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Offline t k

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My favorite flower.
« on: April 18, 2017, 07:22:26 am »
This azalia (Rhododendron mucronulatum, Korean rhododendron, Korean rosebay) is my favorite because

1. They are modest.
2. They are feminine.
3. They rise early, blooming before the leaves.
4. They are friendly, found near, as well as far up.
5. They fall graciously.

The best known poet of Korea wrote this the best known poem on it.  I would say the superlatives are unanimous.
Here is my first attempt at translating the poem, any poem, as the translations I found on the net gave me such different feelings from the original.

Azalea - by Sowol Kim

If you go, to turn from me
Will I let you go
Without a word

Bless your treads I will
With azaleas
Armful from Yaksan, Yeongbyeon

Comfort me with soft steps
On the flowers
That I offer

If you go, to turn from me
Will I bite my lips
Against parlous tears

* Yaksan is a hill in the place called Yeongbyeon, presently in North Korea.


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Re: My favorite flower.
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2017, 08:46:04 am »
I can see why that's your favourite flower. Lovely pic.

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Re: My favorite flower.
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2017, 12:32:43 pm »
Azaleas are lovely.  In and around Charleston, South Carolina, where I lived for ten years, azaleas thrived.  The climate and soil were perfect for them to grow, and they did everywhere!  Here is one such place that they were cultivated: http://www.magnoliaplantation.com/gardens.html

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Offline t k

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Re: My favorite flower.
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2017, 02:38:16 am »
Azaleas for gardens have various and vivid colors, and their leaves come before flowers.  --- tk

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Re: My favorite flower.
« Reply #4 on: Today at 09:12:03 am »
We have four kinds of azaleas.  Here are two more kinds that come later than the first one in the original post.  The second kind in the two photos has all the merits as the first except that it blooms after the leaves.  The last photo shows the garden type.  --- tk