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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Crushing Rains and Scorching Suns

The weather is getting annoying again! It can rain the whole day and be burning hot the next day! Luckily most of my flowers have survived the crazy weather.

The rains: 

My purple passion flower loves basking in the sun and chilling in the rain. They are so hardy!






































The orchids are enjoying the cool shower too!




















However, the tulip gentians are not really fond of the rain.




















The roses hate the crushing rains too! Every time after a rain, the opened flowers will droop. Luckily this half-opened one is still nice.




















The heat:

Hardy hibiscus are being attacked by aphids! But they still grow so well. They love the sun.




















Petunias are also doing well in the heat, but will droop if it gets too hot.




















Lotus love the heat too! The leaves are like an umbrella for the flower!




















However, it gets so hot that the sunflowers are wilting too!




















My seed-grown sunflowers are being attacked by spider mites, but they still look good!




















Stephanie's hibiscus seeds have germinated and are doing well in both the rains and heat.




















My latest vegetable from seed, the pumpkins are producing buds already! They wilt under the scorching sun but love the rains.




















This last plant is an eye candy for me. It's a tillandsia and this is the first time I've seen it bloom. They are shaded from both direct sunlight and rains, but still gets them sometimes.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Floral Mania

I've just bought lots and lots of flowering plants again, from 3 different nurseries in Johor. Some of them are common but some are unique too! At least I've found variegated species of flowers which appease both me and my dad!

African Football Lily, also known as Blood Lily. People here call it Bunga Api, which means Fire flower. The flowers do look like fireballs!




















A variegated Spider lily




















An anthurium with maroon inflorescence and stems.
















Large pink rose




















Petunias































Variegated Bleeding Heart Vine




















And finally, Mosquito Plant. It has fragrant leaves which is said to drive of mosquitoes.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Visit to Johor Bahru

Yesterday, I went to Johor Bahru. At first, we went to the nursery but due to severe weather, we went to the shopping mall first. After shopping and eating there, we went to the nursery. Yi Xiang Nursery actually belongs to a friend's aunt, so things are easier.

Here is the nursery, with lots of coleus, celosia, roses, daisies, gingers, dieffenbachias etc.


A row of gingers (tumeric/curcuma)
















Pedilanthus (Bird Plants)
















My dad and friend's uncle with some foliage plants
















Dieffenbachia and other foliage
















Coleus and celosia all over
















Rows of roses
















Some plants I got from the nursery

Gloxinia
















Heliconia rostrata




















Yellow rose
















Rose with pink lower petals and white upper petals.
















Plenty of Pedilanthus for Chinese New Year. (Buy earlier so they look nicer when CNY comes)
































Turmeric (Curcuma)

















Blood Lily, also known as Football Lily, still waiting to be planted.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Day In Kuala Lumpur

Last Wednesday ( 9 June 2010 ) I went to Kuala Lumpur to buy some plants. There, I met Stephanie Choo, from Steph's Green Spaces and My Green Finder. She gave me a Hoya Kerii cutting. She's so generous! I must return something too!

Then my mother and friends went shopping in the 1 Utama Mall, but the Secret Garden often featured in Autumn Belle's Blog My Nice Garden was closed ; It is open on weekends only. Still, thanks to Dr. Francis Ng from Tropical Gardening for creating such a marvelous garden! I wish to visit it one day.

Then while my mother is busy shopping, my dad and I went to Sungai Buloh to find some plants. There, I found Hee Nursery.
















It's quite big and has planty of lovely plants!


               




























































The auntie was very friendly and showed me some of the rarer plants.

I bought the plant I was searching for so long, a purple passion flower!



                 
















I bought some Tulip Gentians too!

          






























And a Double-Flowering Mandevilla Vine





















My dad bought 2 gloxinias and a calathea too. I wanted to buy more plants, including a black adenium, but due to lack of space I decided to leave it until next time.

It was a fun trip, and I stayed in Genting Highlands for the night. However, I think I got indigestion since I threw up at night. My dizziness and nausea was bad, but the plants make up for it!

I wish to visit Sungai Buloh again. I'm want to buy Heliconias, Bird of Paradise, Torch Ginger, and more rare plants!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Pink!

Just noticed that almost all the flowers in my garden are pink (or shades of it)! Here are some:

Anthurium

















Medinilla
















Adenium

















Dianthus
















Cactus

















Not yet blooming includes my rose and rain lilies.