A Bit of Sweet Respite

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Although the weather is still hot, the few heavy rains did brought a little respite to the long dry spell we had earlier. The plants in my garden perked up more after the rain.

One night I smelt wonderful fragrance from my Solandra longiflora vine. The next morning, I noticed it collected a little water inside the pale yellow flower... saving some water for later use? :)


My dwarf pink Ixora is flowering more blooms than usual. I don't know which scenario brought out the flowers - was it the heat from the dry spell or the rain? I think plants can flower more whenever they are stressed up, either shocked by drought or too much water. What do you think?



The clusters of Ixora flowers (in the pic below that was taken a week later) are bigger this time round :)


The other flower that releases wonderful scent is my Jasmine sambac 'Grand Duke of Tuscany'. The bloom however turn brown really fast after the rain. I wonder if this plant will do well in a sheltered area. Any idea? 


My red Anthurium acropolis sent out a double spathe bloom even when the plant looks horrible right now... 'skinny' and do not have lots of leaves. Any advice? 


Meanwhile my Medinilla has finally grow back its leaves. I am keeping my fingers crossed for the flowers. Perhaps it will bloom when the temperature gets lower?


A light pink Dendrobium orchid in bloom! Love the colour :-D 


Happy gardening!

PS: The news that confirmed the fate of the MH370 flight is devastating :-(

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16 comments

  1. Beautiful Solandra flowers! All your plants look so good!
    MH370 fate is really very bad news indeed!

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    1. Hi Malar, that bloom put a smile on my face :-) This week has been hot again. I am hoping for more rain and no more bad news!

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  2. Oh please, your Dendrobium looks do cute, and the color is so wonderful. You remind me to my old plan. I have planned to buy Medinilla plant on a nursery, cause my old plant was died :(

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    1. Endah murniyati, one of my Medinillas has died earlier. Now left this precious one ;-)

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  3. Mmmmm, Awakening to the smell of sweetly scented flowers is so delightful!

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    1. Hello Vetsy, thanks to the sweet fragrance you are back blogging :-D

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  4. Nice Chalice Cup Vine (Solandra longiflora) picture! It sure is a looker. I'm still trying to get rid of mine though... it just takes the whole garden over. And it's quite hard to get rid of as it roots where any stem touches the ground. The vine will easily reach 10 meters long too.

    I'm not sure what's up with your Anthurium. Mine doesn't look too smart either.

    I envy your Medinilla. So beautiful in bloom.

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    1. Hi Prospero. although I have been growing my Chalice Cup Vine in a pot for a few years already, the roots have not given me any problem thus far. Will keep an eye on them. Thanks for the heads-up :-) Btw I have seen Chalice Cup Vine grown to cover a fence before. The flowering vine looked so beautiful!

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  5. I love your Ixora blooms. I wonder if I could keep one alive in the house? Probably not with my brown thumb. LOL! Why do white blooms seem to turn brown after a rain? I notice some of my white roses do this after a rain. Maybe it is the heat and then the rain combined that cause it. Try it in a sheltered spot and see if it works. Let me know. LOL!

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    1. Lona, I am not a good indoor gardener. So I think it would be difficult to grow the ixora inside the house. As for why white blooms ok I will try to find a sheltered spot for it. TQ for this tip :-D

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  6. Vou comprar uma ixora anão gosto muito, a primeira eu não
    conhecia , adoro plantas perfumadas.
    beijos
    http://eueminhasplantinhas.blogspot.com.br/

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    1. Hello Simone, I didn't recall any smell from the Ixora. The sweet fragrance came from the Solandra bloom. Cheers, Stephanie

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  7. Its great to see your Solandra bloom as I had mine heavily pruned prior to transfering them to my new garden. I miss seeing them, so looking at yours gives me great pleasure!

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    1. Stilletto, can't wait to see your new garden!

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  8. Hi Stephanie,
    Have not stopped by your blog for quite sometime now!
    I like all your lovely flowers in your garden. Mine is lacking of blooms, and only have a few pots of flowering plants. Planning to get back to gardening more often now, as I have been slacking, for so long!

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    1. Hello kitchen flavours! Glad to hear from you. Love all your cakes and cookings. Happy cooking, gardening and of course blogging :-D

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