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!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Morning Dragonfly

One morning, I woke up earlier than usual and as I was walking towards the watering can, I noticed a dragonfly perched on my orchid, resting on the spray of flower buds. Never moved a bit and for a long time. It was not even disturbed by my presence as I (and my camera!) was so near the insect! 

Still sound asleep, my dear friend?

A  friend who visited my garden had asked if I sell plants. This time round, I was asked another rather peculiar question. She asked if the blooms on my dwarf Azalea in pic below are plastic flowers. 

Oh, no way! Btw, there is another white one blooming in the garden as well (see the pic after Gloxinia below), I told her.

The other plant which caught my attention is the Euphorbia 'Breathless Blush' bush that is growing at the edge of my porch. Its little white blooms looked rather outstanding in the morning with just a little light. Still, I wished it could flower prolifically... 

The orange Hibiscus flowers were partly opened... looks like yawning and about to wake up, hehe...

And later in the afternoon, the bloom was opened fully....

At another part of the garden, my yellow Hibiscus has bounced back with more leaves after a prune few weeks ago. I spotted a flower too! I took the pic below in the afternoon when the sky was rather cloudy. 

No harsh afternoon sunlight so the yellow is very close to the actual colour of the flower :-D

Last month, I repotted three Gloxinias into a little long trough. The leaves are now growing vigorously and I noticed that there are already flower buds growing out from one of the shrubs. 

Oh yeah! Flowers about to blossom soon!

But not so for my Thyme (foreground of pic below). This wonderful aromatic shrub has never flower before :-( Btw, the white Azalea I mentioned earlier is at the background of pic below...

And last but not least, is my Plumbago White. Lovely...

Life is like a mirror. It will smile at you if you smile at it :-)