Monday, March 2, 2015

Pink CNY

This year, my plants seems to be 'enjoying' the Chinese New Year more than I do. The weather was hotter than usual and I stayed indoor most of the time. But my plants, they are sending beautiful flushes of blooms. And it happens to be more of pink ones!

Look, my Desert Rose basking in the sun and shouting for attention...



My bougainvillea that has not been flowering nor growing lushly, bloomed for weeks. I was enjoying how the blooms blushed to pink by the days. Then recently when the rain came pouring, all its blooms dropped... sigh!



In front of the Bougainvillea is the little dwarf Azalea that I propagated from a cutting years ago... sweet?



This pot of dwarf Azalea (mother plant of the Azalea above) which I bought for 2011 CNY, bloomed again -- for this year's CNY :-D The pic below shows how it was before I left home to my hometown for CNY...



This is how it looked now! All buds and flowers opened!!



Close-up view of the gorgeous flowers...



Before CNY, my Medinilla sp. sent out its last bunch of flowers. Lovely sight to behold :-)


Meanwhile, this pot of Japanese knotweed (Polygonum capitatum) that I let grow and then pruned a month ago, has now grown denser and sent out lots of tiny spikes of blooms.



Close-up view of the pink pinheads... interesting?



The other shrub that I pruned was the Chinese Fringe Flower plant. Shortly after, the shrub flowered profusely...



Next, I hope to see my Gloxinia flowering soon. The flower bud below (in the centre of the pic) looks rather small now. Still, I hope it will develop properly and the flower would be large.



Also, I hope this spike of blooms from my Coral Ardisia would set fruit and develop into berries. Oh, I am so excited!



And I am happy to see my Peace Lily blooming after a long rest...



To all my Malaysian followers, I hope you have had a good rest (CNY or not!) and now already back to work, haha... 

Here my Senecio confuses 'Sao Paulo' for your admiration ;-)



You have a wonderful day :-)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cutting Back

Would a tulip flourishes here? Nope, but the Siam Tulip does :-D 

The stalk of inflorescence below that emerged from the pot of Siam Tulips in my garden has developed fully this week. The formation of bright purplish-pink top bracts does resemble the real tulip. And there are tiny white and purple flowers that popped up randomly from the pockets of the lower bracts. It is fun to make a guess which pocket will have a flower showing next!



My Maranta leuconeura var. erythroneura sent out a few flowers on a long stem. The flower below is one of them. It's really tiny -- can you see it?



Inside my house, in one of the terrariums, I noticed that a patch of yellow stain on the white-crushed gravels seems to have turned darker by the weeks. Probably not a good idea to use these kind of crushed gravels as part the decor items in a terrarium. Also, one cactus seems to be growing into a funny shape. Can you spot it? It is the one in front, on the right hand side of the sphere-shaped terrarium below...


Few months ago, I was given two cuttings of the Alternanthera with variegated leaves. Glad they rooted easily and flourished quickly...


I have enjoyed looking at the little bush from the top each time I passed by it. Anyway, growing Alternanthera shrubs give me a lot of satisfaction. They not only bring colours to the garden, they are easy to care for and have pretty foliage.


The other Alternanthera plants that are in the garden are more colourful. This particular one looks red all the time...


But this Alternanthera variety has more green than red...


This week, my Episcia bloomed again. Look at these red blooms... cute :-)


Copper leaf plant (Chrysothemis pulchella) is another plant that gives me a lot of delight. Love the bright yellow flowers and the fact that the plant never fails to bounce back from dehydration. It also blooms reliably!


I spotted an umbel of white Plumbago flowers early one morning. The blooms look sweet when the sunlight is less intense -- isn't it?


I cut back a number of plants and got rid of the weeds in the pots. The Nepenthes sp. below however was not pruned as I thought that the vine still look good.


I discarded three bagfuls of foliage. Still, there are more plants that need pruning, so to be continued... 

Meanwhile, you have a great day!