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Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Hot, the Loud, and the Proud!

For more great posts, please visit Noel's The Hot, the Loud, and the Proud's post.

HOT medinilla is doing quite well in my garden. All my guests noticed it and compliments it (not many know of this plant here). I absolutely love the gorgeous hanging pink flowers! They look good, even if they are still buds.

It's like a pink chandelier. The opposite foliage is neat and attractive too.

And they remind me of grapes and oil palms!

The coleus are being LOUD with their striking foliage. The red among the greens screams for attention! They really stand out from those dieffenbachias.

Even the tiny purple flowers are cute!

Some grow like weeds in my garden. Some are even weeds in my garden! They just pop out of the ground!

Coleus are known as hati-hati by nurseries here. Hati means liver scientifically in Malay, but also means heart when used....romantically?

Some are so maroon!

However, the orchids are being PROUD as usual. The various shapes, sizes and colours of orchids makes them so unique and exotic. No wonder they are valued by collectors.

Although I love orchids, I can only get the common varieties since my father despises them!

I once saw a Lady's Slipper Orchid on sale in Cameron Highlands, but it was RM 100+.

I'm still loving these dendrobiums though!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Nature's Savages Part 2

Sarracenia are a group of pitcher plants in North America. They are also known as North American Pitcher Plants and Trumpet Pitchers. They trap insects the same way Nepenthes do.

An unknown hybrid (seems like it has some leucophylla in it). Don't mind the bent pitchers, it was pelted by heavy rain!

This one seems like it's growing dormant since I detect no pest and disease! Must be the rainy season that triggered dormancy.

Cephalotus follicularis is a species of pitcher plant found in Western Australia. They trap insects in the same manner as Sarracenia and Nepenthes. However, the traps are tiny. They will produce colourful but small pitchers if under full sun, but green and big pitchers when under shade. Mine is not very matured yet.

More nepenthes!

N. ampullaria, an omnivorous? pitcher plant. (The pitchers are designed to trap plant debris in the jungle and digest it. Cannibal?)

N. mirabilis var globosa or N. globosa for short. They are also known as N. viking. The pitchers tend to become very red under shade, in contrast with most neps.

N. x hookeriana basals

You'll know why this variety is called N. x hookeriana 'Hot Lips'

I swear this N. x ventrata is planning to take over the world. It has overgrown its pot and is traveling up and down.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Nature's Savages Part 1

Carnivorous plants are plants which obtains most of their nutrients through trapping insects. They are a diverse group and can be on every continent except Antarctica. The main trapping mechanisms are pitfall traps, flypaper traps, snap traps, bladder traps, and lobster-pot traps.

Nepenthes, also known as Monkey Cups and Tropical Pitcher Plants, are a group of pitcher plants found mainly in Southeast Asia with a few species in India, Australia and Madagascar. They trap insects using pitchers which lure insects with nectar and bright colours. The insect will then slip into the pitcher and drown, before being digested by the plant's enzymes.

Here are some of my pitcher plants.

N. rafflesiana are very variable with different shapes and colours for each variety

N. Rafflesiana 'Kondo var Alata'

N. rafflesiana 'Bau Red Giant'

N. rafflesiana 'Kuching Squat Red'

N. albomarginata produces a white substance around the peristome(lips) of the pitcher. This substance attract termites, the primary source of food for it.

Black form of N. albormaginata.

N. albomarginata 'Cameron Highlands'

N. truncata, easily identified from its truncate/heart shaped leaves.

N. hirsuta

N. sibuyanensis, a very very fussy highlander (nepenthes are divided into lowlanders and highlanders). The mian vine rarely produces pitchers for me in my lowland conditions, but the basals (new growth from near the roots) are actively producing new pitchers.

And much more next time!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Fragile Beauty

I can't believe that heavy rain snapped my lotus! My roses and dianthus are droopy too! My garden is flooded and I'm all wet! I'm so angry and sad!

However, rather than waste the flower, I decided to use it with some calathea leaves as a decoration for one of my dining table. Sorry for the bad lighting but the rain clouds are so dark!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Leaves, leaves everywhere!

Thanks to my dad's crazy foliage obsession, my whole house is surrounded by calatheas, philodendrons, dieffenbachias, etc.

Here are some calathea


More foliage!

Even more foliage!!

Dieffenbachia and some unknown foliages

Palms and foliages again!

Coleus, dieffenbachia, and an anthurium!

Some unknown foliage

Foliage everywhere

And to complete this post, my pink rose!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

More additions!

The end of my shopping spree! Here are some new plants I bought a few days ago.

UPDATE: Thanks to noel for identifying medinilla for me.

Medinilla magnifica. It's also known as lantern plant in Chinese

Anthurium (Don't you think the leaf and bud together on the bottom left looks like a flower)

Passion flower (no blooms yet)

The back part of my garden again!

New roses (Some of the flowers are beginning to wilt already)

Update on my variegated rose

I love the colour of the petals