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The above flower, and this one, are both Dahlia. I was by there this morning and the owner fellow who is growing these was there working on some other potted stuff. That's close to life size, maybe a little smaller, by a cm or two.
 

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I found this one in our neighbourhood park when I walked the dog this morning. I don't know what it is, and I haven't tinkered with the colours.

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ケイトウ. Or cockscomb in english. I think it's more of a collection of things, more like a genus than a species? Tho it may be like apples--a lot of breadth and variety within the species.
 

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Yes, maybe 20min walk to get there. Went with daughter, son-in-law, and kids, so on that level of easy to get to. They were impressed, and we didn't even get that far in.
 

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Not sure what they are, I found seas of yellow yesterday in the mountains and along the river. My wife promised to check her plant book.

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Towards the summit.

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Looks a lot like ragweed here in the US , made me sneeze looking at it , LOL.
 

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Not sure if it triggers allergies, or if it's considered invasive here, but some reports are that it somehow is not good for some bugs--ants, butterflies.

I'd consider it a weed, tho I guess one person's weed is another's flower.
 

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I have never seen millet looking so towering and majestic before!
 

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The guy who grows this does a lot of different things (his wife is there, too, but only occasionally). He once explained that there were different kinds of キビ, drawing the characters on the ground with a stick. He's one of the friendlier gardeners/farmers around, and once gave me a huge hakusai. He's meticulous to a degree that other gardeners aren't--they way he lays out rows, pulls the dirt up onto negi, covers starts with netting, etc. The millet is certainly done & gone, but he has daikon and broccoli in as of a week or two ago.
 

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Roundabout in Seiseki-Sakuragaoka


While pottering about this morning (it's a truly brilliant day today) we came across the famous roundabout in Seiseki-Sakuragaoka in Tama, Tokyo, along Irohazaka. It is one of the few roundabouts in Tokyo and was featured in the Studio Ghibli movie "Whisper of the Heart" (耳をすませば, Mimi o Sumaseba, 1995).
 

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For the roundabouts in new zealand, it was the cars already in it that had the right of way--is it the same here?

Not much good today. A couple attempts:

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For the roundabouts in new zealand, it was the cars already in it that had the right of way--is it the same here?

Yes, in fact it is. And it was the first time I did a roundabout on the bicycle. :)
 
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