Thursday, August 28, 2014

Merdeka Day Give-Away :-D

What is ahead, Malaysia? I thought one plane crash was bad enough. We had two!! No more, please!!!

Perhaps it is time to just forget about the sorrows for while now that our dear country is turning 57 on 31 August. As we celebrate our Merdeka (Independence) Day, I have something to make you happy :-)

The pictures that I have included in this post are snapshots of my garden and plants this week. In bloom below is my Green Ice Crossandra (Crossandra infundibuliformis 'Shamrock'). I thought of pruning it yesterday, good thing I didn't!

Green Ice Crossandra




















It is always not easy to keep up with blogging a lot of time. But because I know there will be always readers, followers and sometimes newbies on the blog, I am motivated to keep writing/posting. Thank you :)

Mini Hot Pepper





















The Gypsophila below was past its prime but still actively flowering and seeding. Hmm... I wonder how the plant vendors could make it grow till so densed at the time I bought it?


Gypsophila

















My garden is always changing. For the past two weeks I have been cleaning the floor and rearranging all my plants (dozens if not hundreds of them!!), thanks to several new racks that I have saving up to get for a while now. I am glad that they do make a difference -- tidier, yay! 


Black Black Flower




















I have rooted a few miniature rose stems and Mexican Flame Vine into this pot. Now why did I do that?!


Miniature rose and Mexican Flame Vine

















In the foreground is a Osmanthus fragrans. I pruned most of the foliage away to make a standard. Hope it will works.


Tea Olive





















This Gardening in Malaysia Volume 2 written by a group of practising gardeners of the Selangor and Federal Territory Gardening Society brings you a wealth of knowledge on practical information on gardening in the hot humid tropics and also how you can grow 40 plants which include annuals, ground covers and herbs successfully.



In conjuction with Merdeka Day, I am giving this book away. To win it, here's what you need to do:

1. Leave a comment on this post as you would normally do. Don't worry if you are from overseas. This book comes in a booklet size only and quite lightweight, so I can send it to you... anywhere ;-)

2. To increase your chance of winning, add me to your Google circle: Stephanie Choo (click box 'Follow' under 'About Me' on the right side of my blog :-)

3. And to further increase your chance of winning, 'LIKE' my Facebook page: My Green Finder :-)

I will draw lots to decide and announce the winner on my next posting, hopefully by first week of September.


Passiflora





















Meanwhile have a blessed weekend and for all my Malaysian friends, Happy Merdeka Day :-D

PS: Sorry no hibiscus (our national flower) to show. I saw a orange one yesterday but didn't cross my mind to get a shot of of it.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Replant and Repot

The deep pink boom of this Othello rose (Rosa 'Othello') gets lighter by the days. It is nevertheless a brilliant big rose and it is beautiful. 



Every time I look at the rose, it just reminded me of rose syrup that I wanted to make for a long long time. But with just one bloom... nah ;-)



Flaunting another angle of the rose, hehe...



There are times that I do not recognise the weeds that are growing wildly in the garden. But this time when I saw these Yellow Wood Sorrels (Oxalis corniculata), I just can't wait to pull them out from the soil. It's one of those weeds that never cease! 



Notice there is another plant growing next to it, at the bottom of the pic? It is called the Artillery Plant (Pilea microphylla). I have plenty of these in the garden. Never seems to die as well :-(



I have repotted many plants recently. One of them is my Sarracenia Juthatip Soper. It has not been flourishing well for a long time. Hence, repotted the plant into some new sphagnum moss. Do you think the plant look graceful?



This dwarf Hemigraphis sp. was wilting away at one time. This week, it has came alive as its foliage has covered back the whole pot. Also flowering...



Created any terrariums recently? Below is one of my recent works. Plucked one little Haworthia cactus from the garden to grow it inside the bottle below. After a few days, I was so glad to see the cactus flourishing inside...

My Succulents Under The Sea... (click here to see how I created this open terrarium) :-D



Have a wonderful weekend!