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Blooms thrive in heat

WHILE most people feel as though they might start melting in the heat, some of the plants at the World Expo appear to be reveling in it.

Kim Jarrett, the New Zealand Pavilion's garden designer, hopes the weather gets hotter since the more than 3,000 tropical plants on the pavilion's rooftop garden have flourished during the heat wave.

About 14 species of plants at the New Zealand Pavilion were first planted in Guangzhou, where it's warmer than Shanghai, for fear they would not adjust to the weather here. The pavilion also prepared some substitute plants just in case.

However, the plants look "happier" than they were at home, Jarrett said.

The pavilion now plans to leave the thriving plants in the city when the Expo ends, according to a media spokesperson of the pavilion.

The Singapore Pavilion has seen its orchids on the rooftop garden bounce back splendidly after nearly dying in May, a pavilion employee said.

The pavilion's gardeners said orchids grow best when it's really hot. They said they were worried about the flowers once the temperature drops.

The yellow and red tulips at the Netherlands Pavilion are also doing well, but mostly because they are inside a greenhouse.

An employee there said the heat is fine, but that the humidity is too high for the flowers.

She said the temperature and humidity is controlled inside the greenhouse so the flowers will be fine.

A media spokesperson at the Saudi Arabia Pavilion said the 50 palm trees at its garden had grown significantly since the Expo opened on May 1.

The palm trees were transplanted from China's Hainan Island as they are similar to those in Saudi Arabia.

In Houtan Park, built on a former industrial site and now a regenerative living landscape by the Huangpu River, hundreds of blooming sunflowers have attracted a lot of visitors, who like to pose next to them for photographs.


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