Ochna Integerrima: The Golden Flower

February 26, 2009 § 3 Comments

suc50229Name: Dwarf Ochna Integerrima

Color: Gold/Bold Yellow

Preferred Climate: Warm & Humid (year-round)

Use: Festive flower

Nickname: The Golden Flower, The Mickey Mouse Flower

Added to garden: 2008



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[Simon N.]


The Art Critic: Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

February 23, 2009 § 6 Comments




Open Forum: Most Admired World Leader

February 18, 2009 § 10 Comments


There is an old adage that states, “A great man can save a dozen lives; a great leader can save a million lives.” Indeed, leaders are rare and necessary. One could argue that it is better to have a bad leader than to not have a leader at all; anarchy would ensue otherwise. 

With this in mind, which world leader(s) past and present do you most admire? Explain why.


[Simon N.]

Culture 101: Knock, Knock! Who’s There?

February 6, 2009 § 7 Comments


The Germans are known for their forthrightness and hospitality. Contrary to popular beliefs, they are highly mannered people. They always knock before coming in. This means to “come in” even if there’s no response or if the person inside does not want them to come in.

When a German knocks on a door, he will do it like he really means it. A polite knock is not going to do it. In fact, such meekly knock could very well be perceived as an insult.

~Simon N.

Lunar New Year in Pictures: Part I

February 4, 2009 § 3 Comments

~by JEN09
~reports from a New Year’s flower market


I arrive at the flower market half an hour before its closing. Most flowers have been sold out except for the majestic chrysanthemums. The vendor offers them at a steep discount.


A local artist is showing off some of his flower-themed paintings.


This orchid plant (left) is beautiful. Mom will be pleased with the gift. Maybe I should give her an artificial one (right) instead.

orchid bouquet

Firecracker and lion dance! It’s better late than never.



~by JEN09


The Art Critic: Leonardo da Vinci’s The Mona Lisa

February 2, 2009 § 9 Comments

The Mona Lisa (1503)
Author: Leonardo da Vinci
Subject: A noble lady during the Renaissance (Italy).
Technique: Oil on panel
Genre: Portrait
Location: Musee du Lourve, Paris

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