Flower Lifestyle

Sharing Yan’s passion for flowers

Chelsea Flower Show: Gardens October 21, 2012

Gardens are an essential part at Chelsea Flower Show: everybody knows the passion of British people for gardening ! 

Compared to Designers’ gardens, I prefered themed Artisan Gardens which were less “professional” but more lively. 

ARTISAN GARDENS: 

DESIGNER GARDENS

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Peony at Parc Floral Paris April 30, 2012

牡丹 (Mu Dan) &  芍药 (Shao Yao) 

Peony is one of my favorite flowers. In Chinese, the two types of peonies have completely different names, but they belong to the same family: Paeoniaceae. 

In English, their name reflects more obviously the difference : Tree Peony and Herbaceous (bush) Peony. Tree peony flowers are supported by woody branches and lose their leaves in winter while leaving woody stems; bush peonies have non-woody, green stems, they die back in winter and regrow in spring. Tree peonies have bigger flowers and they bloom 15-30 days earlier then herbaceous peonies. 

Tree Peony, 牡丹 (mǔdān), is the national flower of China, it is also known as “flower of riches and honour”. In Chinese culture, Tree Peony is also called “King of Flowers” while Herbaceous Peony is called the “Prime Minister of Flowers”. 

Thanks to a Japanese donation, Parc Floral of Paris hosts a large collection of Peonies. End April, begging May is the season of Tree Peonies, while some of Herbaceous Peonies are not yet in bloom.

 

 

Wild Flowers in Normandie (3) May 21, 2009

apple tree pommier 苹果树

red leaves feuilles rouges  红叶

 

An apple tree sculpted by the sea wind.

 

Leaves May 6, 2009

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red maple érable japonais 枫feuille leaf 叶

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two pictures taken 4 years a ago at Giverny, Monet’s garden, to show that only leaves can be beautiful too…

 

Vegetables

garlic ail 蒜lettuce leitue 生菜

 

 

 

 

 
 “Flower” means plant or vegetative for me, which includes flowers, leaves,  branches and even vegetables. In the nature, all can be beautiful, even the most ordinary things.

 

Here are pictures of garlic and lettuce taken in a morning market in Paris. I like their coulours, so smooth and juicy.