Monday, January 20, 2014

Auspicious Plants for Chinese New Year

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 Kumquat trees symbolizing auspicious in the New Year  

Our traditional Chinese new year celebration includes many auspicious symbols for prosperity, longevity and good fortune. After a fortnight of spring cleaning the entire house, it is time to decorate it with auspicious plants. :)

We went shopping at the Bedok South nurseries after dinner. There were already many families selecting and purchasing flowers and plants which symbolize rebirth, new growth and prosperity for the new year.

The kumquat trees which symbolize good luck and abundance of wealth are very popular and the ones shown in the first picture are very expensive. :)

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The pineapple plants (S$128) and Money Tree (Zamioculcas Zamifolia, from S$68) are hot sellers too.

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Orchids are a perpetual favourite of mine. This pot of exotic blooms cost S$168. These beauties bring me much joy when I am relaxing in my sitting room. 

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Lingzhi - Mushroom of Longevity

Delighted to find these pots of Lingzhi. Bought one for my 96 year-old mother-in-law.  

The Lucky Bamboo, another popular festive plant which is said to improve the positive qi in the house, was sold out. I will have to wait until next Wednesday for the new stocks.  

26 comments:

  1. These photos are so beautiful. I love all flowers - not mushrooms, but these are pretty too. Happy New Year!

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    1. I love eating mushrooms! LOL
      The pot of Lingzhi mushroom, symbolizing Longevity, is for my elderly mother-in-law.

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    2. Orchids have always been a flower of choice for me. They are so exotic and so passionate even the name 'Orchid" stands out as unique~ The mushroom plant is most definitely different but I don't think I could label it passionate..lol ~

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    3. I am fortunate that Singapore is a major exporter of cut orchids. Our orchids are renowned for their exquisite quality and for their longer vase-life. The common orchids, which are just as beautiful, are not expensive and a bouquet of them could last a week beautifying my home. :)

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  2. What a nice tradition ! the house must look so cheerful with all these flowers !

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    1. Yes, the house looks more cheerful with these flowers and plants. :)

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  3. I no fate with plants, those plants that come to me will end up no plant but pot, kaka...

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    1. I have no green thumbs too. Plants seem to die on me. haha.... Because it's CNY, we want to decorate the house to welcome our guests.

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    2. Now i can only admire, dare not buy, i don't wanna harm the plants, hehe...

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  4. Sg has CNY night markets? to shop for CNY stuff? We don't have it here :(

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    1. We have quite a number of CNY night markets in Singapore during this time. I am surprised Penang doesn't have as it has a large Chinese population.

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  5. i was wondering why Kumquats were still available in the grocery store!
    I grew up in Houston, Texas and had numerous fruit trees including a Kumquat tree and i loved them so much. My favorite thing is to candy the fruit whole.

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  6. It's fun to buy flowers during New Year. There aren't such events in Japan.

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  7. Happy CNY, ECL!

    It feels good to be back here again. It's been such a long time! :-)

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  8. Happy CNY, ECL!

    It feels good to be back here again. It's been such a long time! :-)

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  9. Chinatown in Singapore must be very pack with shoppers and goods to buy. :) I hardly can see those plan especially Ling Zhi sold in Kuala Lumpur.

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  10. Lingzhi looks neat. I hope care is easy. I worry about buying lucky bamboo then killing it by neglect. seems too symbolic.

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  11. Happy New Year! I like the look of the mushroom plant. It looks very exotic.

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