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Up Next in 108 Flowers - Book 4

  • Shrimp Plant

    My family specialized in horse painting for generations. I enjoy doing creatures of all kinds. A few years back, I did an animal painting series on PBS. The little shrimp was among other creatures like tiger, horse, crane, and panda bear. It is a fantastic brush painting subject. Some Chinese art...

  • Silk Gourd

    I walked around my class one day smelling like melon. I discovered the shampoo I picked up at the two-for-one sale was "watermelon scented."

    When we were in grade school, melon head meant being a total idiot. It was very hard to get rid of the scent.

    Silk gourd is, however, an exception. It has...

  • Snap Dragon

    This (snapdragon) is one of the best names for a plant. It is clever. It is playful. It is actually more Chinese than its Chinese name.

    "Why is this plant called the snapdragon?" I asked a lady.
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