BloomingsSunday, January 30, 2011
The Year of the Rabbit is just around the corner! Very soon it will be a week of feasting and good break from my normal schedule.
But right now, some the flowers in my garden seem to remind me of things that I need to get! Orange Hibiscus flowers made me think of mandarin oranges. They are juicy and good to have after munching loads of crunchy cookies.
Meanwhile these returning red Verbena blooms have so few flowers and leaves. Hopefully my pocket would not be like that after I have put some money into the angpow packets to be given away... hehe.
Notice the yellow Nong Nooch flowers draping next the bunch of blue Thunbergia flowers in the pic below? Their yellowish golden look reminds me of gold nuggets... haha, I am a dreamer for everything that glitters :-D
Hmmm... I'm suddenly inspired to wear a gold bracelet :-)
Oh, here are the sweet fragrance of Narcissus and Hyacinth. Well, for the Hyacinth, I have to put the flowers close to my nose to be able to have a sniff of the scent. Nonetheless, they remind me of the good hospitality of my in-laws... they not only cook well, they are my gardening sifus (teachers).
This link provides information on Chinese New Year. Have fun reading :-D
Mandarin orange is called kam in Cantonese, a homophone of 'luck' and 'fortune'. Red packets or lai see (in Cantonese) is passed out from married couples or the elderly to unmarried juniors. Elderly also gives red packets to those younger. Gold meanwhile is another symbol of good fortune during Chinese New Year.
And getting flowers to add to the decor of one's home is one of the common practices. Some people say that if your Narcissus blooms on Chinese New Year, you will prosper throughout the year... haha.
To all my Asian friends, enjoy the holiday and to my Chinese friends, blessed Chinese New Year!