Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’


Why are small white flowers so hard to get into focus especially when you don’t have an SLR camera?

My Prunus incisa ‘Kojo-no-mai’ has just broken into flower and it has really lifted the garden. Until now this year all the colour in the garden has been low down: snowdrops, primroses, daffodils and hellebores but now the Kojo-no-mai is in flower everything seems more balanced.

I didn’t realise when I bought this shrub about 5 years ago what a fabulous plant it was.  I hadn’t really got as obsessive about gardening as I am now and was just after a couple of shrubs and this was in the local garden centre and was a reasonable price.  However, I think I got  bargain!!  The shrub is quite slow-growing and has a nice shape to it.  As well as the beautiful flowers it has opening on it at the moment come the autumn the leaves turn a fiery red which is very welcome in my garden at that time of the year.

I can see it clearly from my living room window as the sun sets and the white flowers are really glimmering in the dusk along with the fading snowdrops – lovely! The flowering of the Kojo-no-mai means that any day now there will be lots more colour as other shrubs burst into life – I can’t wait

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Liz says:

    Hi Helen,

    I too love this shrub, with its profusion of blooms!

    Mine was recently killed by workmen, so I need to buy another 😦 It was just coming into bloom too… Grrrr

  2. I got a Prunus nigra, for the dark leaves, for The Dark Side in the And Roses garden. The little barely pink flowers on bare stems were a delightful unexpected bonus!

  3. Anna says:

    A beauty which your photo does justice to Helen ~ mine alas has departed this world some time ago. I should have planted in the ground rather than a pot. Its name translated from the Japanese is something like ‘flight of the butterflies’ which suits it down to the ground.

  4. I think that is a rather lovely photo of a rather lovely plant – and you are right, it is very difficult to do it justice. Mine is currently growing in a pot, having been rescued from a small bed out the front where it got driven over several times. Its much happier now…

  5. Helen, you’ve captured the purity of ‘Dance of the Butterflies’ Japanese prunus even without an SLR camera (had to look up what that meant – both shrub and camera!) . A very apt posting too given the catastrophe happening there.

  6. kate says:

    What a real beauty that is. Gorgeous. Mmm.

    (And the picture works, despite the difficulty you had – with you on that one – I’ve just taken my 56th shot of a double camellia, and still dire.)

  7. ronniejt28 says:

    I love bargain plants that become such good value year after year. Its a lovely photo, like Laura I had to look up SLR. I think your pics are great.

  8. I utterly adore this little treasure and have it crammed against an old well, on our terrace. Heaven in spring, but also superb every autumn and the PG and I both adore the zigzaggy winter outline.

    Lovely picture and pin, pin sharp. The problem with focus is probably that your metering is very central and the flower’s a small target. You can always line up the flower to the exact central point, take your shutter to ‘first pressure’ to fix the focus, then re-compose your pic slightly, before pressing it all the way. But no doubt I’m telling my granny to suck eggs. Not that I’d suggest, even for a minute, that you’re my granny!

  9. Laura says:

    Hi there, i was wondering if you might be able to help me? I’m helping a friend who wants to kojo-no-mai dotted around her wedding reception on the 30th March. I was just wondering how long your Kojo usually flowers for? Are they likely to be in bloom for the 30th? Thanks so much

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Laura
      Its difficult to say as you need to factor in location and weather. I’m in the West Midlands and I have had it flowering early April but I wouldnt want to guarantee it

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