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Saturday, December 24, 2011

End of the Year

This year is coming to an end, and so are the holidays. It's a really rainy Christmas here with heavy downpours and thunderstorms occurring almost daily. However, life has flourished here in the rain. Here are some photos to share. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all my blogger friends!










Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Comeback

Finally, I'm back to blogging again. I've been on vacation for a week, then busy entertaining my Singaporean aunt and a distant cousin. Anyway, my garden has been improving a lot since the last post. The various plants are thriving, including those previously fussy or fragile ones.

My poinsettia rebloomed while I was on vacation. It was a wonderful surprise since I heard that poinsettias are hard to rebloom.



The delicate bloom of my waterlily



Some ladybugs on the lilypad.




The hardy and everblooming Mandevilla




Heliconia rostrata on a blooming spree.



 This large red hibiscus is finally blooming after a bad case of mealybugs and aphids.




The self-seeding, hardy Angelonia providing my garden with an unlimited number of purple blooms.





The delicate flower of a resurrection lily.




The tiny bird-like flowers of this Pedilanthus is such a great source of nectar for the native birds that they have made my garden a regular feeding and nesting place.



























To all my blogger friends, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Friday, November 18, 2011

End of School

Now that school has ended, I'll have plenty of free time for my various hobbies. Though I'll have to double my efforts next year for a major examination. For now, here are some random photos as celebration.

A four-petaled Madagascar Periwinkle



A bloom from the flourishing adenium bush.



An inflorescence from the common heliconia.




A peek into the center of a Bird's Nest Fern


A pitcher from Nepenthes albomarginata hanging in the air.



Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Free Again

Now that the horrible sleepless nights of burning the midnight oil and last minute cramming of knowledge into my overloading brain, finally I get a whole lot of free time to compensate for. I can't say I'm too pleased with my average results in the test though, especially Chemistry. Anyway, now that I'm free again, I can go back to all my hobbies, including gardening and blogging! Here are some recent blooms to celebrate my new free time.


The heliconia surprised me with a bloom just after my exams were finished.




The ever-blooming adenium flourishing in my garden.



Flowers of a Nepenthes. One flower usually means it's time for reproduction, but 2-3 stalks means stress. Guess they still have not recovered from my neglectful period while I was busy.



But this pitcher is a hopeful sign that they'll grow back and recover gradually.


The robust pink hibiscus is starting to produce lots of buds.




These white anthuriums are the hardiest anthuriums in the garden.




This orchid, usually hidden behind the palm fronds, is a pleasant surprise every time it blooms.




And finally, the hardiest and easiest climber to grow in my garden, the mandevilla.



Monday, October 10, 2011

So Little Time

My final examination is just around the corner and I'm anxious. I really need to pass with flying colours if I want to stay in the top classes. Cramming History, Chemistry, Biology and Physics into my brain is a pain that I must face though if I want to succeed. Anyway, I'm just sharing some plants in my garden. I won't be too active in the coming weeks again because there's too much knowledge I must squeeze into my brain (Did I mention that I have bad memory, oh well...)

The buds of my ixora plant, waiting to bloom in splendor.



The flowers of a nepenthes, proof that my nepenthes are currently under stress.



My multicoloured rose has finally decided to bloom again, with more fresh red shoots coming up.



Some fungi growing on the shelf where I placed my roses. The heavy rains must have been perfect for them.


The hardy, vigorous grass orchids never fails to flower.




These hardy angelonias are a constant bloomer in the garden.


The bud of my white hibiscus, the most vigorous hibiscus in my garden.



Surprisingly, the Venus Flytrap has been quite easy to care for although it's not native here. While the native Nepenthes are sulking and producing stress-induced flowers, the Venus Flytrap are growing at a rapid and encouraging rate.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Orchids Orchids Everywhere

Today, I went to a hotel with a two friends and a teacher to check on the hall reserved for our Prefects Annual Dinner on the 21st of October. (I'm in charge of the decorations and aesthetics and I will be performing on the keyboard too). My parents were busy, so the teacher who accompanied us offered me a ride back. She stopped by her sister's house for a while, and the garden was choke full of orchid plants, in pots, hanging or planted on trees.My teacher (herself an orchid enthusiast) told me that her sister was an avid orchid enthusiast and spends her free time collecting and tending orchids. Amazed and awed, I took some photos of the many gorgeous orchids in the garden. Here are some of them:








Monday, September 26, 2011

Passing Time


Just sharing some pictures of my plants, which are recovering fairly quickly.

My hardy and easy grass orchid


The recent heavy downpours have helped these rain lilies in producing blooms.


The jasmine is filling the air with a heavenly scent.


A single rose bloom after viciously attacked by caterpillars.

The Venus Flytrap is now back in action and ready to eat.


The white hibiscus bush covered in buds.



















Also, I just turned 16 yesterday. Time passes so quickly.