|1. Lucky bamboos and cherry blossoms|
|2. Cherry blossoms|
Hey, this is the best time of the year to shop for plants especially those imported and temperate climate plants.
|3 Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis|
Buddha's Hand, Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis is a variety of Citron plant with fruits that are oddly shaped, resembling our human hand. It is also known as "Fingered Citron".
In Chinese, it is 佛手柑 (fo shou gan - Buddha's hand tangerine), 五指柑 (wu zhi gan - five fingered tangerine), 福寿柑 (fu shou gan - prosperity & longevity tangerine). In Japan, it is called "bushukan" (ブッシュカン).
|4. Celosia argentea var. plumose|
|5. Celosia argentea var. cristata|
The crested variety of Celosia called the Cockscomb Flower,
Red is the colour of prosperity, fame and honour while gold is the colour of wealth.
|6. Tagetes erecta|
Tagetes erecta is also known as Mexican marigold or Aztec marigold. Its Chinese name "wan shou ju" (万寿菊) when directly translated carries the meaning of "10,000 years lifespan chrysanthemum", so this plant denotes unlimited longevity!
|7. Guzmania lingulata|
|8. Colocasia esculenta|
|9. Crinum superbum|
|10. Lucky bamboo and bonsai|
|11. Cactus (L) and Yam/Taro (R).|
Hyacinth is 洋水仙 (yang shui xian) meaning water fairy, or 风信子(feng xin zi)
Remember to check what is the colour of the flowers unless you want to leave it to chance.
|15. Silk Flowers|
|17. Tillandsia cyanea|
|18. Mandarin oranges|
|19. Aglaia odorata|
Just saying the words "mi zi lan" in Cantonese reminds me of my grandmother so much!
Perhaps "li" sounds like "da ji da li" (大吉大利) meaning great fortune and great profits/gains.
Florists also give the following names to dahlias:
芍藥 shao yao (Chinese peony)
大利花 da li hua (great gains flower)
紫牡丹 zi mu dan (purple peony)
|21. Dragon Lime|
|24. Pitcher plants|
|25. Red lanterns|
|26. Chinese New Year promotions|
|27. Citrus lime trees|
Like Christmas trees during Christmas season, the Citrus Lime trees are the best seller of the Chinese New Year season in Malaysia.
WISHING HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR 2015!
Wishing you abundance of wealth, good health and prosperity.