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Friday, February 10, 2012

Flower Street of Kuala Lumpur Chinatown - Valentine's Day Flowers

1. Roses

There is a place in Kuala Lumpur Chinatown where we can buy cheap and affordable flowers of many varieties for any occasion. Well, I mean, most of the time ...

For Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year season, the prices are expected to follow market supply and demand.




2. Flower street in KL Chinatown

Flower Street of Kuala Lumpur Chinatown is located along Jalan Hang Lekir, starting from the junction in front of Hong Leong Bank, along Hotel Malaya and ends at wholesaler Weng Hoa Floral Boutique. The many individual stalls and florists here sell freshly cut flowers in loose stalks, bouquets, stands and all kinds of floral arrangements.

Further up is the glutton street with all the delicious food.

KL Chinatown is listed in every tourist guide to Malaysia. This is a place where east meets west, a melting pot of cultures. Centuries old prewar shophouses and ancient temples stand side-by-side with modern highrises. There are as many tourists as there are locals. There is also an increasing number of foreigners from Indonesia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Cambodia working at the stalls here.

“Flower Street of Kuala Lumpur Chinatown - Valentine's Day Flowers”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on February 10th, 2012.

3. Gerbera daisies


If we wish to buy fresh flowers in bulk at cheap prices we buy them from the wholesaler, but if we need to get flowers in small quantities like 1 or 2 stalks, a bunch or individualised bouquet, we select from the mini stalls here.

For Valentine's Day, chrysanthemums are not as popular as roses, gerbera daisies and lilies.

While white and yellow chrysanthemums are more suited for funerals and prayers, the spider/coral chrysanthemums are really beautiful and special.

4. Gerbera daisies

If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, 
I could walk forever in my garden.
~Attributed to Claudia Ghandi

5. A rose is a rose is a rose...

Roses in many shades and colours, all nicely arranged ready to be taken home for the special occasion.
Also good for emergencies when you need to convey an urgent heartfelt message.


Love is a canvas furnished by Nature
and embroidered by imagination.
 ~Voltaire

6. Blue roses, yellow asters and purple statice flowers

The most beautiful view is the one I share with you. 
 ~Author Unknown

7. Rose flower bouquets

I have been told that the flowers from Cameron Highlands arrives here daily by truck at about 4:00pm. 


My heart to you is given:
Oh, do give yours to me;
We'll lock them up together,
And throw away the key.
~Frederick Saunders

8. So many roses!

Beautiful roses in different shades and colours.
You can buy the whole bunch and make your own uniquely special arrangement.
A single stalk is just as meaningful. It is really the thought that counts.


Love is the greatest refreshment in life. 
 ~Pablo Picasso

9. Blue roses, yellow baby's breath, white asters, purple statice, red berries

For twas not into my ear you whispered
But into my heart
Twas not my lips you kissed
But my soul
~Judy Garland

10. A bouquet of fresh flowers

Flowers for your "suweeto haato" (sweetheart) ...
Flowers that will melt a girl's heart!
Hence, why buy fake ones when real flowers are so fresh and fabulously lovely?

Anyone can catch your eye, 
but it takes someone special to catch your heart. 
 ~Author Unknown

11. Asiatic lilies and roses

Saying it with flowers:

Red roses for everlasting love - the western way!

According our newspaper reports, Malaysians prefer roses but sunflowers and lilies are most popular in Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. 

Why Liliums (e.g. stargazers, casablanca, madonna ,asiatic,oriental, tiger lilies) are auspicious:
a) Chinese name for Lilium spp is "bai he" (百年好合) - meaning many things going smoothly according to your wishes
b) For couples, the phrase "bai nian hao he" (百年好合) would mean happy together for a hundred years
c) For marriage this would mean that the husband and wife shall always be together and live happily ever after.

12. Yellow lilies

What is your favourite flower for Valentine's Day and how are you celebrating this special day?

Love is a symbol of eternity. 
 It wipes out all sense of time, 
destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end. 
 ~Author Unknown

13. Casablanca lilies


For you see, each day I love you more
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
~Rosemonde Gerard

Note: the pictures were taken in Nov 2011
Updated: 14 Feb 2012


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY !



I am extremely delighted to link in to Today's Flowers # 181, a meme which opens every Sunday, 2pm GMT. My grateful thanks to Today's Flowers team members; Luiz Santili Jr, Denise in Virginia, Laerte Pupo and Sandy Carlson. To participate and view other gorgeous flowers around the world, click here.

32 comments:

  1. Happy Valentine's Day ! Hope your day is special. Perhaps surprises will come my way! But I'm pretty sure it'll be another good day as I wish it to be:))You're already smelling like roses among them. LOL

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  2. They are all so beautiful. It is lucky for you in Malaysia that your Cameron Highlands is not frequented by typhoons as our Cordillera is! So our flower industry is always affected by calamities. Moreover, sometimes there are frost there, or landslides prevent them from reaching the lowlands. But here in Metro Manila we also have an area like yours where cheap wholesale flowers can be bought. But it still feels glorious if we plant our own and we get flowers from our garden!

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  3. Happy Valentine's Day. Its been a while since I've walked down that street. Thanks for reminding me of the lovely flowers stalls down there. Love the Gerberas, so bright and cheerful.

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  4. Ulica z kwiatami jest wspaniała i pewno zapachy są niesamowite. U na Walentynki obchodzą racze młodzi. Ja dla siebie wybrałabym ostatni bukiet. Pozdrawiam.*** Street with flowers is wonderful and definitely smells are amazing. In celebrating Valentine's Day rather young. I'd choose for myself the last bunch. Yours.

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  5. I love anything I receive for Valentines day, but the roses in your photos look fabulous. Wonderful floral colour arrangement with contrasting colour paper. Wow.

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  6. How fun to see all that and all the bizarre colors of roses! I am a tulip girl myself- love them. My favorite but gerber daisies are just happy flowers I think. The arrangements were all so pretty. We don't have anything close to that here. That would be so fun to walk the street and see all that!!! Great pis! You captured it well!!!

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  7. What a colorful place! I would love to see something like that. But I could never make up my mind which flower or bouquet I would like best. I'd have to buy several! Now that I know the meaning of lilies, those would be the ones I'd hope to receive. Happy Valentine's day!

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  8. What a feast for the eyes. All those flowers and wonderful colors. I would have to have a bunch of those blue roses.

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  9. Aww...Petaling Street aka Jalan Hang Lekir- my old stomping grounds!! Once upon a time I used to work in Wisma Hangsam. My husband had a standing order for a dozen peach roses delivered to my office every week:) Sometimes, I would go down to the florist and change up the order if I saw something beautiful or interesting. I recently saw came across Spider Chrysanthemum which is rare in the US and it reminded me of Petaling Street.

    Oh my, - the Assam Laksa, Roast Duck, "Gnap Kiok Pau", Hokkein Mee, Kueh Muih- you are making me so hungry Autumn Belle!!

    Happy Valentine's Day.

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  10. Oh Autumn Belle! This entire post is just so incredibly beautiful! I love the multicolored roses with multicolored wrapping. And then the Gerbera Daisies and Lilies are always remarkable. Thanks for all the information about the celebrations, too. I like any flowers, anytime. :) Happy Valentine's Day!

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  11. Mmmmm... I can smell the fragrance from here.

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  12. The flowers are all so pretty! I prefer lilies because of their delicate beauty and sweet fragrance, though roses and gerberas are certainly wonderful flowers too. Happy Valentines Day to you!

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  13. What an awesome display of flowers! I could get lost in a place like that! Thanks for sharing and happy Valentine's day!

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  14. I love most flowers, but roses are my favorite for Valentine's Day. I suppose they have always meant love and romance. Your photos of the flower mart are so beautiful with all the various colors and
    arrangements...stunning!...kinda makes me yearn for all of them...

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  15. a feast to the eyes! i love the vibrant display of colors. a great place to shop for flowers.

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  16. Keats, Happy Valentine's Day to you too! Yeah, hope it is good day for me.

    Andrea, there are no frost in Cameron Highlands but landslides has occurred in the past due to too rapid development and the rainy season. I really do hope it won't happen again. As for my garden flowers, they are to be enjoyed on the plant and too precious to pluck them ;-)

    Sean, hope you have a Happy Valentine with your special someone!

    Giga, we are never too young or too old to celebrate Valentine's Day, haha. I like the last bunch of flowers too. They look like Casablanca lilies and the wrapping paper is full of pure white hearts which is very romantic.

    Patty, you are right. Anything received on Valentine's Day will be much appreciated. A bouquet of 12 tulips will cost about RM 160 (USD 53) while 12 roses is about RM 150 (USD 50). On normal days it cost about RM 35 (USD 11)!

    HolleyGarden, yeah - a roomful of flowers will be nice ;-)

    Lona, blue roses will be perfect :)

    Mom on Blog, what you are getting from hubby is what many girls want too, haha! About the food, I like the Sei Ngan Chai (Spectacled Guy) roast duck, chee cheong fun, deep fried tapioca balls and chicken yee sang porridge. But "Gnap Kiok Pau"? - I must search for this stall the next time I go there.

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  17. PlantPostings, yes, flowers anyday for me too!

    Carolyn, yeah, love the fragrance of roses and lilies.

    Aaron, yeah, lilies have the distinctively exquisite fragrance.

    Reckneck Rosarian, fresh flowers are indeed fabulous!

    Sage Butterfly, most of them are small sidewalk stalls.

    Luna, there are quite a number of stalls here providing some competition, hopefully to the customers' advantage.

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  18. Is it Sei Ngan Chai (Spectacled Guy) or his son that sells the roast duck now? He has the Gnap Kiok Pau but limits the number you can buy!! Forgive my translation spelling Gnap Kiok Pau literally means Duck Leg/Feet Wrap. Give it a try.

    Alas, my husband in now allergic to flowers and I no longer receive bouquets of flowers. BUT, he buys me plants that give me fruits and flowers instead. So it is all good :)

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  19. Mom on Blog, yes! Now that you tell me the Gnap Kiok Pau (GKP) at Sei Ngan Chai, I remember that they do sell this, just that every time I go there, it is either no stock or sold out :(

    Your hubby's gifts of flowers will be fondly remembered and cherished by you, I'm sure. As for my hubby, I have already waived the requirement for Valentine flowers a long long time ago in view of the exorbitant prices charged. He had "done it" and we have "been there", so this is enough, hehe.

    GKP is my mom's favourite - a Teochew styled stewed(?) duck leg wrapped in duck innards e.g. intestines. The foot pedlar used to sell this from house to house in Ipoh and whenever he shouted "GKP! GKP! GKP!" my mom would surely hear it and buy from him. I still remember her look of utter satisfaction as she enjoyed this delicacy. Now, it is difficult to find but I heard there's a stall selling this in Tong Sui Kai, Ipoh. The next time I go Petaling Street, I'll remember GKP.

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  20. Those flowers look gorgeous.
    Guess it would cost a lot during Valentine's Day.

    I would go for gifts instead of flowers for my Valentine.

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  21. wow! I love all of them! this post just made my day....I have to say that the blue roses are my favorite...

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  22. Very pretty and unusual choices there. That's a lovely area with all the flower stalls together.

    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  23. James, Kulasa and Cher, Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

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  24. Happy Valentine's day! All the flowers are so beautiful!

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  25. what a beautiful burst of colours. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  26. Wonderful post.

    Regards and best wishes

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  27. Hello! Do you know of any flora store that ships their flowers to Singapore? :D

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    1. Qq, please check out the following link (look under the heading "Florist":

      http://mygardendirectory.blogspot.com/p/malaysia-biz.html

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  28. If I wanted to order 100 red roses can I pre-order for 16 April and pick up?

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    1. Hi Shaun, I don't sell flowers. You can trying asking Floristika:
      http://www.floristika.com.my/

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