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I've heard many good things about this greenhouse in the city center, but still was stunned by the exceptional beauty. It was almost therapeutic to me. The lively plants made me feel that everything will be okay. This place is photogenic, with all the social-media-celebrity plants: monster leaf philodendrons, fig trees, palm trees, cacti...

In recent years, Californians are leading the trend on social media. All the tropical symbols are filling our Instagram feed. Out of jealousy, people living in the colder states are owning tropical plants, although it is often against nature. I, as a bad example, purchased a beautiful 6-foot-high Ficus Ali. Since the moment it left the plant nursery, I can tell its life was slowly draining out.  My guilt grew with the falling leaves increased, but I could not reverse the situation.


We always want what we don't have. The conflicting stage between the ideal and reality leads to our disappointment. A while back ago, I talked to a girl with adorable curly hair who felt insecure that she did not have time to straighten it. Another lady with model-skinny long legs thought she look hideous with short skirt without curves.  Our desire for straight hair or curly hair, skinny body or curvy body reflects our ambition to grow tropical plants in a unsuitable environment. We are so vulnerable when our happiness depends on things against our nature. Maybe we should just leave these tropical plants to where they belong.