Complex of Love
Moments of “bitter love”, “Longing”, and “heartbreaking”……
In 2006, I read a book “Fruit-watch in Taiwan”, written by Ms. Lai Lijuan. She ingeniously described the flowering seasons of Chinaberry (Melia azedarach) and Taiwan Acacia (Acacia confusa) as “Bitter Love in March” and “Longing in April”. I thumbed through “Check List of Hong Kong Plants” and eventually found Graceful Jesamine (Gelsemium elegans) and extended the phrase by adding “Heartbroken in May – Hong Kong version”. I was actually quite pleased with that article as a response at a distance to Ms. Lai in Taiwan. Since then, I have been looking for the habitat of Graceful Jesamine in a hope to take shots of its flowers and fruits as the record for “The Vale of Trees”. In February 2011, my dream was finally realized.
Graceful Jesamine (Gelsemium elegans) is a Hong Kong native climber belongs to the Loganiaceae family and Gelsemium genus. It flower in November and fruit in February. As it is known as one of the four poisonous plants in Hong Kong, its habitat is unnaturally forced to shrink by human. The limited community of Graceful Jesamine I found was in Cloudy Hill. It always takes me 3-4 hours to go up and down the hill to do the photo shooting. It’s really a profound experience!
After the Valentine's Day in February, Chinaberry steps in its flowering season; followed by Taiwan Acacia in April and then Graceful Jesamine. These are the moments of “bitter love”, “longing”, and “heartbreaking”. It’s sentimentally touching, isn’t it?