In my real, United States life, I arrange flowers! I started off in high school, designed all through college, and then kept it up until we found out there would be a Little TF. Being a floral designer turned out to be a great, military wife job. There are flower shops everywhere! The business naturally has a high-turnover rate, so no one gives me the stink eye over my work history and how many places at which I've been employed. Hours are usually flexible; plus, working in a mostly-female environment is a nice antidote to the machismo of my other half's chosen profession.
So, speaking as a professional, I must insist that you don't miss Hong Kong's Flower Market! The market is filled to bursting with the familiar and (to the average Westerner) the unknown. You don't have to be particularly interested in flowers or plants to enjoy this stop. The cacophany of noise and smell and color guarantee the Flower Market to be a stop worthy of your Hong Kong itinerary!
|We went to Hong Kong right before Chinese New Year. Sellers offered little red and gold |
charms to jazz up a plant or arrangement, and wish recipients luck in the New Year!
|Pots of kumquat trees. Kumquat trees are especially New Year appropriate, as the Chinese name rhymes with the |
words for "gold" and "luck." Little, red bows create the traditional red and gold color scheme of Chinese New Year.
|Orchids! Orchids of every size, shape, and color!|
|Are these even considered bonzai anymore? They are huge!|