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;
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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