Plant Jatropha integerrima to spice up your garden!

Jatropha integerrima (Spicy Jatropha, Peregrina, Firecracker)

Jatropha integerrima (Spicy Jatropha, Peregrina) in our garden, January 16 2014Though commonly known as the Spicy Jatropha, it is not an edible spice at all! However, you can add Jatropha integerrima to spice up your garden but definitely not your dishes. ;)

An irresistible and spectacular shrub, Spicy Jatropha makes an excellent ornamental plant or accent in any garden or landscape. It is free-flowering nearly year round in the tropics and sub-tropics. Truly a showy shrub that displays beautiful clusters of brilliant scarlet red flowers held upright above the handsome dark glossy green foliage that forms the perfect backdrop in wonderful contrast!

Jatropha integerrima (Spicy Jatropha, Peregrina) with scarlet-red blooms in our garden, Feb. 23 2014We did enjoy their lovely presence in our garden when we brought home a young flowering plant with 4 stems last September. Unfortunately, our delight lasted only for a short span of six months before seeing it succumbed to attack by the soft scale insects. It was growing so luxuriantly and suddenly without warning, the leaves just went completely limp, and the next day turned yellow, wrinkled, dried and dead.

How to propagate Crepe Ginger (Cheilocostus speciosus)

Botanically known as Cheilocostus speciosus, the Crepe Ginger stands up to 3 meters tall and is a sight to behold, especially when grown en masse and flowering. Clump of flowering Crepe/Spiral Ginger (Cheilocostus speciosus, previously known as Costus speciosus)The terminal stems will be beautifully adorned with inflorescences that display large, frilly and snowy-white flowers that flare out from the pinecone-like, reddish-brown bracts.

Truly dramatic and attention-grabbing!

This ornamental shrub has become a common and popular garden and landscape feature in the tropics and sub-tropical regions. Not surprising at all that we too have joined the bandwagon and added this gorgeous plant to our garden, two years ago.

We could tell from the appearance of our plants that they weren’t at all happy being potted for one and a half years, so we replanted them in the ground last October, at a semi-shaded site. Wow… they grew by leaps and bounds and haven’t been happier ever since we relocated them! And, we’re absolutely thrilled and excited as it rewarded us with its first bloom about two weeks ago!

Trimezia steyermarkii (Yellow Walking Iris)

Trimezia steyermarkii (Yellow Walking Iris, Traveling Iris)

Yellow Walking Iris… what a fascinating common name! A name well-suited to describe its wandering ways.
Trimezia steyermarkii (Yellow Walking Iris) at the outer bed, Sept 16 2013It has the tendency to throw out aerial plantlets along its inflorescence stalk from spent flowers. Then, the weight of the growing plantlets would bend down the stalk towards the ground, causing them to take root and propagate new plants. Hence, aptly named, the Yellow Walking Iris – propagating itself by ‘walking’ and producing yellow iris-like flowers!

To us, Trimezia steyermarkii’s gorgeous flowers seem more orchid-like. Thus, we were instantaneously captivated by their beauty when we first chanced upon them at a nearby garden nursery last August. Upon learning that these are sun-loving plants, we grabbed three pots home and planted them at the outer border, a location that’d be just perfect for them.


Our garden updates from January to February 2014

Love is in the air whenever we’re in our little garden paradise! We can feel it everywhere and every moment. Whether it is admiring our babies as we walk leisurely by, standing transfixed with awe at God’s creations, being hard at work or playing in the dirt… the atmosphere is contagious! We heart our plants and they respond with love selflessly and unconditionally as we do.

Our tropical garden's bountiful blessings at the front yard, February 23 2014

In the garden, it’s a celebration of  love everyday between our plants and us gardeners – their caregivers! It’s entirely different from Valentine’s Day of love that breezed through just one day on February 14th of each year.

New Apple Toys for 2014!

Woo-hoo! Two new Apple toys to start the year with… we couldn’t be happier!

These were purchased during a one day only Apple Online Store Sale on January 10th.

iMac 21.5-inch was delivered on January 15th, while iPad Air six days later. These new toys truly rock and kept us glued to our seats in amazement, so to speak.

Newly delivered Apple toys for 2014, a 21.5 inch iMac and an iPad Air

The sole purpose of getting an iPad was to encourage my beloved John to be computer literate… to know the basics of email messaging, able to navigate the internet to read the news and find useful info, enjoy songs/photos in our iTune and iPhoto libraries and loads of other interesting happenings in the cyber world and the likes. Hmm… took me more than a year to change his set ways and old school of thought. I’m mighty glad that he’s enjoying his new gift currently and learning fast too!