Malaysia-China Friendship Garden in Dongguan City

Dongguan Municipality to have a Twin Malaysia-China Friendship Garden in Dongguan City For forty good years, Malaysia and China excellent relations did not just focus on diplomatic and bilateral trades alone, they have somewhat blossomed into something least expected - flowers and parks as well! This was revealed during a meeting and courtesy call by Malaysia-China Friendship Association (MCFA) president Datuk Abdul Majid Khan on his counterpart, Mr Yang Xiaotang, the Deputy Mayor of Dongguan Municipal Government on November 3. In return of Putrajaya’s sincerity and honour of building a Malaysia-China Friendship Garden in Anjung Floria (Precint 4, Putrajaya) that has just been completed on a 11.7 hectares of land in Precinct 4, Putrajaya, Mr Yang said Dongguan Municipality now wished to return the good deeds by building a China-Malaysia Friendship Garden in the Dongguan prefecture.   Anjung Floria is the permanent site for next year’s Royal Floria Putrajaya scheduled in May and other flowers and gardens festivals beyond 2015. Datuk Abdul Majid led a delegation including some senior officials from Perbadanan Putrajaya to the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road International Exposition. Putrajaya Floria Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary company of Perbadanan Putrajaya, had set up a booth during the exposition trade period to attract potential participants to take part in next year’s Royal Floria Putrajaya. At the meeting, Dongguan People Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries signed a memorandum to establish a “friendly cooperative relationship” with MCFA as a signor. On the other hand, MCFA will submit specific design plan to Dongguan Municipality for the construction of similar garden in the prefecture. Describing the international expo as a huge...

Tapestry of Hues – Much Ado About Lily

2015 FLORIA Putrajaya Theme: Tapestry of Hues Like a beautiful woven piece of fabric, the Intelligent Garden City of Putrajaya is a tapestry of hues and colours that inundate its landscape. Locked in an array of tendered gardens, fauna and flora, Putrajaya has not ceased to amaze landscape architects and flowers enthusiasts to come to the Royal FLORIA Putrajaya, Malaysia’s premier flower and garden show scheduled to be held from 30th May until 7th June, 2015. And, it is easy for one to understand the reason the organiser has chosen Tapestry of Hues as the theme for next year’s floral festival with lily as the theme flower. Lily or Lilium shares the tapestry of mankind, actually. Lily has seen the history of great civilizations, and it has been quoted in the greatest literature and mythological beliefs of Man. “Like the lily that once was mistress of the field and flourished, I’ll hang my head and perish,” those are the words of William Shakespeare in the play, The Life of King Henry the Eighth. Lily, as Shakespeare articulated in a rather sombre feel, like the melancholy of the words he wrote in the play about the state of mind of King Henry VIII who divorced Queen Katherine of Aragon over a woman called Anne Boleyn, who then bore the descendants of Kings and Queens of England.   Like the tapestry of traditions etched deep in English royalty, the earls and the dukes, lily has a profound tradition of its own. The lilies were considered majestic flowers dating as far back as 1580 B.C., when images of lilies were discovered in...

Purple Lily or Lilium Stargazer

An exotic and colourful plant, stargazer lily (Lilium orientalis ‘Stargazer’) earns its name for its purple-pink blooms, which are tilted to face the sky. The plant is distinguished by tall, 3- to 5-foot stems, each with up to nine sweet-smelling flowers that measure as much as 8 inches in diameter. Source: Image: http://searchpp.com/purple-lily - Content: http://homeguides.sfgate.com/grow-purple-stargazer-lily-41008.html It is a tough, easy to grow plant in spite of its stately appearance. Plant stargazer lily bulbs 4 to 6 inches deep and it will have 8 to 12 inches of space between each bulb. The plant prefers rich, well-drained soil. If the soil is poor, dig in 3 to 5 inches of decomposed manure or compost. For a natural effect, plant the bulbs in groups of five. Stargazer lilies thrive in a location where the blooms are in shade or filtered sunlight during the afternoon....

Orange Lily and Yellow Lily or Lilium Bulbiferum

Lilium bulbiferum with common names Orange Lily, Fire Lily or Tiger lily, is a herbaceous perennial plant with underground bulbs, belonging to the genus Lilium of the Liliaceae family. The Latin name bulbiferum of this species, meaning “bearing bulbs”, refers to the secondary bulbs on the stem.     Lilium bulbiferum reaches on average 20–90 centimetres (7.9–35.4 in) of height, with a maximum of 120 centimetres (47 in). The bulbs are ovoid, with whitish large and pointed scales and can reach about 1.5 centimetres (0.59 in) of diameter. The stem is erect and the leaves are lanceolate, up to 10 centimetres long. The inflorescence has one to five short-haired flowers. They are hermaphroditic and scentless, have six upright tepals, the outer are slightly narrower than the inner ones. The flowers can reach 4-6 centimeters in length and are bright yellow-orange with reddish-brown dots. The stamens are erect, about half as long as the tepals, with red anthers. The style is orange, 35 millimetres (1.4 in) of height. The flowering period extends from May through July. There are two varieties, Lilium bulbiferum var. croceum (Chaix) Baker in the Western part of the range, and Lilium bulbiferum var. bulbiferumin its Eastern part. Only the last one always produces secondary aerial bulbs (bulbils) in the axils of the upper leaves. These bulbils fall to the ground and mature after two to three years. When manually separated from the stem they can be easily used for propagating the plant. The dwarf plants from the Maritime Alps, formerly described as var. chaixii (Elwes) Stoker, and the large plants from the region of Naples, formerly...

Double Dragon Lily or Hippeastrum

Double Dragon produces clusters of stunning, scarlet red blooms with rounded petals. Large spectacular trumpet shaped flowers in summer, followed by dark green strap foliage. Hippeastrums are easy to grow in pots, containers and in clumps as a garden display. They grow 20-26 inches tall and produce multiple bloom stalks. They bloom 7 to 9 weeks after planting. They prefer full sun to part shade in well-drained soil. Image Source:...

Royal FLORIA Putrajaya: The Symbolism of Lily

American poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson once quipped: “The earth laughs in flowers.” What Emerson saw in flowers and earth was nature and naturalistic that brought about happiness to his individualistic life. But little did he realise that almost all flowers exude happiness, cheerfulness and a sense of freedom to mankind. Like the lilies, they were and are still considered as majestic flowers dated as far back as 1580 B.C., when images of lilies were discovered in a villa in Crete, the arid land of Greece. These majestic flowers have long held in ancient mythology. Derived from the Greek word “leiron” (generally assumed to refer to the white Madonna lily), the lily was so revered by the Greeks that they believed it sprouted from the milk of Hera, the queen of the gods. Lilies are known to be the May birth flower and the 30th wedding anniversary flower. While white lilies symbolize chastity and virtue for some but others associate the white variety with funerals and they symbolize that the soul of the departed has received restored innocence after death. But do not be despair if you have Emerson’s individualism in you! Other varieties that became popular brought with them additional meanings and symbolism as well. Peruvian lilies or asltroemeria represents friendship and devotion, white stargazer lilies express sympathy and pink stargazer lilies represent wealth and prosperity. Source: http://www.flowerhdwallpaper.com/yellow-lily-images-10830.html There are scores of varieties in Lilium family species. In this part of the world, we are accustomed to lilies that are grown in arcadia, sanctuary, orchard or sprouted freely in the wild forest of the tropics. For that...

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