Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hot Favourites

I was feeling under the weather for two weeks. The flu is still bugging me and the unusual dry spell is not ending any sooner. To make matters worse the sky seems blocked as the haze is back!

Though the plants in the garden have to thrive harder for their leaves and flowers to flourish, some are doing ok. Here are some of my favourites...

Last week, many blooms emerged from my bougainvillea. They seems more pink than usual, making the shrub looks so bright and cheerful. However I would have loved it more if the shape of the top was rounder. Also I think a cat has climbed on it earlier. A branch seems to be bending down to the pot below and the bougainvillea looks a bit distorted...


Here are some of my kalanchoes. On the left in the pic below is the Kalanchoe orgyalis. Love the colour! Next to it (on the right) is Kalanchoe tomentosa. I really like its hairy texture ;-)


The other kalanchoe is Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi, commonly known as Lavender Scallop. I used to have a rare variegated type as well. Now I only have this all blueish-green type...


My pot of Amaranth Perfect Red or Red Chinese Spinach has some plants ready to be harvested again! Dug them out to cook. The leaves though were not as red as previous harvest, but they are still yummy :-)

The Podocarpus plant that is growing in my little fairy garden has grown much bigger. How I wish it will stay small longer all the time... sigh :-(


Gomphrena (Red) is the latest addition to the garden. The plant grew so lanky that it fell over the side of its pot. 


A new home for my marimos... yay!


Pink is in! Lots of pink blooms showed up from my Verbena and also Gypsophila. They appeared just around the same time as those Bougainvillea blooms. Oh, perfect timing :-D


Meanwhile, I am keeping my fingers crossed for a super heavy rain. Here is wishing you beautiful weather :-)

18 comments :

  1. Stephanie your bougainvillea is just so pretty. It is hard to find plants that stay small for these fairy gardens. I have the same problem with mine. It was a treat to come visit your pretty blooms today.

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    1. It feels good to hear from you, Lona! May the fairies in our gardens make our wishes come true - mini plants or plants that never seem to grow hehe... ;-)

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  2. I love the pink bougainvillea. It looks like B. apple blossoms which start off as white and acquire a pink blush later.

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    1. You are right Stiletto ElsieXie! It's B. apple blossoms. Sometimes the bracts don't blush so well.

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  3. Acho linda esta kalanchoe , a segunda já tenho , e as flores maravilhosas.
    beijos.
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    1. You have that kalanchoe too Simone Felic? Looks like we have quite a number of similar plants. Unfortunately for me, the plant has never bloomed in my garden... :-(

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  4. Lovely blooms Steph! Your bougainvillaea looks fantastic and the bracts are a very soft pink, I think I have only seen the hot, fuchsia pink ones before.

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    1. Aww Jane, thank you :-) I think we have more varieties for our selection here than you do. Btw, I also like those bright bougainvillea blooms. They make garden shine!

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  5. I love bougainvillea. They can get quite big in the Tropics if not pruned.

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    1. Hello Mystic Dreamer! I have seen those gigantic ones before - huge!!

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  6. Lovely flowers and plants.

    Beautiful.

    Big Kiss

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    1. Hello Perola! Glad you liked them :-D X Stephanie

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    1. Welcome to my blog and thank you for the compliments, sandy scott! Cheers, Stephanie

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  8. Hi Steph, sorry to hear you've got the flu. Hope you're better soon. Hope it rains for you - and for us. I can hardly remember when we last had a good downpour. Everything is so dry. Lots of lovely pink blooms in this post!

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    1. Thank you for asking, sue catmint. Although I feel better now, I still have a lot of phlegm in the throat :-) It's dry and hot here too. Looks like we are wishing for the same thing to happen - a good downpour!

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  9. The waether is crazy and eveyone one is getting sick! Hope you get well soon!
    That's lovely bougainvilla flower!

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    1. Yes I know the weather is crazy, Malar! I fell sick even when I was drinking lots of water... Thank you for liking the bougainvillea... you made me glad :-)

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