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Looking at the entrance itself can put anyone on the mood for Lunar New Year 2012! There's the Chinese New Year music blaring from speakers, red lanterns, dragons in various shapes, forms and bright colours of red, yellow and gold are everywhere. It is now quite crowded during the weekends with whole families coming over to have a look and feel. Some come in four wheelers and flashy cars, yet others have their own vans and pick-ups. I have to load all my purchases (not that many anyway, lol) into the car boot and whatever empty space left among the seats.
|3. Pussy Willows|
|3a - Solanum mammosum|
|5. Camellia flowers|
|6. Adenium obesum - Desert Rose|
|7. Ornamental Chili|
- meaning is "good luck and fortune is coming your way".
Another nickname is "shan shan de hong xing" (
|10. Dracaena sanderiana - Lucky Bamboo|
Lucky bamboos or "fu gui zhu" (富贵竹) braided and weaved - in the shape of a pineapple, curly or spiral with some looking like rising dragons. This year spiral/curly bamboos are called "dragon bamboos". The pineapple or vase shapes ones are like wealth cages. These are called "zhu long jin shui" (竹笼进水) meaning water entering into the bamboo cage. Some are arranged in boat shape with the words "yi lu shun feng" (一路顺风) to wish for a safe and smooth journey.
|11. Lucy Bamboo and Money Plant gift sets|
2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon.
|12. Braided Money Plants|
|13. Auspicious flower pots|
Those plants with rounded tops on the right of the picture are Euodia ridleyi, common name Evodia. It is called "A Bucket of Gold" (一桶黄金 or yi tong huang jin) for Chinese New Year.