|My first and personal photo of azaleas in Xiamen on my first day.|
Azeala in Spring Tu Fu’s poignant allusion to the azalea is immortalized in “Alone, Looking For Blossoms Along the River,” the last stanza reading:
“I don’t so love blossoms I want to die, I’m afraid,
Once they are gone; of old age still more impetuous,
And they scatter gladly, by the branchful. Let’s talk
Things over little buds – open delicately, sparingly.”
And this Haiku from the Japanese poet, Matsu Basho, writing in the 17th century:
have they been dyed by the red
tears of the cuckoo."
|Googled this old photo - Fujian University students with Azaleas....|
|When you see this you can understand why azaleas are so popular for landscaping. (Photo from Google)|
In recent years landscape designers use azaleas to colour the green expanses of the Fujian roadsides. Azaleas when potted have only flowers and no leaves.They are so fantastic from afar.
But in my mind Azaleas will invoke my mother's love for great songs and pretty flowers on hill slopes.....the inner strength of women in times of war.....and the land of my ancestors.
And I hope that you too would be blessed like me...to see Azaleas on the hill slopes of Fujian....