Garden updates from October to December, 2016

God knows how to keep my darling John and I happy always.
Blessing us with strength and passion in gardening!

These three months have be raining somewhat regularly and the plants just love it.
It helps us to reduce our water bill too… great huh!!

We’ll let our foliage plants and colourful flowers show off to their hearts content.

A collage of variegated foliage and flowering plants from October to December 2016
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Melastoma malabathricum with rare and showy white flowers

Melastoma malabathricum (Malbar Gooseberry, Indian/Singapore Rhododendron, White Senduduk)

This beautiful shrub produces purplish-pink or deep mauve and white flowers.

Melastoma malabathricum (Malbar Gooseberry, Indian/Singapore Rhododendron, White Senduduk) with white flowers at a garden nursery, 12 April 2014The attractive white blooms are somewhat rare as compared to the purplish-pink ones. The white-flowered variety is known as Melastoma malabathricum ‘Alba’.

We first caught sight of the white flowers at a garden nursery in our neighbourhood in the year 2014.

Since then, we come across them every now and then along the roadside, highways, countryside, home gardens and parks.
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Osmoxylon lineare ‘Variegata’ with captivating variegated foliage

Osmoxylon lineare ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Miagos Bush, Green Aralia)

Osmoxylon lineare 'Variegata' (Variegated Miagos Bush, Green Aralia), 28 Dec. 2009Our first sight of this captivating bush with variegated leaves was during our vacation to Felda Residence in Sungkai several decades ago!
What caught our attention were the whitish flowers and small round blackish berries that sat comfortably on the beautiful variegated leaves.

A rare tropical plant to be added to one’s garden.

Fortunately, I went through my photo archive and chanced upon this beauty again. What an opportunity to write about it!
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Celosia argentea with bright colourful cultivars and varieties

Celosia argentea (Plumed Cockscomb, Silver Cock’s Comb, Woolflowers)

Captivating Plumbed Cockscomb with flowers that resemble like those on the rooster’s comb!

Magenta flowerhead of Celosia argentea (Plumed Cockscomb, Silver Cock's Comb), seen in Cameron Highlands, 20 Sept. 2016These bright colourful plants are one of the many favourite offered for sale during the Chinese New Year festivities.

We too join in the bandwagon happily since they are rather cheap and come in a variety of colours!

During our recent vacation to Cameron Highlands, we came across some plants with magenta flower heads.

Simply exquisite!
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Maranta arundinacea ‘Variegata’ with mesmerising variegated foliage

Maranta arundinacea ‘Variegata’ (Arrowroot, Obedience Plant ‘Variegata’)

A jewel of a plant with mesmerising variegated leaves!

Mesmerising foliage of Maranta arundinacea 'Variegata'(Arrowroot, Obedience Plant 'Variegata'), 22 Sept. 2016We first sighted this gorgeous plant with captivating variegated foliage at our Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Kuala Lumpur many moons ago.

And recently on our trip down from Cameron Highlands, we went to a town in Pusing for lunch. I was flabbergasted when I saw Maranta arundinacea ‘Variegata’ again. Truly beautiful with bicoloured leaves and each leaf is unique and designed differently. I stood transfixed and captured a few shots.

That’s the beauty of God’s wondrous and awesome creation and designs!
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