Big-Bloom Callistephus from Mitoyo

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Today we would like to offer Big-Bloom Callistephus from Mitoyo Eino Center in Kagawa prefecture.

We have been receiving their Callistephus since the beginning of May just as any other year.  In Mitoyo there are five of the growers that grow big-bloom types, and fifteen in total including the ones that grow other types such as “Macaron” and “Arrange Star”. All of the fifteen growers are dedicated to supply us Callistephus almost all year around.

Among the big-bloom types, the leading variety is “Mash Salmon” and other trial varieties like blue ones have also been supplied during this year. The growers are ‘relaying’ the production in order to supply them constantly till around the end of October.

Since big-bloom types of Callistephus tend to overly open from the center of their flower (which degrades the quality), the growers at Mitoyo Eino Center make special treatments depending on the season and whether they are spray or standard. We would appreciate it if you make a good use of this well-cared flower.

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Original article written by Mr. Mieda,
Translated by S. Yamamoto

Gloriosa lily from Misato

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Today we are offering Misato Gloriosa from the growers cooperative of JA Kochi-city.

In Misato area, there are thirty-five growers shipping Gloriosa and their “Southern Wind” is a big hit internationally.

Lately they have also been yielding other varieties in different colors besides yellow, as in Pink, Green, and Cream which are yet to be named. They are still in the experimental stage so the amount is limited at the moment, but it is going to increase from now on.

Please consider taking these new varieties.

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Original article written by Mr. Watanabe,
Translated and edited by S. Yamamoto

Sandersonia from JA Maruasa Engei

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Today we would like to recommend Sandersonia aurantiaca grown by Chiba grower’s cooperative of JA Maruasa Engei.

Sandersonia aurantiaca belongs to the genus of Sandersonia, in Colchicaceae, which is one of Liliales families, and is the only species in this genus (which is not really common). This flower was first discovered in South Africa back in 1850 and has arrived in Japan for the first time in 1970. The origin of the name “Sandersonia” is said to be in several ways but possibly it derives from the discoverer’s name, “Jon Sanderson.” One of the characteristics of this flower, is that the leaves have cute “tendrils” curling up from the top.

JA Maruasa Engei grows Sandersonia aurantiaca‘s bulbs too and it takes growers about three years to ship a flower from growing a bulb. We have been constantly receiving the flowers from them, and it is going to be the peak of their season so the supply will be stable until the end of May.

Please kindly make a good use of this seasonable item.

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Original article written by Mr. Tada,
Translated by S. Yamamoto.

Coming new era “Reiwa”

On Monday, the Japanese government revealed that the name of Japan’s new era starting on May 1st will be “Reiwa (令和).”

This name is cited from the poetry in “Man’yoshu“, which is the oldest existing edited collection of Japanese poetry and this particular poetry brings up plum blossoms saying:
“Shojun wa Rei-getsu nishite, ki yoku kaze *yawaragi, “ume (plum) no hana (blossom)“, wa kyozen no ko wo hiraki ran wa haigo no ko wo kaorasu.”
*the Kanji character of “yawaragi” reads “wa” in another way.

The meaning of this poetry is, “In the refreshing wind which softly breezes in the harmonious month at the beginning of spring, plum blossoms are beautifully blooming as if a beautiful woman is putting a face powder on in front of a mirror, while the feast is surrounded with the fragrance like a scent bag that noble people put on.”

Our prime minister Shinzo Abe, has talked about the meaning behind this word for the coming new era:
“Just as plum blossoms that bloom brilliantly as a sign of spring, everyone can bloom with a hope for tomorrow. That’s what we wish for Japan to be, and that’s why we have chosen this word.”

He also appeared on the NHK evening news on Monday, when he explained the importance of Japanese traditions and spirit along with Japanese blossoms and culture.

 

Plum blossoms, which appeared in the poetry from which “Reiwa” is cited, have the most wonderful scent among all kinds of Rosaceae family plants including fruits, cherry blossoms, apples, pears and even almonds. This is one of the first scent that tells people “Spring is coming.”

Regarding the scent bag which also appeared in this poetry, it is a bag stuffed with Santalum album or Eupatorium japonicum. Even since 7~8C, these kinds of plants have been attracting people in this country.

 

The “Man’yoshu” includes not only Eupatorium japonicum, but also Japan’s seven flowers of spring such as Dianthus and Patrinia scabiosifolia. This shows the culture of enjoying flowers to compose a poetry originates from this collection.

Now, the flower industry is going towards the big annual event, Mother’s Day, when Dianthus like Carnation gets so popular. There may be some opportunities to advertise Dianthus with this new era’s meaning.

After the announcement of the new era’s name, a lot of “Reiwa” phenomena have been seen such as the special edition of newspapers is selling at a high price, or the made up character “Reiwa-chan” has been viral on twitter.

It is needless to say that “Man’yoshu” has suddenly got so popular that many are being sold out, but we hope flowers in that collection also attract people’s attention and hence Japan will be cheered up by beautiful flowers with a lot of flower lovers.

 

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Original article written by Mr. Murata,
Translated by S. Yamamoto

Flowers from Oita

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Promoter: JA ZEN-NOH OITA

Grower:
Cooperatives of JA Oita Bungo-ono, JA Oita Bungo-takada, JA Oita Saiki-honan-ume, JA Oita Nambu-saiki, JA Oita Tobu-yamaga, JA Oita Tobu-kitsuki, JA Oita Hohi-taketa, JA Kusu-kokonoe (Lisianthus), and JA Kusu-kokonoe (Marchen Rose)

Item:
Lathyrus odoratus (Sweet Pea), Chrysanthemum, Eustoma grandiflorum (Lisianthus), Rosa, Ranunculus, Gypsophila, Limonium HB

 

We displayed the flowers acknowledged as “The Oita”

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  • 190218C107
  • 190218C108
  • 190218C104
  • 190218C106

Oita prefecture is blessed with amazing nature. The altitude varies from 0 meters to 1,000 meters depending on the area, that is why unique high-quality flowers are grown throughout a year in each climate.

 

-Sweet Pea-

【Growers】
BUNGO-ONO = JA Oita Bungo-Ono
SAIKI-HONAN = JA Oita Saiki-honan-ume
BUNGO-TAKADA = JA Oita Bungo-takada

  • 190218C174Royal Crimson
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C176Scarlet
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C178Blue Engel
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C180Neo Grace
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C182Lavender
    BUNGO-TAKADA

 

  • 190218C184Fujika
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C186Catherine
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C188Diana
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C190Salmon Pink
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C192Little Princes
    BUNGO-ONO

 

  • 190218C194Diana
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C196Fairly Pink
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C198Crystal White
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C200First Lady
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C202Stella
    BUNGO-ONO

 

  • 190218C204Light Brown
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C206Brown
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C208Heart Orange
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C210Orange
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C212Orange
    BUNGO-TAKADA

 

  • 190218C214Yellow
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C216Yellow
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C218Maccha
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C220Fresh Apple
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C222Soft Blue
    SAIKI-HONAN

 

  • 190218C224Bordeaux
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C226Milky
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C228Heart
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C230Kiss Me
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C232Madonna
    SAIKI-HONAN

 

  • 190218C234Momoko
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C236Sakura
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C238Grace
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C240Celeste
    BUNGO-ONO
  • 190218C242Monet
    SAIKI-HONAN

 

  • 190218C244Fujika
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C246Antique
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C248Dark Blue
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C250Murasaki Shibori
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C252Navy
    BUNGO-ONO

 

  • 190218C254Navy Blue
    SAIKI-HONAN
  • 190218C256Royal Queen
    BUNGO-TAKADA
  • 190218C258Mulberry
    BUNGO-TAKADA

 

-Ranunculus ✤ JA Oita Tobu-yamaga-

  • 190218C114Mango
    (Trial, Provisional name)
  • 190218C116Orange
    (Trial, Provisional name)
  • 190218C118Dione
  • 190218C120Ninos
  • 190218C122Beige
    (Trial, Provisional name)

 

  • 190218C124Kasumi
    (Trial, Provisional name)
  • 190218C126Castalia
  • 190218C128Pasteria
  • 190218C130Tiva
  • 190218C132Dodona

 

  • 190218C134Musa
  • 190218C136Elice
  • 190218C138Aura
  • 190218C140Ariadne
  • 190218C142White Lithai
    (Trial, Provisional name)

 

  • 190218C144Semiramis
  • 190218C146Lithai
  • 190218C148Lemon
    (Trial, Provisional name)
  • 190218C152Satyros

 

Lisianthus-

  • 190218C110Voyage Blue
    JA Kusu-kokonoe
  • 190218C112Celeb Orchid
    JA Kusu-kokonoe
  • 190218C154Celeb Yellow
    JA Oita Hohi-taketa
  • 190218C156Amore White
    JA Oita Hohi-taketa
  • 190218C158Bon Voyage White
    JA Oita Hohi-taketa

 

-Rosa ✤ Marchen Rose-

  • 190218C162Sans Adieu!
  • 190218C164M-Vintage Sweets
  • 190218C166Pink Smoothie!
  • 190218C168M-Bridal Red
  • 190218C170M-Gretel

 

-Others-

  • 190218C160 Limonium HB
    Blue Wave
    JA Oita Tobu-kitsuki
  • 190218C172Gyosophila
    Altair
    JA Oita Tobu-kitsuki
  • 190218C100Chrysanthemum (White)
    Jimba
    JA Oita Nambu-saiki
  • 190218C102Chrysanthemum (Yellow)
    Seiko Kogyoku
    JA Oita Nambu-saiki

 

Chrysal professional 2 is given to the water of displayed items.

 

Translated by S. Yamamoto