Year-End BonusSaturday, December 24, 2011
I think my Lantana does not mind hard pruning at all. Two months ago, I gave the plant some hard pruning and it is now flowering. I even saw butterflies coming for the nectar but didn't manage to snap a shot. Here is just the blooms...
Unlike the Lantana, I find that the Polka Dot plant does not like to be pruned after it has grown leggy and the leaves became small. So for this precious little rooted stem cutting, I just used a stone to press down the stem to the soil. It seems to be growing some larger leaves now :-D
At last I was able to get hold of a pot of Yellow Columnea. This plant has so many bright yellow tubular flowers growing out from its stems. And it has been looking like this for weeks!
A number of flowers on my Brinjal plant have not been able to set fruit. Each time the flowers bloomed, the rain came. I really feel sorry for this poor plant... it has been really productive in flowering but the weather makes it hard for the plant to flourish fruits.
I have only managed to harvest one fruit thus far. I stir-fried it with some baby corns and garlics. Tasted alright but next time I think I will grow those long brinjals instead... for more texture. This round brinjal is too smooth to my liking ;-)
A flower stalk just grew out between the Aloe Vera leaves last week...
I hope I will not kill this Red Iresine this time. I got this last plant from my sis-in-law.
And finally... one of the Sundew seeds that Aaron sent me (last year I think) and which I have re-sown (in March this year) has germinated. The sight of this little plant (either Drosera Intermedia 'Cuba' or Drosera Tokaiensis) makes me so happy! Glad I didn't give up watering this pot and I have been watering these sphagnum moss for a long, long time, haha... :-D
The other sweet surprise is that the Hibiscus Swamp Mallow that had dried up after flowering a while ago has re-grown and produced a number of flower buds... yay!
The Mexican Plume plant meanwhile is slowly re-blooming. Glad to see its orange bracts returning and I am so looking forward to seeing its tiny blooms again.
Another plant that blooms like Mexican Plume plant is the Green Ice Crossandra in the pic below. They have wonderful little blooms :-D
Have a blessed Christmas and hope that you will also receive your "year-end bonus" after having worked on your garden all year long :-)