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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Surprises

Now that I'm on holiday for a week, I get to spend more time at home and in my garden. After a tiresome day of reading, studying, and web browsing, a stroll in the garden is a wonderful remedy for a throbbing headache. Maybe it's the pleasant colour of green, or the abundance of essential oxygen, but either way, it's still a great place to relax and clear the mind.

Recently, I've bought a few more plants for my roof garden, and there were also a few pleasant surprises which definitely lightened up my day.


My roof garden, still in the process of weeding and rearranging some plants. It's a real improvement since I first started it months ago.





















Just got these two hoya vines, probably H. carnosa (white) and H. pubicalyx (maroon). I love the clusters of small star-shaped flowers.







I've also got a new purple vanda orchid, a white gerbera and two dianthus. Hopefully they'll thrive here and fill my garden with lovely blossoms.


Finally, after almost a year of rest, my medinilla decided to send out not one, but three inflorescence. Maybe moving it to my roof garden, where it's more humid, sunny and have a higher temperature drop at night triggered the blooming. Anyway, I'm glad it finally flowered again.



And this uninvited guest to my garden surely surprised me. Luckily I noticed it before I drenched it with water. I think this is an Oriental Bay Owl (Phodilus badius), a nocturnal owl native to Southeast Asia. It was around 6 pm when I saw it, so maybe it just woke up. I think it's adorable, staring at me as I watered the garden.

Until next time!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Focus

Finally, I'm back again after a month of inactivity. I feel as if a great burden had been lifted from my chest, as my art project, piano exam and school exam are history now. However, I can't celebrate so soon as this period of rest is transient and I have to prepare for my trial exams for the SPM (a major exam from November to December) during this calm before the storm. I guess I have to make the most of my time to revise a whooping 10 subjects in the following weeks. I hope my absence hasn't made you all lose interest in my blog, as I still hope to continue and interchange knowledge and experience with all of my fellow bloggers.  I just want to say thank you to my consistent readers and fellow bloggers for putting up with my intervals of absence.

But enough talk, here are just some pictures to share.




Some of the carnivores growing in my garden. 







Assorted flowers currently blooming in the garden. 


My rabbit looking rather confused at the camera.