Wednesday, February 20, 2013

japanese beautyberry in bloom

The Japanese name of this plant,  murasaki shikibu, is taken from Lady Murasaki, a 10th century lady of the Japanese imperial court, and famous author of The Tale of Genji. The plant represents all the elegance of a lady of the imperial court. It is normally admired for its perfectly round, tiny purple berries, which come at a different stage of its growth.


  1. Debbie - how lovely....both the saga of Lady Murasaki and your wonderful painting!

    My Valentine Card is even more wonderful in person!!!!
    I love it!

    Big Hugs from San Francisco,

    ♥ Robin ♥

  2. This is exquisite and the verse is so apt. Thank you for this beautiful inspiration.

  3. Oh! I used to have beautyberry growing in my garden-- it was lovely. It was very vigorous for a while but then one year it just suddenly vanished. I can't remember if there was some unusual condition that year... but somehow this illustration really captures both its presence & its disappearance for me...

  4. Lovely, Debbie! So soft and calm. And the Scripture from Titus is perfect.