.... this morning enabled me to get out for a while and pick up a few essentials which were running low. However the rain has returned now and I was struggling a little when it came to the photos. The biggest problem is that my camera, having been in the hotel for some days gets covered in condensation when I take it outside. The air con has been turned off in the room since I arrived, but the whole building is just far too cold. By the time the camera had warmed up and was fit to use it was raining! Anyway, the foreground trees here are young specimens of the Hong Kong Orchid Tree (Bauhinia Blakeana) which is planted widely across the city. Its flower was adopted as part of the national identity after the hand over in 1997, and it forms the centrepiece of the national flag as well as appearing on coins etc.
The flowering season is more or less over, although there's usually some blooms to be found no matter when you come. They really are most attractive, and despite their common name, they are not a member of the orchid family, but of the pea family. Blakeana is a naturally occurring hybrid, apparently which was discovered by an early governor of HK (Blake) from whom it takes its name. Unfortunately for the gardener, it is sterile and produces no seed. The only way to propagate is from cuttings or layers, both of which are difficult I'm told. They must have the hang of it here, though, because the trees really are everywhere in Hong Kong.
Have you sampled any of the live recordings of choral music featured on the Moments Musicaux page of the website?
Or there's a Christmas Carol selection available here.
Michel - just an ordinary guy, I guess. A musician by trade and into 'techy' things as 'relaxation'. Originally from the UK, but resident in France for 13 years.
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