Today is the autumnal equinox, when night and day are roughly equal lengths. I am always inspired by the beautiful changing colours of the Japanese maple leaf (Momiji) as the days become cooler and damp hangs in the air. The maple leaf is steeped in Japanese tradition, with momijigari being a favourite pastime as the leaves start to turn in autumn.
Momijigari is Japanese for ‘red leaves hunting’ and means to visit the trees as they turn in colour from green to a rich palette of reds. The maple leaf is often seen pictured in traditional art forms and paintings. It is one of my favourite plants in the garden, I love the vibrant leaves and the beautiful patterns they create when falling to the floor.