Happy 1st Full Day of Spring (Northern Hemisphere) 2015! Orchids!!

Most of us know that orchids are one of the plants associated with seasons in China. The orchid is often associated with spring. *

Every year the New York Botanical Garden does a fabulous display of orchids.

Here are a few some lovely photos taken from their website:








Get to the show if you can.

Here follow a few orchids from Mahjong tiles;

top left:

four split Mahjong flower pots with butterfly
four split Mahjong flower pots with butterfly



Always with a very delicate look to them, even though this tile was done by a German company, Ashton & Rietz.


And orchids painted by a Chinese artist:



You'll note that the delicacy of theMahjong tiles are not that dissimilar to this lovely ink drawing by Zheng Xie (Chinese, 1693–1765) in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum


*I am able to remember this fact when I think of "springing" to buy an orchid,  that meaning of spring being the North American informal use of the word, indicating to pay for as a treat.


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To learn more about Mah Jongg, you might want to take a look at this book that I wrote with Ann Israel, published by Tuttle.

www.mahjonggtheartof thegame.com

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