A Parcel From Kyoto!

Got a rather big parcel from Kyoto a couple of days ago. Actually it’s four parcels taped together:

A Parcel From Kyoto

A Parcel From Kyoto

The contents is not a bear as one of our Facebook fans suggested, although we do quite like bears, we can safely say that we have not investing in one just yet. We have instead invested in four different cultivars of Japanese tea plants!

Four Japanese Tea Plants

Four Japanese Tea Plants

From left to right the cultivars are saemidori, sayamakaori, okumidori, and meiryoku. All labeled up nicely, so we know which one is which.

Very happy to get these! I bet the tea bushes feel very happy too, being in the hands of such amateur tea farmers as us! Anyway, here’s some images of each cultivar. All of them have new spring growth on them.

This is Saemidori which is nice and green and has lovely new growth…

Saemidori Cultivar

Saemidori Cultivar

Saemidori Close-up

Saemidori Close-up

This is Sayamakaori which seems to have very upright new growth…

Sayamakaori Cultivar

Sayamakaori Cultivar

Sayamakaori Close-up

Sayamakaori Close-up

This is Okumidori which is usually a late budding breed (oku breeds are late), but has nice new growth showing anyway…

Okumidori Cultivar

Okumidori Cultivar

Okumidori Close-up

Okumidori Close-up

This is Meiryoku which seems the most unique looking of them all. A hairy bud just showing on the close up image…

Meiryoku Cultivar

Meiryoku Cultivar

Meiryoku Close-up

Meiryoku Close-up

We plan to try to put these in the ground pretty soon and see how they go. If (that’s a big if) successful we might invest in some more cultivars. Perhaps we might even make a little tea for ourselves as long as we don’t cause them to perish before we get the chance to.

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