Old and New

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Which bloom is a new one? The darker Chalice Vine flower or the paler one?

Chalice Vine (Solandra longiflora) flowers first appear pale but will turn darker as it age. What I like most is its strong sweet fragrance. The whole garden smells wonderful whenever the flower is opened and because the flower is huge, you won't miss it. 



The other flower that does the same thing -- darkens as it age -- is the blooms of the Spider Tresses (Strophanthus perussii). It also releases smell but mild. 



The blooms or rather spathe of the Anthurium turn pale as they age. 



My Hibiscus acetosella 'Red Shield' is flowering! This is the first bloom of the tall plant.



Meanwhile, my Waflle plant (Hemisgraphis alternata 'Exotica') is showing a few white flowers. They are tiny but when they blossom against its dark purplish leaves, they can be quite obvious.



In the pic below, you can see my One-Day-Yellow Desert Rose (Adenium obesum) flower and a seed pod of another Desert Rose plant. The flower of the one with the seed pod is of regular colour -- white with pink edges. You can also see part of my bougainvillea in the background.



Finally, my terrarium needs a reconstruction. The Snake Skin Plants (Fittonia sp.) have really touched the ceiling of the terrarium and some of the fern leaves have turned brown. 



Have a look at my Maranta leuconeura var. erythroneura. Although it lacks lushness, the petite plant has been productive in flowering. The flowers borne in a raceme come in pleasing violet and white colours.



Beautiful Euphorbia 'Breathless Blush' can be so cool. The plant grew lush quickly and has begun to flower.



This pot of watercress (Nasturtium officinale) grows quite fast as well -- yum, yum, yum!




Can you spot the two birds in pic below? They are sipping nectar from the Dwarf Ixora.



Happy gardening!

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14 comments

  1. Boa tarde
    Estas duas plantinhas que você postou eu não conheço ,
    espero conhecer pessoalmente são lindas.
    beijinhos

    http://eueminhasplantinhas.blogspot.com.br/

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    1. Hello Simone, wish you were here :-)

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  2. Lovely flowers in your garden! Most of the flowers you mention above is really new to me! They are so beautiful! You really have excellent collection of plants!

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    1. Thank you, Malar. I like what you are growing as well.

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  3. Lovely bloomings Steph! but one thing for sure I'm so jealous looking at the last picture..ya..the birds! I always wish little birs flies into my garden, sucking the honey..I have a lot of flowers, blooming everyday but none of them visit me...mmm..why?

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    1. Normala, once the birds start visiting the garden, they will keep coming back. Also I have lots of trumpet-shaped flowers in my garden for them.

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  4. You have lots of interesting plants! Happy gardening!

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    1. Hello Endah, thank you. We had clear blue sky today due to the rain so I was able to do some gardening. Then it rained again... sigh.

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  5. Hi Stephanie; you are still going strong with your wonderful flowers. Love this big chalice, changing colour and wonderful scent. Once upon a time it was at home in my garden.Some are familiar, some are not. But this is the pleasure to find something familiar and something new.Our generally dry spring is blessed this year with some thunderstorms, hope they keep giving. How sweet the bird finding a treat. Gardening is so rewarding to us and to may other creatures. Thank you for your "Hello".

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    1. Hi Titania, so glad to hear from you too. Those yellow-breasted birds visit my garden in the morning as well. They used to come in the evening only. Over here, looks like the monsoon season has arrived. It has been raining cats and dogs this week. A sweet respite from the dry smog/haze we had for the last couple of months and yes, thunderstorms, please keep coming :-)

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  6. I also love the huge chalice flower, it actually looks like it's scented. And I can relate to plants with petals that darken as they get older - my hair has done the same!

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    1. I want your hair, Sue! Mine is going grey more and more... sigh.

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  7. Hi Stephanie,
    The Chalice Vine is certainly very eye-catching! Your plants are thriving well. The current rainy season is not so good for my veggies...most of the time I got to shelter them from the rain! I like the watercress, they are looking so lush and delicious!!! :)

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    1. Hi Joyce,
      My veggies lack of nutrient now. The rain didn't destroy them but washed away the nutrients in the soil quickly. I hope you have ample space to shelter your veggies. Still, happy gardening edibles :-) Btw, the watercress taste like radish.

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