My Purple Orchid
I am one of these people who likes to be around fresh flowers. Here in China it is not too difficult as there are many florists and many stunning flowers, although I'd give the Gerberas a miss. As our family used to grow them commercially, i know a bit about them, and the ones I see in the shops here are not as good quality as I would expect. So I give them a miss. They would not last long probably.
I did buy a pot of Gazanias but they need the sun, which has been hiding well above the regular rain clouds and/or pollution clouds, so the sit on the balcony hoping for a ray or two of sunshine. It hasn't happened recently!!
There is a lovely florist that I pass on the way to my favourite Thai restaurant and when I first asked, I was told it would cost me 300 Yuan. Not a lot, but still much more than I was prepared to pay for something I would not either have room for, nor would I be able to take it home with me to Oz. The orchid plants were in a huge pot, and it was not until a later visit that Inoticed that there were 5 - 6 small pots of orchids in the huge outer pot. So I asked again. 50 Yuan! That's more my style.
So, on the way back from the restaurant one evening I called in and after some rather funny haggling/hand signals etc I left with my precious orchid plant in full flower though with three small buds at the end not yet opened.
Carefully I carried them home. We caught a taxi home as it was raining, and I took great care to get it in and out of the taxi - much to the amusement of the driver.
In any case I got it home safely
Now it takes pride of place in my lounge room. I am sure it will give me pleasure right up until the time I must leave here. I hope to give it to someone who will care for it.