travel and life with lee mylne

Going green on Valentine’s Day

Roses are red…or are they? On Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share these glorious green “roses” that are all the rage in Thailand, where I’ve just spent a wonderful week.

Made from pandan leaves, they popped up several times during my stay. On arrival at Koh Yao Yai Village, a resort on an island between Phuket and Krabi in southern Thailand a garland was strung around my wrist in welcome. At the end of it, were three of these lovely hand-made “roses”.

DSC_0611In my room – or rather, the 73 square metre bungalow that I had all to myself – more roses awaited on the king-size bed. All the Thai folk art that adorns the resort’s accommodation is hand-made by the islanders, and the roses are no exception.

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When I headed to the Kao Spa for a massage (using oils and local herbs), a bouquet of pandan roses was part of a display in the reception area.

These roses have everything going for them. Natural, affordable, eco-friendly and original. I’d love to have brought some home with me, but I don’t think the Customs officials would have approved! Instead, I have to be content with these photographs.

Happy Valentine’s Day. May your day be filled with love.

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4 Responses to “Going green on Valentine’s Day”

  1. Browsing the Atlas

    So pretty! And you’re right – environmentally sustainable. I’d never thought about them from that angle. There are people in the parks in the American South who make these out of palm fronds and other long leaves. It’s fun to watch them.

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