HEADLINE Chinese couple turn roof into flower paradise


Chinese couple turn roof into flower paradise

By Terry Guanlin Li | People's Daily app

02:30, March 31, 2018


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Lagurus, Helleborus niger, Bridal wreath, Heath, Lupinus polyphyllus, lavender – planting flowers is quite an experience.

According to Chongqing Evening News, a young flower-loving married couple in Chongqing decided it was time to take their fondness of flora and fauna to the next level and built a 200-square meter nursery on the roof where they live, where 500 different types of flowers grow.

Comments posted on Chinese social media reveal the garden’s location, the top of an apartment building at Eling Secondary Factory’s Creative Culture Park in Chongqing.


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Even when the front door is locked, bright colors and fragrant smells fill the neighborhood and lure curious strangers inside. When the door is ajar, people can see the couple tending to their flower nursery.
Born in the 1990’s, they are the proud and happy parents of one-year old baby and run a floral studio at the Eling Secondary Factory. They don’t use their real names and instead prefer to be called Mr. Rabbit and Mrs. Rabbit.


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The garden was created so they could enjoy nature every day and smell the different seasons. They tend to the flowers when the sun is out and spend afternoons reading in the room next to the garden. Their dreams of nature and beauty have come to fruition on their little rooftop. 
Mrs. Rabbit said they both especially love to plant roses. “We have several kinds of roses on our patio, and our friends like to visit, so we wanted a bigger space since our patio cannot hold too many people.”
The Rabbits rented a space on the roof of their apartment building to make the “Realm of Roses.” 

“Flowers bloom one at a time, flowers fade one at a time, we live and die one at a time, we gather and leave one at a time, all things have their own time, as we shall embrace the time,” they said while explaining the meaning of their Garden at Time.


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With only roses, the garden is a little boring, and cannot solely satisfy their need for flowers. They decided to separate the garden into six sections, each with their own theme or style, such as wild flowers, strawberries, dessert, Italian vanilla, Zen garden, and Edenic tropical. And even with all the flowers, the garden does not have any bugs. It is clear they take excellent care of the flowers, but it’s not easy.
“In fact, each flower has a unique characteristic, so getting to know them before planting helps.”


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Finding the right mix of water and soil is necessary, and this helps the couple create an ecosystem where the plants can thrive.
Mrs. Rabbit shared a few garden secrets, yet Mr. Rabbit did not want to disclose the cost of the garden.
“Although construction is complete, maintaining the garden requires extra work,” said Mr. Rabbit, adding that choosing the right time to plant each flower is a rewarding experience when they reach full bloom.
“The garden is not stationary, every beautiful moment here belongs to time,” said Mr. Rabbit.


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“Flowers bloom and wilt. We love the garden, but we also want to share it with others. The garden is open to the public, and I’m always happy to provide our visitors with seeds and show them planting techniques” he said.

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