德國的闊葉椴和香港的破布葉 large-leaved lime in germany & microcos in hong kong

五月底與家人出發德國旅行十天,上天眷顧,全程幾乎好天氣,藍天艷陽,巧遇大地進入初夏,清淨大氣下,周圍綠耀花香,美不勝收。 一路旅遊,名勝古蹟間的公路行人道、園林或景點的花園,放眼美麗高大有閱歷的樹木,很多是香港少見的寒帶樹種,樂意開眼界將不同國度經度緯度的綠林放入認知;另外,有一種抓住我的眼球和心房:有著美麗魁梧的樹形,茂密喜綠的樹葉中間著盈盈奶油黃色的花朵和粉綠的苞片。由於到處可見,旅遊到回程返港,一直懸念追尋樹名樹種資料。 嘗試詢問當地導遊叔叔,他以德文說樹名『鈴』(音:電話鈴單車鈴的象聲發音)『度』,並用德腔英文說花可用茶。  i went with my parents to germany for a 10-day tour starting end of may. we were blessed with almost non-stop blue sky and sunshine. summer just arrived meanwhile. many of the places we visited trees and grass were so green and flowers were blossoming. what a beautiful journey. on top of... Continue Reading →

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絲木綿的果和絲 the fruit of floss silk tree (ceiba speciosa)

第四次絲木棉的專文,這次是此植物的全新角度,賞樹看到不同階段,是幸福的。 之前幾次都在說花,搶眼花俏。而絲木綿果實的觀相,讓我意外地憐愛。 另外,也加一筆有關此落葉樹的植物分類更新。 在城市內熟悉的幾棵標誌性絲木棉,均高大昂藏,一切觀察盡是遠距離的。有幸,居住不遠有個地方,幾年前新種植一些絲木綿,給與我較方便的觀察。 wrote about floss silk tree before, but this is a brand new angle on the plant. not about the flashy and attractive flowers any more, we are looking at its fruit this time. personally found the fruit and its content adorable almost like some cute animation characters. at the end of... Continue Reading →

迷人 pink lady – 絲木棉 silk floss tree (ceiba speciosa)

經常走過的路上,有著這棵絲木棉,開花數星期了,每天都對自己說一定要寫寫她,拖延了兩星期,幸好昨日花仍盛,依然色彩艷麗。 吸引我的地方,除了那艷麗而壽命長的花,就是這樹與木棉同科。兩者型態類近,樹幹同樣直立耿實,樹幹有刺; 而「男」「女」又有不同:絲木綿另一名字美人樹,「最毒婦人心」,樹幹上的刺對比木棉尖銳而刺存活期較長 (木棉樹老大,刺有時就不存在)。兩樹的花都色彩奪目,木棉花由橙紅到深沉的紅,花的外形到質感較厚重硬朗;至於絲木棉,花瓣色彩和型態玲瓏彩亮;兩花就是「英雄」和「美人」的大自然完美傳譯。 植物原籍南美巴西、阿根廷。絲木棉花的色彩,大概是典型南美的調子。花季在我們的秋冬。   walk pass this silk floss tree every working day. been thinking of writing about it, but didn’t put into action. two almost three weeks on, luckily the tree is still blossoming. silk floss obviously enjoy a long boom time, which is lucky for me to catch the season. the... Continue Reading →

長沙灣荔枝角道是條木棉道 a tree cotton path along lai chi kok road (cheung sha wan)

最近經常走去深水埗長沙灣一帶,對長沙灣屠房(已停用)、蔬菜統營處周遭馬路兩旁的闊落尤其喜愛,特別知道這附近不久將來又會賣地發展面貌將大變遷後,更珍惜每次走在這路段的光景。 上星期走逛這區時,因為近日紅棉時節,對此樹種特別敏感,喜發現這裡路上很多木棉。 這裡是老區,所以不少木棉都非常壯大。城市中的大樹,正正是社區的年輪和時計。但願更多城市人對樹木也對其他與我們共享生景的物種珍重。 been exploring sham shui po and cheung sha wan recently. love the wide and spacious as well as calm along lai chi kok road. cheung sha wan abattoir that left vacant since 1999 is my favorite spot. it is a govt facility built in the 1960s but stop functioning in 1999. to... Continue Reading →

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