本城美樹 amazing trees in hong kong】榕樹公公廟細葉榕 chinese banyan & “banyan granny temple”, aberdeen

孤陋寡聞,不久之前方知道竟有如此可愛的廟宇。榕樹公公廟,位於香港仔舊大街的小型廟宇群落之中,在斜坡前端。 香港有如此多的榕樹,有廟供奉絕對「受得起」。 廟的頭頂橫伸這棵細葉榕,果然有點老伯拱著背的型態。受到供奉,身上又多了紅色彩帶。稍微關注的是樹受著經年香火燻薰的影響,但觀乎外貌,這位榕樹公公老當益壯。 廟的歷史最多四五十年,因為考究香港仔的掌故,除了「大王公廟」,斜路上其他的廟如榕樹公公廟1960年代並未存在。而參考幾年前一個機構舉辦的榕樹選舉結果,資料說這樹有百年歷史,希望日後可找到史料或圖片可證實。 這樹的美,不單是樹本身,更在於民間文化宗教和人情與歲月混成的街道風光。 this small altar is called banyan granny temple. it is not unusual for chinese to worship common items including plants and animals. chinese banyan is more of southern china, and with or without a physical temple, this species plays a major role in village lives and folk culture around this... Continue Reading →

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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 →

藍紫色小野花 blue & purple flowers in autumn

進入深秋,卻見花開處處,無獨有偶來自相近色調,藍與紫。幾種這一兩星期遇到的開花植物:印度百花菜、三裂葉牽牛、耳葉鴨跖草、麥門冬。 according to the chinese lunar calendar, it is already deep autumn. yet flowers are blooming away everywhere. featuring below are some blue and purple flowering plants i saw in these few weeks.  一個市區但幽靜的小斜坡,看到兩種植物纏繞共榮。兩者均一年生,生藍花與紫花。on a small slope in a quiet corner of a suburban area, spotted these two procumbent and climbing plants entangled and blossoming.... Continue Reading →

【本城美樹 amazing trees in hong kong】華富邨華裕樓大葉榕 big-leaved fig in wah fu estate

對舊屋邨的大樹有莫名溫暖的好感,因為屋邨的樹木與千百人同呼同吸,而且看顧不止一代人的生活。感覺上,牠們高壯的身軀濃密的樹冠,聚滿同時散發充滿人性的靈氣。 這棵大葉榕站立在華富邨其中一個寬闊的庭園,位置在華裕樓旁。 高度幾乎與八層樓高看齊,好鄰友就是一起成長的。老舊屋邨,大樹扶持,就簡單而美麗地描畫了「安居樂業」四字。 稍說大葉榕,心目中的神奇樹木,因為她換裝神妙。這落葉/半落葉的喬木,初春時落葉與新葉的交替期數天內完成,而且初生嫩葉的嬌綠,絕對是至高無上的春天色彩。2012年曾寫過這篇《春之大葉榕》,當中的照片可以給予你少少的震撼。 can’t help adoring big old trees in older public housing estates. there are many of them but the quantity doesn’t dilute the presence and spirit they give out. tree planting and gardening in old housing estates is no-nonsense, practical and i believe is done with the sense of humanity. look at... Continue Reading →

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