The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Gardening in Japan, 1912
Chapter: Chapter 11. Garden Vegetation

Plum and Cherry planting poem

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Another writer discourses on the fancy for, planting Plum and Cherry trees in front of a guest's chamber, a custom said to have originated as a token of hospitality. A verse in an ancient collection of poems, called Tsurezure-gusa, runs:� "On a lovely day in spring-time, it is hard to pass by a garden resplendent with blossoming trees; we are unconsciously constrained to enter, though uninvited!" A similar sentiment, attributed to a Chinese poet, forbids the owner of fine flowering trees to close his gates to the passer-by.