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2012年6月20日 星期三

Gone are the Roses

After a delicious lunch with a long time classmate, joined by his mother, who came at the cost of considerable leg pains to a restaurant opposite to the Kowloon Park, I thought I 'd just pop into that garden of delight to take a look. The "popping in" turned out to be much longer than I anticipated. Reason? I had my camera with me.



This is a flower I found close to the entrance. I never saw a yellow flower with an orange body before. So this was quite an eye opener.



Nearby were some much more common flowers like this "paper flower".



A little further on, I found these beautiful crepe myrtle ( 紫薇 or 百日紅)



And these hortensia or hydrangea (繡球花)  in pink and light green.



And these lovely Pink Wishbone Flower or Pink Torenia (紅豬耳 or 夏蓳)



Its heart.



Close by were balls and balls of these purple flowers called globe amaranth or bachelor's button (千日紅)




and these begonias.



These tiny yellow flowers called "tropical dogwood" (mussaenda galabra)



and these bigger yellow daisies(?).



and the buds of these yellow bells or golden trumpets (allamanda schottii) (黃蟬).



These crane flowers or birds of paradise (鶴望蘭 or 天堂鳥)  are beautiful under the sun.



I had seen plenty of peonies (牡丹) before but seldom their buds.



It is now clear that the first part of their flower which bursts out from under the protective calyxes of their bud to emerge are their styles and stigmas. Then I went to the rose garden.



This is the only rose I found. I asked the gardener who was then working there what happened to all the roses I saw just a fortnight ago. He said that once we reach May, most roses will die because they can't stand the heat of our summer! Roses are really fussy!