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Sunday, February 09, 2014

My hippeastrum sent out its last stalk of flowers last week. It took a long while this time round for the flower stalk to appear and leaves to flourish after the 'forcing process' earlier. 

It was amazing to see how well the blooms tolerated the heat. It was so hot during Chinese New Year! 



Another plant that has done well is my Holmskioldia sanguinea vine. It is flowering in profusion! Oh, I am so glad :-)




However, the week before the flowers were not so plenty. Also, I caught a little yellow-bellied sunbird feeding on the nectar from the vine. Let me know if you can spot it in the pic below :-)



Nerium oleander 'Pink' also blossomed some flowers. Oh, the flowers are so pink and bright! 



Few months ago I managed to gather all the items needed to build one little fairy garden. It is so nice to see a fairy appearing at one corner of my garden now, haha...

Love to create one yourself? Read this article to find out how I came out with mine :-)



Last but not least, a baby marimo... I didn't expected it to multiply so soon. It's so cute!!



Have a great week and happy CNY!

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24 comments

  1. That Oleander is just so pretty. Love the bright red bloom on your Hippeastrum too. So much color. I am longing for color. LOL! The Fairy garden is so sweet. They are such fun to create. Have a wonderful week ahead Steph.

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    1. Aww... Lona, you are the sweetest! I remember seeing your fairy garden before. Yours was super cute and of course sweet :-) Wish you will have lots of colours in your garden soon. Meanwhile keep warm ;-)

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  2. O que é o marimo? eu não conheço o que é
    estou curiosa, lindas flores.
    bjs
    http://eueminhasplantinhas.blogspot.com.br/

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    1. Marimo is moss ball http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marimo
      It looks like a cute pom-pom. It's fascinating to see many marimos put inside an aquarium-like container.

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  3. I love amaryllis, too bad they don't bloom more often.

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    1. Hello Mystic Dreamer, this one don't even bloom if I don't 'force it' to do so. Here is how I did it... step-by-step in picture...
      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=706901079338399&set=a.186165801411932.52039.183209405040905&type=1&theater

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  4. Hi Steph.

    I don’t force my amaryllis bulbs. I just leave them in the ground and let nature do her thing!

    I don’t have a Chinese Hat plant, but it looks very nice. It would do well in Bermuda.

    Oleander, of course! Is yours potted? They can be trained as standards, but no one does that here (and they get quite unruly).

    I had to look up Marimo. How odd!

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    1. Hi Prospero,

      The amaryllis plants that are growing in my garden, only the 'Mrs Garfield' flowers without any intervention from me.

      Re Chinese Hat plant, yes I think it will do well at your place. In fact I think one of the reasons that this vine is flowering in profusion was due to the rare cooler weather we experienced few weeks before. However, there is some price to pay to grow this vine. Firstly, the vine scrambles to all directions and its roots grow vigorously. Mine, the root had grown out of the bottom of the container and lifted a few tiles off the wall in my garden! :-(

      I remember you put a note last time about Oleander that it can be grown into a standard. I am trying to do so. Yes the plant is growing in a pot. Thank you.

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    2. I grew all my Amaryllis plants from seed (German hybrids) and maybe that's why they have adapted to their own rhythm.

      Thanks for the advice on the Hat Plant. Planted in my yard, it sounds as though it may be invasive. I'm always on the lookout for that.

      The Europeans are good at training their oleanders into standards and they look quite amazing.

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    3. Oh that's a good thought. Hmm... I really have to learn to sow better. Btw my friend who came and saw that Hat Plant when it was in full bloom last week, just disregard the fact that the roots can be invasive and quickly insisted to have a few cuttings. 'So pretty!', she said repeatedly hehe... Will check out those standards. Thank you.

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  5. Hello Stephanie!:) Happy Chinese New Year!:) I had to look really hard before I spotted the yellow sunbird.:) I was also attracted to the beautiful orange H S vine, and your Oleander. It will be many months before my Oleander is in bloom, lucky you to see the flowers at this time of year. I like your idea of a fairy garden!:)

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    1. Thank you for your greeting! Sorry the bird is really small. Smaller in the picture haha... Thanks for spotting!! Hope your oleander blooms quicker than you thought :-)

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  6. So beautiful flowers and the sun bird is really cute! You have marimo too? Wow! Fairy garden is so amazing!

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    1. Thanks for your compliments! Those sunbirds come by often and like to fly around the Chinese hat plant :-)

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  7. Happy Chinese New Year to you Steph. I love (just) seeing the tiny sunbird eating nectar from the vine. I'd never heard of Marinos, but I googled it so now I know what they are - moss balls.

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    1. Thank you for your greeting, sue catmint! Re marimo, I was surprised to discover out that it makes a great aquarium decoration.

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  8. I enjoyed your garden. You have a lovely vine which I have not heard or seen. I can't see the sunbird but am happy to see your bluebird instead :)

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    1. You have a beautiful garden yourself Stiletto ElsieXie! I have always enjoyed visiting yours!! My Chinese Hat pant has not bloom so profusely before. This is my first time seeing so many flowers on the plant.

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  9. Stephanie, vim neste seu blog também e gostei muito de ver as lindas flores e suas narrações...
    Um abraço

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    1. Hello Anete! Glad to hear from you and to know that you like my stories about my plants. Thank you :-)

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  10. Hello Stephanie,

    You have reason to be happy with your flowers and your little fairy garden. Very beautiful.
    The flower of the first image is wonderful.

    Great weekend.

    Kiss.

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    1. Hello Vera,

      You left me speechless haha... Amaryllis is one of my favourite blooms. I am happy that you like it as well.

      Great weekend to you too!

      <3 Stephanie

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  11. Que jardim tão lindo e amoroso.
    Um encanto.

    Big kisses

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Perola! Glad you stopped by :-)

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