The balcony observer's 352th report- Free plants to take home (Gardenia jasminoides, Part 2) 梔子花自取

by Tsao T-F August. 07, 2021 285 views

How does the government encourage people to plant flowers and trees? Perhaps the most direct way is to give people plants.

Yes, as long as you are a Taichung citizen, you can get up to five plants for free from the two nurseries of the city government every six months. Of course, you have to go to the nursery to take the plants home instead of waiting at home for the nursery to send the plants by mail.

This is how my balcony got the gardenias as well as Tashiro Indian Hawthorns (my 328th report).

政府要如何鼓勵人民種植花木呢?或許最直接的方法就是送人們植栽。

是的,只要你是戶籍在臺中市的市民,每半年可從市政府的兩處苗圃免費領取最多五棵的植栽。當然,你必須去苗圃把植栽們帶回家,而不是在家等苗圃把植栽們郵寄來。

我陽台的梔子花就是這樣獲得的,田代氏石班木(我的第328號報告)也是。

A flower of gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) bloomed on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan. 陽台上的梔子花開了。

A flower of gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) bloomed on my balcony in Taichung, Taiwan. 陽台上的梔子花開了。

The morning sun just happened to shine on this flower. 早上的陽光,正好灑落在這朵花上。

The morning sun just happened to shine on this flower. 早上的陽光,正好灑落在這朵花上。

Gardenia is a traditional fragrant flower in the Eastern world, and it is white. It was once mistaken for jasmine by Westerners. So some people call it "Cape Jasmine".

梔子花是東方世界傳統的香花,而且是白色的,曾經被西方人誤認為茉莉花。所以也有人稱它為”海角茉莉”。

The bud of gardenia is spiral-shaped. 梔子花的花苞,呈螺旋狀。

The bud of gardenia is spiral-shaped. 梔子花的花苞,呈螺旋狀。

The leaves are leathery, so gardenias must prefer a sunny environment. 葉子呈革質,因此梔子花一定是喜歡光照充足的環境。

The leaves are leathery, so gardenias must prefer a sunny environment. 葉子呈革質,因此梔子花一定是喜歡光照充足的環境。

How do you smell the fragrant flowers? I hold them in front of my nose! 香花要怎麼聞呢?我用手扶到鼻子前面嘍!

How do you smell the fragrant flowers? I hold them in front of my nose! 香花要怎麼聞呢?我用手扶到鼻子前面嘍!

The gardenia is in full bloom, showing its stamens and the bifurcated pistil. 梔子花盛開,露出它的雄蕊們和分岔的雌蕊。

The gardenia is in full bloom, showing its stamens and the bifurcated pistil. 梔子花盛開,露出它的雄蕊們和分岔的雌蕊。

Two flowers, side by side. 兩朵花,肩並肩。

Two flowers, side by side. 兩朵花,肩並肩。

This year, the gardenia has a bumper harvest, with 18 flowers blooming one after another. 今年梔子花大豐收,陸陸續續共開了18朵花。

This year, the gardenia has a bumper harvest, with 18 flowers blooming one after another. 今年梔子花大豐收,陸陸續續共開了18朵花。

to be continued... (未完待續...)

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Camellia Staab 2 months, 1 week ago

Another great series. That is a neat idea on the part of the government, handing out free plants. A nice way to create beauty.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months, 1 week ago

Thank you Camellia. That is a neat idea. I totally agree with you.smile

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Hilary Halliwell 2 months, 1 week ago

What a beautiful flower!

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Tsao T-F Replied to Hilary Halliwell 2 months, 1 week ago

Thanks for the comment Hilary.grinning

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Jay Boggess 2 months, 1 week ago

Gardinias have my favorite floral fragrances....Nice work!+1

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Tsao T-F Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months, 1 week ago

Thanks Jay. I appreciate your kind comment.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Tsao T-F 2 months, 1 week ago

I appreciate your fine images & commentary, Amigo!smile

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Linda Patki 2 months, 1 week ago

Wow. What beauties to have so close. My daughter has a gardenia tree and she would be very jealous of your blooms. I always think of Billie Holiday the famous jazz singer who always wore a gardenia in her hair.

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Tsao T-F Replied to Linda Patki 2 months, 1 week ago

Thank you for providing first-hand
information about the gardenia tree on the other side of the earth. It may be
because my gardenia is a cultivated variety, and there is no fruit after
flowering. But I think maybe you and your daughter have the opportunity to
observe the butterfly (Artipe eryx Horiella) that grows from the fruit of
gardenia.smile

https://blog.xuite.net/ymsbigdavid/love01/24805700

I did not know Billie Holiday. Fortunately,
her tale can be found on the website (in Chinese):

https://www.thinkingtaiwan.com/content/8405

And the reason of wearing a gardenia in her
hair is:

https://www.thejoyofplants.co.uk/billie-holiday-gardenias

I learned a lot today. Thank you Linda.heart

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Linda Patki Replied to Tsao T-F 2 months, 1 week ago

Oh my goodness thank YOU for all this.

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