Chinese New Year Nursery trip
Every Chinese New Year, my family and I will visit many nurseries around Singapore to view and buy some festive plants for the celebrations. As Chinese believe that 花开富贵, which means blossoms will bring luck and happiness to the family, many festive plants are flowering plants and exclusive to this period of the year.
As many will know, red is the festive colour for Chinese New Year and red flowering plants are the among the favourites. The usual cockscomb plant, Celosia cristata is a traditional plant which many will buy and also the newly introduced red tulips! Azalea is also prized for their red or pink flowers which bloom in great quantities, covering the entire plant!
Other flowering plants which are popular during this season include peach blossoms and Hydrangeas. Their blooms are extremely attractive and unique which make them showy houseplants for the season. I have noticed that there isn’t much variety of plants to choose from compared to last year, probably due to the conservative festive flower market after a bad economy downturn.
However, there are plants which amazed me such as these golden barrel cacti had new hairdos! The spikes are “dyed” with neon colours! Unique but it doesn’t appeal to me as it look unnatural to me.
I would like to take this chance to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous Lunar New Year and every success in your future endeavours and gardening! Thanks for all your support the past year!