Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Best Things Are Often Unexpected

My variegated Gardenia produces inconspicuous flower buds so when I spotted one flower recently, I was surprised by its sudden appearance. Anyway, I love the smell and its white petals. It's such a charming flower!



Btw, giving gardenia flowers to someone means telling the person that "You are lovely!" Have you given one to someone before? ;-)

A few all-green leaves emerged from my Peperomia obtusifolia 'Variegata' plant. The green shade is so different from the green on the variegated leaves. Still they look really healthy.




On the same plant rack, and in the same pot, as my Gloxinia plants, I am rooting a leaf from my African Violet. Hope to see a baby plant soon. Looks promising!




My blue Plumbago was happily blooming last week. The mild sun made the flowers look extra pretty (not glaring at all) :-D

And the red bloom in the next pot is Portulaca. The annual is everblooming!



The pot of Portulacaria atria that I placed at the top of the strawberry pot below has grown bushier than before. The flowering plant behind is Spider Tresses (botanical name: Strophanthus preussii). The blooms however didn't last long due to the heavy rainfalls. 



And the unfortunate has happened... my mini watermelon has cracked (or was it eaten by a garden intruder?) even before it has fully ripen :-( So now, I have to wait for another fruit, sigh...



Meanwhile the bloom of my Tillandsia 'Multiflora' is still morphing and I can see more red leaves flourishing from the centre this week.



Here is a combo planter I planted two months ago. It is a combination of an Aster laevis, a Gypsophila and an Alternanthera cultivar.



Have a lovely day!

Monday, December 8, 2014

B-r-o-m Time

There is nothing as satisfying as seeing the bromeliads in my garden blooming and glowing. I am so glad to see a few of them blooming at the same time. The wait is over, yay!



Not sure if this is the norm... the flower stalks of my Billbergia pyramidalis grew towards the direction where there is greater sunlight. The bright orangy-red of the flower heads were outstanding. They look like torches.



Earlier, after they emerged from the foliage, they grew taller and the flower heads opened up really fast. 



They however took some time to rise above the foliage. I spotted them one morning and thought how attractive they will be when the flower heads open. And indeed as you can from the first pic, they were :-D



The other bromeliads that were about to send their flower stalks are Guzmania lingulata and...



...Tillandsia 'Multiflora'... all red flower stalks!!



Meanwhile, my Rosa 'Othello' has been quite productive. This flower is slightly lower than the other one which has blossomed on a tall stem but it is smaller in size.



A rose-like flower form my Gloxinia lasted for a week! The weather was really cooling. We had no sun for many days hence the petals did not wilt and able to just stay on the plant a longer period of time.



I  love the sight of my Hibiscus acetosella 'Red Shield' as the flower is sweet and cheery at the same time. 



It is fun to grow some edibles. And here are flowers and a fruit of my latest edible addition - Mini watermelon....



I hope the wild squirrel wouldn't detect this fruit... else I would have no chance to eat it.



Last but not least, The Beautiful Phalaenopsis! It has been flowering non-stop and these two flowers are the longest lasting ones thus far. I am seeing another flower stalk growing behind this stalk, yippie!



Have a lovely day!