to pale pink. Although its aroma is weak, it blooms slowly, and you can enjoy vase-life for a relatively long time.

Why don’t you use this rose for the May rose season?

Original article written by Mr. Hayashi, translated by Fuchu

Tanashi azalea from Saitama Prefecture


Today we would like to introduce Tanashi azalea (Rhododendron L.) grown by Mr. Shimizu, Hanahan, Saitama Prefecture.

Tanashi azalea, propagated by crossing Rhododendron kaempferi, is named after the growing area of “TANASHI” city, Tokyo (now belongs to Nishi-tokyo City).

Because Tanashi azalea grows slowly, it takes four to five years before the next harvest. And, after harvesting, it needs to be placed in the greenhouse for about one and a half month to make flowers bloom. Due to this time-and-effort-consuming cultivation method, the number of grower is decreasing year by year.

Even under these circumstances, Mr. Shimizu steadily provides Tanashi azaleas in good volume, and from this year he standardizes them by length for easy use to buyers.

The harvesting period will end in the end of April. He also cultivates other cut branches such as cherry blossoms and snowballs (Viburnum opulus Roseum).

Why don’t you use this cut branches for spring flower arrangements?

Original article written by Mr. Ikegami, translated by Fuchu

Flower farm Tsukasa “carnations”

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Flower farm Tsukasa, which we receive flowers from for the third year this season, grows carnations in the mountains of the Izu Inatori district of Shizuoka prefecture. The growing area of 4,630㎡ is at 300m above sea level. The cultivation volume is currently about 600,000 stems with 26 varieties.

The area has an advantage in cultivation of being cool even in summer at high altitude, and that contributes to earlier harvesting than other growers in the southwestern region.

While stable cultivation is getting difficult due to global warming in recent years, Flower farm Tsukasa is trying to avoid bad influences from the climate change by making full use of technology in production. In addition, they are targeting for stable cultivation by working hard day and night so that customers can purchase with confidence.

Why don’t you use flowers from Flower farm Tsukasa, as you can always choose flowers from their well-balanced variations?

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Original article written by Mr. Sano, translated by Fuchu

Rose Fair from Shizuoka Prefectur

Shizuoka Prefecture Rose Fair was held from October 26th.

Approximately 300 varieties of roses cultivated by six production areas in Shizuoka Prefecture were exhibited on the main passage in our market.
And you can find the especially recommended ones in our showcase.

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JA Shizuoka Keizairen Tokyo Office Mr. Muramatsu commented as follows

”Due to the long rainy season and extreme heat this year, the harvesting of autumn roses has been delayed one month or less.
Therefore, we apologize for the inconvenience caused by the unstable supply September and October. However, Full-volume supply will start from November.

The characteristics of roses in Shizuoka Prefecture are the stable supply volume, which comes from the advantage of  joint-selection and joint-sales among all member growers under JA grower’s cooperative, and the diversity in varaiety which can cover for weddings and special retail demand.

Growers Shizuoka Prefecture keep on joining forces in one to meet various demand.
We hope you’ll be looking forward to our roses in this season.”

 

Translated and edited by Y. Fuchu

Halloween fair ☆ 2020

Halloween is predominantly cerebrated in the English-speaking countries. Especially in Ireland, the beginning place of Halloween, the last Monday of October is set as a holiday, and the custom of celebrating Halloween remains in the purest way.

In Japan, the Kiddy Land, the famous toy store in Harajuku, Tokyo began to sell Halloween-related products in the 1970s. And the “Hello Halloween Pumpkin Parade in Harajuku”, which the Kiddy Land planned for sales promotion in 1983, is said to be the first Halloween event in Japan, and at that time about 100 participants dressed themselves in Halloween costumes.

It became widely known in Japan because Tokyo Disneyland cerebrated Halloween in 1997 and Universal Studios Japan also held it in 2002.

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Assortment:Pumpkin, Solanum mammosum,
Miscanthus sinensi, Panicum virgatum, Celosia argentea, etc.

We introduce Halloween-associating pumpkins, berries and flowers coloring fruitful autumn. You can find the wide assortment of pumpkins with different colors, shapes and sizes from palm-size to holding-in-arms-size.

Halloween on October 31st becomes one of the biggest autumn event in Japan.

Although we cannot meet up and hold a big party this year , I hope that you can enjoy your Halloween day at home.

You can enjoy decorating a big pumpkin at home, scattering palm-size pumpkins with seasonal flowers on a table, making a jack-o-lantern with your child, and so on.

This year, we propose ideas of decoration in black and orange as main colors that remind us of witches, together with dried native flowers, and vases decorated with black lace and ribbons in a Gothic & Lolita fashion.

✼✼✼Variety introduction ✼✼✼

Mini pumpkin
Kitasorachi regional union

Puccini
Kitasorachi regional union

Fruits Mix
Kitasorachi regional union

Rouge Vif d’Etampes
Kitasorachi regional union

Autumn orange
Kitasorachi regional union

Fruits Mix
JA Takikawa Ashibetsu

Recommended flowers and berries for Halloween

Solanum mammosum
JA Awa Toyofusa

Chestnut fruit
Isobe Teruko

Gomphocarpus physocarpus
JA Minami Shinsyu

Miscanthus sinensis
Isobe Teruko

Celosia cristata “Sekka” (petrified)
Ono Shigeo

Capsicum annuum “Conical black”
JA Minami Shinsyuu

Capsicum annuum “Conical green”
JA Minami Shinsyu

Iris domestica
JA Minami Shinsyu

Celosia argentea “Roseberry parfait”
JA Minami Shinsyu

It gives an atmosphere by bundling dried native flowers in swags!

Let’s enjoy Halloween with gratitude for the autumn harvest ♪

 

Translated by R.Kato