Today, February 3rd, is the Chinese New Year Day according to the lunar calendar. It is the Year of the Rabbit. If you were born in 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987 and 1999, you could be a "Rabbit".
The new year day of the last year, the Year of the Tiger was coincident with the Valentine's Day, I did a post about the auspicious plants used in China for new year celebration here.
This year, my parents are here with me and my family. Last time we spent the Chinese New Year together was eight years ago when they were also visiting us in the States. I treasure the time we have with them, and I know it is very precious since kids still have the school around Chinese New Year, and we usually can not go back to China to visit them this time of the year.
I thought it would be nice to share the joy with my friends using the flowers from my garden. What else could be more appropriate for a gardener to express her happiness?
This Vanda is the Christmas Gift I received from my family. It was the last to bloom, and it is so worth the waiting! Although it is not as sky-blue as described by the seller, I love it!
|Vanda Sawita 'blue'|
I transplanted this begonia from the container to the ground after they were done flowering, and now they are taking off again, with more prolific blooming! The nice scent it sends out in the morning is another bonus.
|Begonia Odorata Var. Alba|
My Pink Angel's trumpet (Brugmansia) has been putting on her best show ever since I stuck a cutting into the ground last summer. Their nice scent fills the night air so delightfully.
This blue Butterfly (Clerodendrum ugandense) plant in the container has been opening more flowers recently. I really need to find a spot in the ground for her. They do look like butterflies!
Oh, I think every Florida Garden should plant this Indian Blanket Flower (Gaillardia pulchella). I started them from seeds, and once they were established, they just could not stop flowering. Drought/heat/cold tolerant, beautiful flowers, what else you can ask for a plant?
This cape honeysuckle was a newly acquired plant. I just can not resist its brilliant red/orange flowers when I first spotted it in a local nursery. Now I have done some research, it seems this could grow quite big if left unprunned. Or I am hoping its cultivar is 'Apricot', a smaller and more compact one than the one with yellow flowers ('Aurea' ). Anybody has experience to grow this honeysuckle?
Common Name: cape honeysuckle
Happy Chinese New Year to anybody who celebrates it! For the rest of you, hope you enjoyed the flowers from my winter Florida Garden!