Just a hop skip and a jump away from Mark's apartment is the Taipei flower market. It is open on weekends and we headed there the first weekend of our visit.
WIth Chinese New Year just over a month away there are a number of stalls selling the lucky bamboo.
The plant is actually not a bamboo but Dracaena sanderiana, and represents happiness, wealth and longevity. The requirements for a happy life.
I'm not sure what these plants were but they seem to like growing in these balls of compressed sphagnum moss. I believe the term for this is Kokedama and is a form of Japanese bonsai. The presence of bonsai and other Japanese influences in Taiwan is not unusual as Taiwan was ruled by Japan from 1895-1945. I think I have new plans for the package of sphagnum moss I have in the potting shed.
But the showiest sights of all were the orchid and bougainvillea stalls.
How I wished I could have brought home a bundle of these bare root orchids.
They were just a couple of dollars a bundle.
The little cactus were less than $2 a pot too.
and a wide selection of bulbs.
Sprouts and sprouting aids
And we even met the man in the photograph who covers himself with bees. He was just selling honey that day.
And then it was off for lunch to a traditional Taiwanese restaurant.
I got to pick from a selection of tapas dishes.
Little fishes with peanuts, lotus root, sea weed and eggplant. That was just for starters.