what would life be without flowers?

“Just living is not enough,” said the butterfly, “one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” — Hans Christian Andersen (1805 – 1875, Danish author, best remembered for his fairy tales) “Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.” — Luther Burbank (1849 – 1926,…

orchids, raindrops and gentle breeze

My love of orchids is a well know fact among my friends. I love these extraordinary flora for their beauty, elegance, nobility and fragrance just to name a few.  I find them more captivating than ever when they have raindrops on their petals after the rain and in an environment enhanced by cooler and fresher…

shall we dance?

The Oncidium orchids are referred to as the dancing ladies because of their flared lips that look like flounced dancing gowns. How beautiful they are when they dance gracefully in the wind in their yellow skirt… Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair… — Susan Polis Schutz, American poet Dance…

chartreuse

I learned a new word today — chartreuse (/ʃɑːˈtrɜːz/, UK version), a colour halfway between green and yellow. When I looked at the pictures of the dendrobium orchids with purple lip that I took at dad’s garden some time ago, I knew I just couldn’t call them yellow orchids because the shade of yellow does…

rare oncidium

I find Oncidium very delightful. Their ruffled yellow lip really do make them look like ladies in full dancing skirts and they are really pleasing to the eyes. In the past few weeks I spotted two pots of very unusual Oncidium, one in dad’s small orchid garden and one at friend David’s. From dad’s garden:…

dancing and praising

What a Monday! Amidst the numerous operational challenges at work we experienced a 5-hour blackout in the city this afternoon and it was absolutely horrendous when you run a hotel. On my way home after work, the post-blackout traffic was almost pushing me to the limit and I was just glad that I made it…

elegant beauties 幽蘭飄香

我愛蘭花高潔典雅的形態,飄逸秀柔的風姿,端庄脫俗的氣質,剛柔相濟的品格和“在幽林亦自香”的美德。 張學良的《詠蘭詩》令我陶醉。。。 《詠蘭詩》 — 張學良 芳名譽四海,落戶到萬家。 葉立含正氣,花妍不浮華。 常綠鬥嚴寒,含笑度盛夏。 花中真君子,風姿寄高雅。 My favourite flower is the orchid, all varieties, shapes and sizes I love them all! I love them for their beauty, elegance, fragrance and uniqueness and I think they truly are one of God’s wondrous creations! In the Chinese culture orchid is one of the Four…

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)