Finally, these lovely bulbs are in bloom today. Notice the container. This antique is over 100 years old and was specifically made for forcing bulbs to coincide with the day or so before Chinese New Year. You may know the red envelope is filled with money and is typically given by elders to their unmarried juniors (for example, uncle to niece, mom to son, grandmother to granddaughter, etc). If you're lucky, your elders won't pay too much attention to the married piece and give you a red envelope anyway (I'm lucky).
I'm a day early for GBBD this month, so starting tomorrow, check out May Dreams Gardens to see what's blooming in the rest of the world.
Autumn Belle has written several posts about how she has been preparing for and celebrating Chinese New Year. Check out this post - as well as the posts around it to learn more!
Have a romantic Valentine's day (or have fun rebelling against it if this is more your style), and gung hay fot choy if you're celebrating the lunar new year!