China Flowers

More pictures from my recent trip to China.  I don’t claim to be a great photographer, but I thought I would share these anyway.   The trees and flowers were just gorgeous!  Especially as we have nary a leaf on a tree yet here in Chicago, I’m so glad that wasn’t the case on our April trip.

These pics are from a 1000 year old garden in Suzhou.  Even though it was a little rainy that day, it was still quite beautiful.



The Chinese love their rocks.  You will see them prominently displayed everywhere.Image


Kularb, Mike, (my brother & his wife),  Pam (that’s me!) and my hubby, David.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Loved this cute umbrella that a little girl was carrying.Image

Outside the garden, there was a farmers’ market.  The fruit was as pretty as the flowers.


Not sure I recognize these!


On the way back we stopped at a flower market in Shanghai.  I’ve never seen orchids like these!


Tabletop trees made of live bamboo.


Tiny dried gourds–about 3″ long.  Not sure what you would do with them, but they were cute nonetheless.Image


Here at home, I’m just hoping my tulips will finally bloom this week!




I was taken in by several patterns I saw in China.   Many were in the sidewalks and rock “art” in the pathways in parks.  The quilter/artist in me had to snap a few pictures.

Peoples’s Park, Shanghai


It looks like each of these white stones were hand placed.ImageImage



Floor coverings  at the Peace Hotel in Shanghai.ImageImageImage


Humble Administrator’s Garden in Suzhou


It’s obvious that beauty was of foremost importance in the attention to detail.  I was quite impressed.