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Sanyu (San Yu or Chang Yu常玉)

Sanyu born 14 October 1901 in Nanchong, Sichuan Province, was a Chinese-French painter.  The family’s wealth (Dehe Silk Factory) allowed Sanyu to be schooled at home which included calligraphy lessons and painting lessons.  In 1931, he travelled to Paris with Xu Beihong and later to Berlin.   After two years in Berlin, Sanyu returned to Paris … Continue reading

Souvenir de la Malmaison

This rose is dedicated to Josephine de Beauharnais or more commonly known as the first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte; Empress Josephine of France.  She purchased Chateau de Malmaison in 1799 and had it landscaped in an English garden style.  The garden was noted for its wide collections of rose species. Pierre Joseph Redoute was commissioned … Continue reading

Sweet Juliet

This rose is named after Juliet Capulet, a character in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.  One of Juliet’s famous quote in the play is “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose.  By any other name would smell as sweet.” (Act II, Scene II).  A profound statement which suggested that a name is simply to … Continue reading

Smallest and Largest Rose in the World

While looking at my small roses, I wondered how did the world largest roses looked like.  Google for the image was unsuccessful.  However, it was recorded that the largest rose is said to be bred by Nikita K Rulhoksoffski from San Onofre, California.  The rose is pink in colour and measure approximately 33 inches which … Continue reading

The Perfoliated Rose

The phenomenon of flower perfoliation is now called proliferation.  It is a deformity, whereby the stem continues to grow through the open flower, usually centrally but occasionally to one side.  The picture below shown an example of a perfoliated rose illustrated by Pierre Joseph Redoute’s from his book titled The Roses. 

A Rose for Roald Dahl

‘Roald Dahl’ a new peach colour variety rose cultivated by David Austin to mark the 100 years birth of this beloved author, who also love gardening.  The young buds are a beautiful soft orange-red, the red reminiscent of the blush found on an actual peach. When fully open, they form medium-sized, cupped rosette blooms which … Continue reading

A visit to Marina Bay Sand

Rain Oculus 2010 by Ned Kahn.  I was amazed by the giant acrylic dish installed at Marina Bay Sand.  The awesomeness was not only on the size but the effect.  If you stand apart from each other as far as possible and speak into the dish in normal tone, you can hear each other clearly … Continue reading