Sunday, October 26, 2014

Objects of Obsession

Brilliant blooms are attractive even when they are small in size. Past few weeks have been really great for certain plants. Though there were storms and even thunders, my Monocostus uniflorus benefited from the wet weather.

The plant was blooming almost non-stop though the blooms were emerging one-by-one. The cooler temperature has certainly brought much comfort for this petite spiral ginger :-)

I have been replanting Scenecio confusus 'Sao Paulo' due to its very attractive flowers. The vine tends to turn brown (dry up) after some time. 

And it seems that it likes to stretch out far. After I took below photo, I put a bamboo stake for it to climb onto.  I hope the vine would be happier and bloom more flowers!

Oh, where are my watering cans? As if you don't notice them, haha... Wish they were black (and the bin too!) so that they don't stand out like a sore thumb in my garden :P

These chillies certainly make my garden look bountiful, haha... 

One group of plants that I like to collect is Kalanchoe. This Kalanchoe pinnata flourished several "babies" from its leaf. I am so fascinated by how it can just produce those little plants so easily.

Another new Kalanchoe added to my garden recently is this Kalanchoe delagoensis, commonly called Chandelier plant or Mother of Millions. Little plantlets are growing on the tips of its leaves now... 

Delighted by the juicy and very sweet flesh of a pineapple I ate the other day, I decided to plant its head into a pot after rooting it in water. Glad I found a space for it to settle in ;-)

Though some plants bear tiny flowers, they look amazing when they blossom lots of them. Cuphea hyssopifolia or Mexican False Heather is a good example. Don't you think so?

I thought this Caixin 'Hong Kong' (a leafy vegetable from the Mustard Family) would grow bigger leaves during rainy days. But I was wrong. I suppose I need to harvest them already as one plant has already sent out a stalk of tiny yellow flowers...

My Dendrobium orchids are still intact... yippie!

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Delight in Chevron

Where flowers bloom, so does hope -- Lady Bird Johnson

The Dendrobium orchid flower buds blossomed one by one and they are two sprays of them now. Pale pink so sweet. I like! But I just wish they are more orchids.

The other orchid that is in bloom is the Phalaenopsis bellina, called The Beautiful Orchid. The flower also blossomed one by one.

Polygonum capitatum or commonly known as Pink Knotweed, a volunteer plant or rather weed that just left it grow to trail down the container. 

The leaves have a chevron marking on it. Lovely when in bloom as the shrub is crowded with pink pinheads.

After a very heavy rain, I saw a ripen black berry! Botanically named Morus nigra, the little shrub's heart-shaped leaves are more obvious than the fruits as they are big, hence hiding the fruits.

The most robust and plant of all is Euphorbia millii, also known as Crown of Thorns. This one has pretty small pink blooms.

Berries of Rivina humilis or Pigeon Berry plant -- oh yeah! They are so small yet so bright. I love berry-bearing plants!

Last but not least, the top of a really sweet pineapple that I had the other day is already rooting. Well, I am just doing this for the fun of it. No space actually to grow a pineapple in my garden :-P

Nonetheless, happy gardening!