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Monday, July 07, 2014

OMG... my Money Plant is half dead! I forgot to check on it for more than a week, and my usual watering schedule didn't quite work this time round :-(



Good thing the vine is very forgiving. Just add some water to the pot and by the end of the day, boom... the leaves look lively again :-)





Plucked a cutting of the Thunbergia grandiflora 'Alba' earlier as I saw it growing healthily covering a fence of a house. Rooted it. Here is its first bloom. One of the petals is flexed backwards but still pretty 



I thought these mini hot peppers are not going to turn red. In the end after weeks of waiting, they slowly change colour one by one. This excites me as I thought I was going to harvest green chillies. Now I have what I wanted and they match the picture on the seed packet... yay!



How plants survived for hundreds of years? Well, for this Sundew (Drosera tokaiensis), it is definitely seeds! The mother plant has died but survived with four off-springs :-) 

Not sure about you... but for me, it is always good to see plants self-sowing. 



Still can't recognise this plant yet. It flourished after the dwarf Azalea in this pot wilted. A weed?



This attractive yellow and black butterfly was in my garden for a few days. One night it decided to come into my house. Perhaps it's an Anise Swallowtail. Anyone recognise this beauty?



Meanwhile, glad to see the Agave and Kalanchoe fedtschenkoi plants doing well despite no attention given. Good plants to have in the garden especially the Agave :-) 



A new growth on my Solandra maxima! Oh, I am so glad!! Earlier, the plant has shed all its leaves. 



Thank you for visiting! Have a great day 。◕‿◕。

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14 comments

  1. All look so healthy. Your chilies must be so hot!

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    1. Yes it is! So many all at once. Don't think I could eat them all. I think I have make pickles out of them.

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  2. Hi Steph!:) Does your Money plant have yellow trumpet shaped flowers when it's in bloom? I ask because I have a plant that looks very much like it, but I don't know what it's called. The butterfly is so beautiful, I hope it flew out of your house eventually.
    Keep well, and have a good week.:)

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    1. Hi Breathtaking, nope it doesn't. The money plant does not bear any flower. The butterfly did flew out. I kind of force it to ;-)

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  3. Hi Steph, your Thunbergia Alba is lovely, and to think it came from a cutting you took !
    Plants are so forgiving, they look half dead then perk up after a quick drink! They just do it to worry us !

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    1. LOL. perhaps they need some attention like a child hehe...

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  4. Hi Steph,

    Nice looking at your beautiful plants. Your Thunbergia are so lucky than mine, I've got a blue one at home but have to cut it down everrytime she go too far, Narrow space often limit the grows.

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    1. Hi Normala, that is the beauty of thunbergia... it never fails to grow back again and again :-) I too cut mine back whenever it has no more space to climb.

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  5. All the plants look so good! You must have taken very good care of them especially in this hot weather! Lovely Thunbergia flower!

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    1. Thank you, Malar! Watering had became a chore for the past weeks. But I was so glad it rained heavily here yesterday :-)

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  6. that's the thing Steph, half dead is also half alive, so you rescued your money plant in time! Like you, I love plants that self sow. The sundews are wonderful plants.

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    1. Hello sue catmint! I rather take it half alive haha... I was so glad I rescued the money plant in time. The leaves seem thicker and stiffer today :-)

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  7. The plant looks like Hippobroma longiflora.
    A star of Bethlehem..

    And that butterfly is a Lime Swallowtail.
    They are very fond of citrus leaves - they lay their eggs on them.

    Nice to see your garden with beautiful succulents

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    1. Hi James, I hope it is! Hippobroma longiflora is a very robust plant. I have seen one growing next to a drain and flowering before :-) Thank you for identifying that butterfly. So far I have not spotted a caterpillar on my citrus plant yet but I am sure it will appear some day. Cheers, Stephanie

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