Calathea roseopicta ‘Dottie’ with dazzling pink markings

Calathea roseopicta cv. Dottie (Rose-painted Calathea Dottie)

Our potted Dracaena reflexa – ‘Song of India’ that was located at the courtyard was unhappy and breathed its last recently.

Our recently purchased Calathea roseopicta 'Dottie' (Calathea Dottie, Rose-painted Calathea Dottie, Rose-painted Prayer Plant Dottie), July 6 2015Thus, there’s a vacant space and we needed a replacement plant. This gave us an opportunity to go plant-shoping, a joyful adventure for any passionate gardener. ;-)

Ta-da… we happily took home a pot of Calathea roseo picta ‘Dottie’ that cost us only RM15. Its beauty was simply irresistible!

The vivid pink markings on the dark black-green leaves captivated and dazzled us so! Even the new emerging leaf had the distinct bright pink markings.

Mostly variegated foliage plants at our courtyard, July 11 2015It was mutual love at first sight… we wanted it and it wanted us!

Reaching home, I quickly replanted this treasured beauty into a new pot and located it at our courtyard where mostly variegated plants that love semi-shade dwell. Gosh, it really stands out amongst the greens!


Ficus elastica ‘Variegata’ with striking variegated foliage

Ficus elastica ‘Variegata’ (Variegated Indian Rubber Tree)

Recently, we sighted this striking plant with captivating variegated foliage at a residential bungalow in the neighbourhood and rekindled our yearning for it again.

Beautiful bush of Ficus elastica 'Variegata' (Variegated Indian Rubber Tree/Fig, Variegated Rubber Fig/Tree, Variegated Rubber Plant/Bush) at a bungalow nearby, July 2 2015This is one awesome plant that we’ve been admiring and lusting for a very long time but forgotten about it. As the saying goes, “out of sight, out of mind”. ;-)

Anyway, we were unsure whether this lovely tree can be added to our small garden paradise due to space constrain. There’s limited area for it to be planted in the ground.

It took us sometime to realize that it can be alternatively grown in a large pot.

Hopefully soon, our yearning days for this beauty are over and we’ll be able to purchase it when the garden nursery in our vicinity has it for sale. Most likely we may need to source for it elsewhere if unavailable nearby.


Dianthus species and hybrids are astoundingly colourful!

Dianthus species and hybrids (Carnation, Pink, Sweet William), Nov 3 2013

Various coloured flowers of Dianthus barbatus (Carnation, Pink, Sweet William), Nov 3 2013We came across these astoundingly colourful beauties sometime in November 2013 and were instantaneously charmed by them.

There were several potted plants with many striking colours that it was somewhat difficult to nail our selection.

Hence, we carefully chose colours that were rarely seen in our small garden. One pot with magenta (process) flowers while the other, a variegated pattern-coloured type in pink and white.

Variegated pink and white Dianthus barbatus was added to our garden about 1½ years ago, Nov 3 2013 Clusters of magenta-coloured Dianthus hybrid in our garden bed, May 4 2014Fast forward to a year later in 2014, we noticed that the remaining plants that are still cheering us ever since is the magenta or dark pink cultivar of Dianthus barbatus, as shown in the right image above.

We are gloriously delighted that Dianthus species and hybrids are free-flowering throughout the year in tropical Malaysia.

Spathoglottis plicata with showy long-lasting blooms

Spathoglottis plicata (Ground Orchid)

We had planted these charming Ground Orchids in pots before where they bloom all year round.

Raindrops on purple-coloured Spathoglottis piicata (Philippine Ground Orchid, Large Purple Orchid, Pleated Leaf Spathoglottis), June 18 2015Happened to come across some potted plants at a garden nursery in our neighbourhood about five months ago.

However, we were somewhat disappointed as none of them had any flowering spikes to enable us to make a choice!

Reminiscing about their colourful beauty that we enjoyed during our early years of marriage several decades ago, we decided to get a pot.

Spathoglottis piicata starting to bloom for the first time, June 14 2015 Spathoglottis piicata (Ground Orchid, Large Purple Orchid, Pleated Leaf Spathoglottis) with another emerging flowering spike, June 20 2015It costs us RM18. Quite pricey as we were clueless of its flowers’ colour. Anyway, we decided to let nature takes its course.

However, no regrets… none whatsoever as it recently surprised us with a flowering stalk of gorgeous pinkish-purple or magenta coloured blooms!

Simply marvellous and one more flowering spike has emerged to cheer us.

Platycodon grandiflorus with captivating balloon-like flower buds

Platycodon grandiflorus

It was love at first sight when we first saw it at one of the garden nurseries along Jalan Sungai Buloh in Selangor.

Two dwarf varieties of Platycodon grandiflorus (Balloon Flower) in our garden, Nov 21 2013Their beautiful five-petaled, star-shaped flowers and balloon-like flower buds enthralled us so. Absolutely a wonder to behold!

Moreover we noticed that there were two differently coloured varieties in one of the pots for sale and we grabbed that without hesitation sometime late November, 2013. Our plants appear to be the dwarf type.

A very hardy and reliable flowering plant that keeps blooming happily in ideal conditions, in our tropical country, Malaysia which has everlasting summers.