Wake Up, PleaseTuesday, October 19, 2010
This Dahlia is a dwarf variety. The plant produces attractive fully double flowers that are orangy red and yellow in the centre. The flowers however tend to face downwards...
When the sun is bright, Begonia Fibrous succulent leaves glistens up! The surface looks like there is a layer of wax. Be gentle when watering the plant... the leaves are 'crispy'! As for its flowers, they are as magical... gorgeous and outstanding! The pics below were taken in the morning but you can still see the sheen on the leaves.
My friend from Slovenia, Beba told me she was given Begonia Tuberous as a gift when she purchased plants from a garden centre there (Btw Beba, thanks for alerting me to water these bulb plants sparingly!). Here, the price for one is pretty expensive.
As for the one in my garden, the flowers did not open as fully and the colour not as red. When I first got it from the nursery a month ago, the flowers were like a red rose. In my warm garden, unfortunately the outer petals tend to dry up quickly.
They are all bulb plants! I am finding them really interesting.
Last week, I brought out the three Amaryllis bulbs that I had 'put to sleep' in the fridge two months ago (see my earlier post). They are now potted in small containers after I left them sitting on water for a day. I hope to see flower scapes grow out from the bulbs soon... keeping my fingers crossed :-)
The book, Bulbs for All Seasons by Kathy Brown gave me further insights on bulbs. I must say that I am fortunate to have gotten hold of it in a local bookshop (it was the only one left!). I especially love all its detailed illustrations.
Although the content is more applicable for gardeners in temperate climate, I picked up a number of great tips that are useful for my tropical garden e.g. charcoal 'sweetens' water - charcoal keeps water fresh and untainted. This tip is really useful whenever I sit plant or root plant in water.