Summer is just around the corner and it is a season in which many colorful and beautiful flowers come into bloom. Hydrangea announces the arrival of summer and normally is in bloom from early June to mid-July, a time that also is known as the rainy season. Kamakura and Hakone are both famous for their hydrangea.
Irises are another popular summer flower and there are three types that grow in the wild. Their colors are brilliant, bright purples and reds. These are cultivated in Kumamoto and Tokyo. In the old days it was believed that this flower could protect you from negative energies. For that reason, it was used in kimono designs in order to ward off evil.
Roses are another popular summer flower and come in all sorts of colors. “It is a common culture in Japan to use flowers to give indirect messages to another person and this is known as the hanakotoba (or language of flowers). Red roses or the benibara is known to symbolize love. It is the kind of flower which is given romantically to another person. White roses are known to mean innocence and silence. These are usually offered in temples as a sign of devotion and faith. Yellow roses, or Kiirobara, interestingly mean jealousy. However, in other cultures, this means friendship and are usually given to another person without any romantic meanings. Then, pink roses or momoirobara symbolizes trust, confidence and even happiness. It can also be given romantically to another person signifying a strong and lasting relationship.”
The morning glory is a summer flower, but it is more of a household plant. They seem to be most prevalent in July and August. Historically they were used as ornamental plants at home which could be enjoyed during morning tea.
Lavender is famous for its fragrance and lovely color. It is also said to be a good mosquito repellant. The largest field of lavender is in the Furano Flower Fields in Hokkaido. There are other types of flowers here too and in July many tourists visit in order to take long walks among the many fields of different types of flowers.