The tour to visit Croatia and Montenegro in 2012
Japan Christmas Rose Society plans and creates the trip to visit the
sight of hellebores in Europe
once in two years.
This year it comes to 6 times, and we visited Republic of Croatia and Montenegro
to inspect H.torquatus , H.multifidus multifidus,and so on.
Japan Christmas Rose Society has been established in 1988 by Mr. Kazuya
Noguchi who is my father having been fascinated with hellebores . And he
desired highly to spread the beauty of this flower all over the Japan.
At that time I was a flight attendant to fly all over the world, and I
didn’t pay attention to his passion to the flower.
Two years ago, He fell illness suddenly just before facing to 5th tour of inspection to Greece and Turkey. Regrettably it was impossible for him to participate in it.
Under the circumstances, a big change that I inherited his nursery “KAGOEN” leaving
the airline company has come.
He had a deep intensity to this tour . It seemed that he often contacted to the overseas
prominent researchers , had careful preparation to see the flower with perfect timing.
I can say he had poured out his energy more than the main business.
It is this tour that I cherish interest in it very much to participate in it.
It is a sales point that we can see the spontaneous figure of hellebores in the sight
It went south from Croatia to the last inspection place Montenegro in moving by bus.
There is nothing , and the karst plateau of limestones continues to anywhere .
(Karst plateau of limestones)
In the meantime, we could see H.torquatus , H.multifidus multifidus, and H.odorus
at the best timing under the good weather.
It is characteristic of H.torquatus Montenegro type that the diameter of
its petal is larger than H.torquatus bosnia type.( Comparison with 2 euro
(H.torquatus Montenegro type)
H.multifidus hercegovinus has leaf with a characteristic sharp intense cut ,but this time
We could see the withered leaf by the side of flowering.
H.odorus is strong species , and it was impressive that they existed lively in the sight in
vivid yellow -green.
It is said that it has greenish scent like grapes of sauvignon blanc
( That’s my personal opinion) but ,in fact it seemed that most of it didn’t
have any scent.
It is different from hybrid, species carries out certainly same expression. But, a certain
species of H.odorus existed with the figure of picotee.
When I asked Mr. Matthias Thomsen who is global authority of hellebores,
to the sight in this tour about it , he answered that it must have been hybridized
by the wind with pollination , and happened to appear because the sight
is spread at15K point.
If such an individual comes into a group , and is subdivided with other kinds after
researching progresses, it will may be discovered as a new species in the feature.
In this way , we could see the species which bloomed on the sight in best timing through
Mr. Yokoyama who is one of the director of the society, and knows well the sights .
And above all, thanks to the guidance of Matthias Thomsen , everything was smooth to
He has made field work in research of hellebores for 18years , and he has
discovered H.liguricus and H.aburzzicus.
Mr. Matthias Thomsen accompanied us to the sight with instruction ,and
also he held a special unexpected lecture meeting at the hotel we stayed.
(Special lecture by Mr. Matthias Thomsen)
Isn’t no one but any Japan Christmas Rose Society?
We don’t visit only the sight , but also the world heritage and sightseeing
It is consisted contents that we are fully satisfied with.
And in a trip, there is also greatly pleasure which we have the tasty local dish.
(Tasty local dish)
Although all of three meals ware attached, every dish was very delicious without exception.
For an important element of the travel , it is Good weather, Good food, and Good company.
And this time, we had three elements on our side.
The participants were 16 people, and they were so powerful. People who love flower
must get good energy from plants.
And Ms. Tatsuta of JTB guide and Ms. Chinatsu of local guide worked with special care,
so the tour was smooth and pleasant.
We appreciate it from the bottom of my heart, we would like to ask them
to accompany us
for the next tour too .
It seems that the travel two years after is also being planned.
I wish to join in the tour in arranging ordinary matters, and meet lovely hellebores in the sight.