Friday, November 18, 2011

macro flowers: Chinese Glory Bower

In NTU, Singapore, my friend J gave me the original plant. Her friends brought them specially from India. I dub it as Indian Jasmine. It's common name is Chinese Glory Bower. Scientific Name: Clerodendrum chinense.

These plants have very fragrant flowers, cluster of flowers forming a ball. The flowers are pinkish purple and are more beautiful than the ordinary jasmine. They are bigger and have multiple layers of petals.

It is ironic as some one who grows plants and love flowers, I can't have flowers in the house. Actually I would love receiving flowers, but I can't keep them at home. We has a terrible allergy reaction from pollen grains. If I bring flowers home, the moment he comes home, he will ask,"What's the stinky smell?" and I would have to throw out my flowers.

This has been a blessing in disguise. I made many friends through my flowers. My bushes of Chinese Glory Bower had bloomed lots of flowers. My friend A.'s husband had been very sick for a long time. Every morning, I leave this Chinese Glory Bower at her door. She knows it is from me and I don't want to disturb her. "It cheered him a lot to see you stalk of Chinese Glory Bower."

***Sadly to say, he died after a few surgeries.***

Origin: China, Japan; naturalized in southern United States and throughout tropics.

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Ginny Hartzler said...

This is a beautiful and very fancy flower. I have never seen or heard of it. So awful about your friend's husband, I bet you are so glad you gave the flowers! Too many people only get flowers at their funeral, when it is too late. Give them now, while they are still with you!!!

MaR said...

Lovely flower! and a lovely gesture to your friend.

Joyful said...

Beautiful flower. Sorry to hear of your friend's husband but I am glad he enjoyed your flowers. Thanks for visiting my pic today. I don't have any succulents on my patio. the other plants are fine because mostly they are annuals.

Jama said...

These are so pretty! I've never seen them here before..

Magia da Inês said...

º° ♥✿
Olá, amiga!
Gosto muito de flores mas não conheço essas. São muito bonitas e gosto da cor.
Bom fim de semana!


Anonymous said...

so lovely, both the gesture and the pic.

Modern Mom said...

It's lovely!

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Carletta said...

So sorry at the loss of your friend's husband. I'm glad he enjoyed your thoughtfulness of gifting these lovely blooms on his doorstep.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful flowers.

The JR said...

Beautiful. It looks like a bouquet of tiny roses.