Tuesday, February 09, 2010

향기로운 봄꽃

It is still quite some time away before the spring flowers bloom but my mind is already eagerly anticipating their 'comeback'. My three favourite spring flowers are Cherry Blossom, Lavender and Tulip.

Cherry Blossom @ KHU (벚꽃, 樱花) or 'Cheery' Blossom (because they cheer people up) only last for a week in early April. Despite that, 3 days are all you have to see them at their best - the day before peak, the peak and the day after peak. Their beauty lie in their sheer number. Cherry Blossom is beautiful so is cherry blossom rain. 벚꽃비를 맞는 산뜻한 느낌은 평생 잊지 못 하는 느낌이 될 것 같다.

Lavender @ Goyang (라벤더, 薰衣草). What I like about Lavender is their fragrance. Sweeping my hand through them is like dipping my hand into a bottle of diluted Lavender essential oil. The smell was light, sweet and calming. I had contemplated going to a Lavender farm in Goseong, Gangwon Province but gave up eventually as it was too out of the way. 향기로운 라벤더를 보면 한눈에 반할지도 모르겠다.

Tulip @ Goyang (튤립, 郁金香). It is hard not to like tulips. Their beauty is their sheer elegance. Anywhere they are planted, the atmosphere of the place will be elevated. Tulips have to be planted in autumn before the first snow and be exposed to cold before they can bloom in spring. Flowers that endure winter and bloom in spring are my inspiration. 겨울엔 얼어죽지 않고 봄엔 활짝 피어 있는 튤립의 아담한 모습은 내 인생 최고의 목표이다.

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