Friday, March 14, 2014

Dry Spell Colours

I have been staying indoor most of the time due to the hot weather but my plants are not. By late afternoon, I can almost hear them 'screaming' for water! 

The pic below shows my Holmskiodia sanguinea (common name: Chinese Hat Plant), Adenium obesum (Desert Rose) and Bougainvillea 'Apple Blossom'. The Chinese Hat blooms on the left have dried with very few green leaves on the vine leaving the Desert Roses (one in white with pink edges and another in yellow) shouting for attention. 


While the dry spell persists, I have been following the news closely on the ill-fated flight MH370 that went missing since Saturday, the incident is just beyond  comprehension. I pray that all will be with their loved ones soon.

Arundina Dwarf flower always never fail to surprise me... :-)


Free Gypsophilas! I am so pleased to see these self-sowed plants flourishing so wonderfully in the pot. I look forward to seeing this pot every morning when I water my plants - so radiant, so graceful! 


As drought tolerant is Verbena. If you are looking for drought-cum-heat-tolerant plants, definitely Gypsophila and Verbena are the answers.


Another plant that thrives well in the heat is Cut-leaved Daisy. Pretty?


Btw, if you have the time, read my article on Cheerful Daisies. Let me know what you think yeah? 

A little bird (bloom of Pedilanthus bracteatus) and its big egg (larger than the bird!) ;-) ...a fascinating sight to behold.


I only knew that this pink Caladium loves basking in the sun but somehow I thought it does not like the dry weather but it somehow seems fine in it...


So is this orange Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis...


The yellow hibiscus is flowering as well...


Strangely, many trees and shrubs along the streets and in other home gardens are blooming wonderfully during this time - hot and dry weather. Does such weather promotes blooming? 

16 comments :

  1. I've been following the news closely too. My heart goes out to all the families and loved ones who are besides themselves with anxiety and angst. I fervently pray that this worrying episode will have a good ending. 'Hope' is what we hinge on now.

    Looking at your lovely flowers is like applying balm to soothe our troubles. I like your bird's egg!

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    1. Stiletto ElsieXie, that's right - hope :-) These days due to the haze and heat, I spend more time looking at the flowers through pictures (indoor) rather than out there.

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  2. I think no matter where we are in the world, it's been difficult not to follow events around flight MH370. Beyond comprehension does indeed cover it. It must be awful for those desperate on news.
    Sorry to read you are suffering in the heat and drought Steph - although looking at those gorgeous flowers must offer some compensation.

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    1. It does, Angie. The flowers bring back the smile in this very hot and dry weather. Re MH370, let's pray that those desperate on news will have some answers soon.

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  3. Linda flores , gosto muito dos hibiscos , obrigado pelo
    carinho , tenha um bom fim de semana.
    http://eueminhasplantinhas.blogspot.com.br/

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    1. Hello Simone Felic, TQ for the compliments. Hibiscus rosa-sinensis flourish with great ease here. Fyi, the red hibiscus is our National flower (Malaysia) and we call it 'Bunga Raya'. Cheers, Stephanie

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  4. I always love tropical hibiscus because the colors are just so great. Yours are so pretty. Sorry you are having a hot, dry spell but your plants look like they are doing okay Stephanie. I have been trying to follow the news on the plane and I cannot figure out why they cannot find some trace of it. I feel so for the families and those who are on borad and hope it turns out well for all.

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    1. MH370 is still missing... You are not alone, Lona. Many are looking forward for the plane to be found. Re hibiscus, with the haze (protective layer) the colour stayed vivid throughout the day. Sometimes the blazing sun can just bleach the colour.

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  5. Wonderful flowers and colors !
    Especially I like orange Hibiscus.
    Have a happy weekend :)

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    1. Thank you, Ela! You have a happy weekend too.

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  6. Hi steph, where in PJ can I get Verbena and Gypsophilas pl?

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    1. Hi, if you can't find them at a nearby nursery, go to this nursery at Sg Buloh Green Lane...
      http://mygreenfinder.blogspot.com/2009/06/delima-tani.html
      Hope they will have the stock for you when you are there :-)
      Fyi, the verbena in this post is not bought here.

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  7. beautiful plants! The rain must have make them so happy!

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    1. I hope it will rain more often... to bring down the temperature as well :-)

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  8. Beautiful. Especially your gypsophilla and verbena. I have never success on planting both of them

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    1. Hello endah murniyati! They are both annuals and live for a season only. My verbena (this one) is special I think ;-)

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