Horticulture Corner: Hutong Vines

I stumbled across this doorway swathed in flowering vines while becoming lost (and subsequently less and less lost until I found my way back to the hotel) in a nearby hutong in Beijing. The contrast of grey stone walls to the red door and bright green flowering vines was brilliant. I loved the hutongs, and especially the ones with courtyard or rooftop gardens that often featured tomatoes and other vegetables being grown as produce along with the vines and flowers. You could get lost and see many a beautiful, tiny garden before you got found again.

I don't know what those characters mean - other than the brightly painted door, this doorway appeared to be just like any other household entrance.

I don’t know what those characters mean – other than the brightly painted door, this doorway appeared to be just like any other household entrance.

I'd seen this orangey-red flowering vine several times on this trip, but never in such abundance and with so many flowers as this spot.

I’d seen this orangey-red flowering vine several times on this trip, but never in such abundance and with so many flowers as this spot.

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