We have a miniature apple tree on our balcony, about a meter and a half high and probably about ten years old, that prolifically blossoms in spring, fragrant and white, and prolifically bears fruit in autumn: tiny cherry-sized red apples that the birds eat.
|Apple blossom in fall, Tokyo.|
The disconnect between the fragrant, dazzling freshness of the buds and blossoms on one hand and the haggard leaves and half bare branches on the other is striking.
We wondered if it were because autumn this year was warmer than usual, but a look at the Japan Meteorological Office website shows that while the average daily temperature for the first eleven days of November 2013 was 15.7 degrees Celsius (60 F), this year the average daily temperature for the 1st to 11th of November, was 16.6 degrees Celsius (62 F) -- a mere degree or so higher, but enough to trick a tree into thinking spring has returned?
Whatever the (mysterious) reason, the apple blossom is still in bloom after four or five days, and with at least a couple of buds promising several days more of it. How poetic if it lasted long enough to be matched by equally dazzling flakes of early winter snow!
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