We got a surprise today...the shobu (irises) are in bloom!!!! And, they were AAAHHH-MAZING!!! (Dave...this is the area where the moat used to be, just before you get to the area where we saw the amazingly tiny hummingbird).
On the other side of the bridge was more irises. There's also a huge wall of ajisai (hydrangeas). I bet in about a week or so this area will look, and smell, heavenly!!!
The last time we were here I had my camera on the wrong settings. This time, I made sure everything was correct before getting out of the car. The gray sky doesn't look all that great, but at least the castle isn't washed out this time.