It’s a special time of year in Japan. The hydrangea are out, signalling the arrival of the rainy season. Parks are full of pinks and blues and whites. People are gathering (in a socially distanced way), enjoying the sights and taking photos.
Social media is awash with these photographs and everyone enjoys the shared experience of admiring the flowers for second time. I count myself amongst these onlookers.
A visit to Hyogo Prefectural Flower Center was an opportunity to enjoy them first-hand. I had hydrangea in my garden back in the UK, although the flowers were never as vibrant, nor were there so many kinds. And this is one of the smaller collections.
For now I’ll enjoy the steady stream of photographs on Twitter. To the uninitiated they might seem repetitive, but to the people who took them – and those of us who appreciate them – the hydrangea is a beautiful flower to enjoy.