The first place we went was the hometown for both my husband and I. It is a middle-sized city named "Wuxi", and located in Jiangsu province, east of China, about one and half hours drive to one of biggest cities, Shanghai. We have taken kids to visit several local sceneries, which I am sure I will write more in the future posts.
Today, I want to post some pictures I took in one community where my in-laws live. My in-laws live in a condo unit on the fifth floor of a 33 story tall building, which is located in a gated community. Since the only outdoor space is the balcony, my in-laws don't have much plants in their house, but I am very impressed with the landscape in their community.
This community is located at riverside. Willow trees, a very popular tree in this area, were planted along the river side. I just love the weeping effect of the willow trees, especially when they touch the water surface. Until today, I still have a soft spot for the willow trees. Maybe I should try to find a couple of them to grow in my Florida backyard along the river.
Part of of the community fence is made by bamboos. Outside of the fence is decorated by stones and different ground covers. In Florida, stones are very expensive gardening material, but you can see they use them so generously here.
This is the center park of the community. Chinese people, especially for those who have retired, love to do the morning exercise in a park. So this place is naturally becoming a good exercise place for the residents. When I took these pictures in the early morning, I saw lots of people walking their dogs as well.
Not sure what is the name of this flower...Is this some kind of hibiscus? It grows as a small tree (see the right side of the above picture), and can be seen everywhere in this community.
This garden has those typical Southern Chinese garden features: Gazebos, pergola, stones, water, bridges, Koi pond with fish, water lily and lotus flowers.
Golden fish is very often seen in Chinese water garden.
Some plants we also can grow in Florida, and some we can not, like the Japanese maple trees.
Summer is the season for Lotus flowers and water lilies...
Again, we can see the willow trees were planted by the pond.
I can imagine what a pretty scene is when the wisteria climbing on the pegola blooms in spring...
Walking around the community, You can tell that the landscape designer really paid lots of attention to the detail everywhere.
This path is between two buildings, and is created by black bricks and forms fish bone pattern.
Morning glories are climbing on the bamboo fences...
This path is also between the buildings, but this one is paved by pebble stones that create different patterns. Some people love to walking on the pebble stones with bare feet as the exercise because Chinese people believe the foot massage by the stones is good for the health.
This is the entrance of the underground parking garage. Love the usage of the bamboo here...
This is the outdoor parking spot. Isn't it pretty when covered by the grass? It is much easier to the eyes than the plain concrete parking spot.
The landscape also are on different layers. On the middle level deck, can you see a lady in red shirt? She was playing Chinese TaiChi. This is a very popular exercise among the Chinese people.
Hypericum patulum thumb (the one with yellow flowers in the front) is used as border plant.
I don't remember I saw this plant before. Its shape kind of reminds me of the princess flowers (Tibouchina lepidota ) that I lost.
|Hypericum patulum thumb |
Chinese common name: 金丝梅 (Golden thread plum blossom)
Hope you enjoyed this glimpse of the Chinese garden. Although this community garden is not big, it does reflect some Chinese Garden style, and it is a very important part of regular Chinese people's everyday life.
I have taken lots of pictures when visiting different places in China. I will show you more of the China in the future posts after I return to US.
Before that, please enjoy one more auto-scheduled post that will be published a couple of days later...
Have a good week ahead!
~~ Ami posted from China