中國最美私家花園 The Most Beautiful Private Garden in China


I grew up in Wuhu We had a big garden Which was cared for by my grandfather As far as I can remember I played in the garden all day long And a seed of owning a garden was planted in my heart since then In 2002, this garden struck my fancy I rented it for 50 years It covers an area of 5,000 m2 in total When I first came to see the garden, there were 3 big trees at the back Ilex purpurea with red fruits The three trees were lined in the shape of the Chinese character “品” Their shade all together reached an area of 2 mu They were more than 100 years old The three characters “San Ke Shu”(three trees) Were adopted (as the garden’s name) since then In my own garden, I make the decisions From the west to east The height variation is about 15m So I divide it into 5 levels As you enter the door, you see the first level with one lawn on each side And a 5-m wide paved path in the middle You step up the stairs, and find the second level which is a main lawn Next to the main lawn there’s a huge pond Where black swans are kept On the left is our residence It hides behind this bamboo grove Moving upward there’s a koi pond A fall and a fountain And beyond is the platform of the three trees There are over 1,000 varieties of plants in the garden Ranging from tropical species to temperate species This Bougainvillea has been kept in the garden for 16 years In the 90s, I bought 4 pots of Bougainvillea from Yunnan They cost around 30 yuan or so They were so small that even the youngest plant was no higher than 15 cm I planted them in the ground And built a big green house for the two purple enchantresses Now the Bougainvillea has become the iconic plant in this garden Summer is the season for crape myrtle I prefer blue flowers Including blue plumbago and various salvia and lavender Those flowers are elegant and fragrant Hydrangea is the star of summer Now there are about 300-400 hydrangea of different varieties in the garden San Ke Shu manor has distinct seasons In spring you see buds begin to appear on branches And grow day by day The garden glows in summer And becomes a golden sea in autumn It presents different feelings And in winter, our family move around in the big green house It’s full of blossom inside But all covered with ice and snow outside I also keep 5 peacocks here They live on the three trees in the evening In the morning, they spread their wings And fly down to the lawn Making a beautiful curve in the air They dance on the lawn For my garden I finally use old materials Some of which are even discarded ones They cost 10,000 or so in total The platform of the three trees Is built from old black bricks I spent 400 yuan and brought back a dozen carloads of bricks Generally I wake up at 5 o’clock in the morning I walk around the garden check the flowers And then pull the weeds A garden also needs primping, just like human If you don’t care for it, it would look like a mess When the sun goes down, the garden is at the most beautiful moment of a day Our family members would gather together to have afternoon tea Which is a tradition that has been kept for so many years, just like eating and sleeping It has become a part of our life Under the three trees there’s a big dining table When our relatives or friends visit, we spread a tablecloth Arrange some wild flowers and light some candles It feels ceremonious We barbecue and sing under the trees And chat No one is not allowed to step into the main lawn Only my granddaughter and the peacocks are exceptions My little granddaughter is almost 5 years old She’s interested in everything in this garden She like catching fishes and prawns And she’s not scared of insects We would roll about on the lawn together My profession is landscape photographing I spend half a year on plateaus And half a year in the garden My affection for the two kinds of place with remarkable contrast Supplement and integrate The garden represents my attitude towards life As time slowly lapses I can accept the garden as it is in four seasons Whether it flourishes with blossoms and foliage or becomes bleak and barren The garden is always great to me

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