Hello October! The word October comes from the word 'Octo', which means eight, as this was the eighth month. In ancient Roman times, this month was filled with celebrations in honour of the wine god Bacchus, which include feasts, games, and consuming lots of wine. We’re dedicating this month to all things related to food, as an ode to the harvest season and the time of year when our tables are filled with an abundance of autumnal produce.
FLORA AND FAUNA
October is the perfect time to enjoy Hong Kong’s natural beauty. As the weather starts to cool take the opportunity to explore the city’s gardens and country parks. The floss silk tree will be in bloom with delicate pink flowers, which can be found in Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens. The exotic looking ivory coral trees will be in full bloom in Cherry Street Park and Mong Kok.
October sees the last of Dahlia season, stock up on Harvest Moon arrangements which feature these beautiful blooms, they won’t be back til next summer!
This month’s full moon is often called the Hunter’s Moon falling on October 13th. According to legend October’s full moon signals the time to go hunting and to prepare for winter. It reflects the time of year when farmers have finished their harvest, which meant the hunters could easily see the fattened deer and other animals coming out into the fields to gather leftover grain from the harvest. Other names for October’s full moon are Sanguine or Blood Moon, associated with the blood from hunting or the changing colour of the leaves in autumn.
The birthstone for October is opal, the name originates from the Greek word opallios, which means “to see a change in color.” According to Arabic legend the stones fell from the sky in bolts of lighting. While Australian aboriginals believed the creator of the earth left the stones on the ground where his feet touched the ground. During the Middle ages people believed opals possessed the powers of each gemstone whose color appeared in its sheen, making it a very lucky stone to wear.
The annual Food Summit is a two day culinary and food tech event which consists of talks, panels, launches as well as plenty of opportunities for eating. The summit aims to inspire and initiate change within the world of food. Discover more about the event here.
This month we’ve partnered with John Masters Organics to host a series of Flower Shop Pop-Ups in their stores. Come and shop our wild-inspired bouquets, flower jars, and home fragrance, all Floristry purchases get a free beauty treat. Find out more here.
BE THERE is back with their second event this year, hosting a design market in Kwun Tong featuring 15+ designers, artists, and creatives. A full range of zines, posters, prints, illustrations, apparel, knick-knacks, souvenirs, and more will be available between 12-8pm on October 19th. Full details here.
We share one of our favourite poems by John Keats that sums up the month for us
"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells."
- John Keats, To Autumn
GET THE LOOK
Shop the last of the season’s Dahlias with our Harvest Moon Bouquets and Flower Jars
Harvest Moon Flower Bouquet
Harvest Moon Flower Jar
Harvest Moon Bud Vase