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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Freedom

Finally, all those sleepless nights are over! I'm done with my SPM examinations (technically, still left with an Art paper, but that's relatively easy) and I can get back to full-time blogging again. Blogging and gardening would also be a good way to stop me from worrying over my results haha.



Also, I've been nominated by Kimberly of Garden in Paradise for a Beautiful Bloggers award. Fortunately, I'm free enough to accept the nomination and blog about it now. Well, here goes the 10 questions:

1.What would you do if you won $10,000 tomorrow? Remodel my garden and buy more plants, and save some for my education.

2. Best lifetime moment?  My best lifetime moment was when I had the opportunity to go to Sg. Buloh, a haven for plant  enthusiasts, 2 years ago. Still waiting for another chance to visit again.

3. Are you happy? At this moment, I'm over the moon!

4. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter? Facebook, hands down. I don't even have a twitter account.

5. If you could change something in your life what would it be? My social awkwardness haha.

6. What is your biggest vice/habit in life? Plants, of course. I can spend more than an hour in my garden just looking at them.

7. What is a good point about you? When I feel like doing something, I strive for perfection. A negative point? I tend to procrastinate sometimes, haha.

8. What is your most embarrassing lifetime moment? Too many! Anytime I have to do something with lots of people watching, I'll tend to mess up and feel embarrassed, like when performing a piano piece.

9. What is your favorite flower? Orchids, especially the exotic ones! Still waiting for the day where I get to grow a Paphiopedillum or Grammatophyllum successfully.

10. What's your biggest love in life? Gardening has been my passion since childhood, and I intend to keep that passion burning forever.

Now, time to nominate others for this award.

James Missier of Garden Chronicles
Stiletto of STileTTo
Andrea of Pure Oxygen Generators and Andrea in this Lifetime
Stephanie of Steph's Green Space
Barry Parker of A Sense of Place
Bangchik and Kakdah of My little vegetable garden
lotusleaf of Indian flowers and herbs and gardentropics
Rohrerbot of Las Aventuras
Sunita of The Urban Gardener
Autumn Belle of My Nice Garden

Nominees, if you choose to accept this award, here is what you need to do:

1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.

2. Answer the same 10 questions I did, for fun, if you want to.

3. Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy. Or you pick the number.

4. Pay the love forward: Provide your nominees' links in your post and comment on their blogs to let them know they’ve been included and invited to take part. 

5. Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you
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Anyway, here are some photos of my garden to share:




My carnivores are flourishing under this rainy weather. The high humidity and low temperatures at night are very optimum conditions for their growth. (Clockwise from top left: A Heliamphora flower, Byblis liniflora flowers, Sarracenia rubra hybrid with Sarracenia x Scarlet Belle, and a Nepenthes inflorescence)







A plethora of blooms from my garden. They always brighten up the garden, and my day, whenever they bloom. (Clockwise from top left: A white Melastoma malabathricum locally known as Senduduk, a white lotus, a Kampung Rose, and half-opened Hoya carnosa blossoms.




And last but not least, my orchid collection, which is growing at a steady rate. I love it when they bloom together in unison to produce a spectacular show of vibrant colours. Some of the orchids is this photo are Dendrobiums, Vandas, Arundinas, Kagawara and Spathoglottis.

Until next time!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Orchids Abound

I'm back (temporarily) after such a long break from blogging. Currently, I have an 11 day (down to 4 days already) break from my stressful SPM examination, so I finally have an opportunity to update my blog. Hopefully this exam would be over in a flash, and I can get back to my regular lifestyle and schedule. I really miss blogging and my fellow bloggers. Well, just 6 more papers to go before I'm free at last.

Fortunately, things are going quite well in my garden, and I am able to balance between gardening and revisions of my exam subjects. Right now, my orchid collection is taking the weird weather well, with hot sun from morning to afternoon, and heavy downpours from evening to night. Watching them bloom puts a smile on my face, especially after a tiresome day of studying for the exams. Here they are, just in time for the GBBD.












To all Malaysian gardeners (though international gardeners are welcomed too), there is a new gardening group on Facebook, Malaysian Gardeners where gardeners from Malaysia and a few from overseas share knowledge and experience in all matter flora, thanks to the effort of Sherynn Ooi. Feel free to join the group as everyone is welcomed.

Until next time!