one of the four noble plants – orchids, 花中四君子之一 – 蘭

“芝蘭生幽谷,不以無人而不芳, 君子修道立德,不為窮困而改節。” – 《孔子家語》, 中國文化先師孔子 (551–479 BC) (蘭花生長在深谷中,不因爲沒有人來就不散發香氣;君子修身養性,不因爲窮困而輕易改變人格和志向。) “An orchid in a deep forest releases its fragrance even if no one is around to appreciate it. Likewise, men of noble character hold firm to their integrity, undeterred by poverty.” – Confucius (551–479 BC)

night jasmine 夜來香

I spotted the little yellow flowers with beautiful scent in dad’s container garden the other day and I immediately knelt down, dug through the vines to get a better look at them and spent some time trying to get a good shot of the blooms before I asked what it was. Dad said, “This is…