Dianella ensifolia with marvellous foliage variegation

Dianella ensifolia (Variegated)

Dianella ensifolia 'White Variegated' (Variegated Flax Lily, Umbrella Dracaena), March 12 2015We absolutely have an unending passion with variegated plants, something that we can’t garden without!

One recent addition to our courtyard is the variegated Dianella ensifolia.

An excellent companion plant, its marvellous foliage variegation of white and green bands truly accents the other contrasting colours and textures of the surrounding plants, as well as stands out to brighten up the whole area.

We’re extremely delighted with this ornamental beauty that was added into our garden collection recently, about two months ago.

Thunbergia erecta is strikingly beautiful

Thunbergia erecta (King’s Mantle)

Thunbergia erecta (King's Mantle) with striking deep purple flowers and yellow throatAbsolutely a winner and a gardener’s joy and delight!

It was love at first sight when we saw the King’s Mantle for the first time at a nearby garden nursery, slightly more than a year ago.

Its vibrant purple bell-shaped blooms with a contrasting yellow throat fascinated us so.

Definitely too attractive and tempting to resist! Moreover, a potted plant just cost RM5.00. Dirt cheap and we grabbed one immediately.

Currently, it is flourishing very well in a large pot, though sadly without much flowers. Hence, it has given us the impetus to research further about its maintenance, hopefully to induce flower production.

Arundina graminifolia with fascinating cattleya-like flowers

Arundina graminifolia (Bamboo Orchid)

Arundina graminifolia (Bamboo Orchid) at our front yard, Sept 25 2013 Arundina graminifolia (Bamboo Orchid) growing fine at the inner garden bed, Sept 28 2013We were fascinated when we first saw this beauty at a garden nursery in September, 2013.

When told by the nursery helper that it’s excellent for a sunny area and free-flowering all year long once established, we grabbed a pot without hesitation.

Since then, this enchanting, clumping beauty, planted at our inner bed at the front yard, has increased in size and appears to bloom endlessly to keep us smiling every day. :-D

It helps that we’re residing in tropical Malaysia with its everlasting summers of sunshine and rainfall. It is super conducive for this attractive Arundina graminifolia to flourish easily.

Our days of planting epiphytic orchids in pots, such as the Phalaenopsis and Cattleya are over and this marvellous Bamboo Orchid, grown in the ground is a wonderful alternative.

Angelonia cultivars are fabulous sun-loving beauties!

Angelonia cultivars

These are sun-loving and attractive beauties that come in all sorts of fabulous and tempting colours. The gorgeous bicolour ones such ‘Blue Pacifica’ in two-toned blooms of pale purple and white, and the ‘Purple Stripe’ in dark purple and white are a sight to behold!

Two cultivars of Angelonia angustifolia (Summer Snapdragon, seen at a nursery - Nov 3 2013 Lavender-coloured Angelonia angustifolia, seen at a nurseryWe first saw these beauties in November 2013, but had to restrain ourselves from buying because we wanted to limit our garden collection due to failing health.

However, we noticed late last year that our outer border was begging to be adorned with replacement plants as there were some casualties even with our tender-loving-care.

Potted Angelonia angustifolia 'Angelface Alba/White' and 'Angelmist Lavender' - Dec 12 2014Hence, we went plant shopping happily last December and ended up buying two pots of Angelonia, one containing the white-coloured beauty, Angelonia augustifolia ‘Angelface Alba’, while the other is ‘Angelmist Lavender’.

We’re absolutely thrilled with our purchase as these were simply excellent for our outer bed that receive sunshine almost all day long to provide the essential heat and warmth.

Easter Greeting 2015

John 10:10-11…
I have come that they may have life
and have it abundantly.
I am the good shepherd;
the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

“Christ Is Risen, Alleluia!”
“He Is Risen Indeed, Alleluia, Alleluia!”
“Praise To You, O Christ, King Of Eternal Glory.”

“By His passion, death and resurrection
He has saved and redeemed us.
By His wounds, we are healed, forgiven
and given the promise of eternal life.
All praise and thanks be to you, O Lord”

To All Celebrating the feast of The Risen Lord Jesus Christ:

Wishing You And Your Loved Ones


Self-created Easter greeting card for 2015

A self-created Easter greeting card with the image of Tabernaemontana divaricata cv. Flore Pleno, from our tropical garden.